Best Actress 1940s



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In the 1940s, Hollywood turned away from the rags-to-riches stories of the previous decade to lift America’s spirits during the war and later reflect its darker undercurrents after. Throughout the decade, actresses played a wide array of darkly complex women who suffered mental illness, alcoholism or desperate circumstances brought on by their male counterparts. While some great performances were overlooked, as the Academy more often than not does, others have stood as timeless classics.

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Best Actress 1940s

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