Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress

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The Silver Bear for Best Actress (German: Silberner Bär/Beste Darstellerin) is the Berlin International Film Festival's award for achievement in performance by an actress. It is selected by the jury of the festival for films in the official competition slate. The award was first presented in 1956, and can be for lead or supporting roles. The award was not presented in 1969, 1970, 1973, and 1974. Sachiko Hidari won the award for two films in the 1964 competition. In 2011 the award was given to the entire female cast of A Separation. Shirley MacLaine is the only actress that has won the award more than once.

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award

Award Winners

Year Actress Film Character
1956 Italy Elsa Martinelli Donatella Donatella
1957 United Kingdom Yvonne Mitchell Woman in a Dressing Gown Amy Preston
1958 Italy Anna Magnani Wild Is the Wind Gioia ‡
1959 United States Shirley MacLaine Ask Any Girl Meg Wheeler
1960 France Juliette Mayniel The Fair Annette
1961 France Anna Karina A Woman Is a Woman Angela Récamier
United States Rita Gam
Sweden Viveca Lindfors
No Exit Estelle Rigault
Inès Serrano
1963 Sweden Bibi Andersson The Mistress The Girl
1964 Japan Sachiko Hidari The Insect Woman / She and He Tome Matsuki / Naoko Ishikawa
1965 India Madhur Jaffrey Shakespeare Wallah Manjula
1966 United States Lola Albright Lord Love a Duck Marie Greene
1967 United Kingdom Edith Evans The Whisperers Maggie Ross ‡
1968 France Stéphane Audran The Does Frédérique
1969 No Award
1970 No Award
France Simone Signoret
United States Shirley MacLaine
The Cat
Desperate Characters
Clémence Bouin
Sophie Bentwood
1972 United States Elizabeth Taylor Hammersmith Is Out Jimmie Jean Jackson
1973 No Award
1974 No Award
1975 Japan Kinuyo Tanaka Brothel No. 8 Osaki Yamakawa
1976 Poland Jadwiga Barańska Nights and Days Barbara Niechcic
1977 United States Lily Tomlin The Late Show Margo Sperling
1978 United States Gena Rowlands Opening Night Myrtle Gordon
1979 West Germany Hanna Schygulla The Marriage of Maria Braun Maria Braun
1980 East Germany Renate Krößner Solo Sunny Ingrid “Sunny” Sommer
1981 Poland Barbara Grabowska Fever Kama
1982 East Germany Katrin Saß Warranty for One Year Nina Kern
1983 Soviet Union Yevgeniya Glushenko I Love At Will Vera Silkova
Soviet Union Inna Churikova
Italy Monica Vitti
Wartime Romance
1985 Australia Jo Kennedy Wrong World Mary
France Charlotte Valandrey
Brazil Marcélia Cartaxo
Red Kiss
Hour of the Star
1987 Brazil Ana Beatriz Nogueira Vera Anderson / Vera Bauer
1988 United States Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig ‡
1989 France Isabelle Adjani Camille Claudel Camille Claudel
1991 Spain Victoria Abril Lovers Luisa
1992 Hong Kong Maggie Cheung Centre Stage Ruan Lingyu
1993 United States Michelle Pfeiffer Love Field Lurene Hallett ‡
1994 United Kingdom Crissy Rock Ladybird, Ladybird Maggie Conlan
1995 Hong Kong Josephine Siao Summer Snow May Sun
1996 France Anouk Grinberg My Man Marie Abarth
1997 France Juliette Binoche The English Patient Hana ‡
1998 Brazil Fernanda Montenegro Central Station Isadora Teixeira ‡
Germany Juliane Köhler
Germany Maria Schrader
Aimée & Jaguar Aimée
2000 Germany Bibiana Beglau
Germany Nadja Uhl
The Legend of Rita Rita Vogt
2001 New Zealand Kerry Fox Intimacy Claire
2002 United States Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove ‡
United StatesAustralia Nicole Kidman
United States Julianne Moore
United States Meryl Streep
The Hours Virginia Woolf
Laura Brown ‡
Clarissa Vaughn
South Africa Charlize Theron
Colombia Catalina Sandino Moreno
Maria Full of Grace
Aileen Wournos
María Álvarez ‡
2005 Germany Julia Jentsch Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Sophie Scholl
2006 Germany Sandra Hüller Requiem Michaela Klingler
2007 Germany Nina Hoss Yella Yella Fichte
2008 United Kingdom Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
2009 Austria Birgit Minichmayr Everyone Else Gitti
2010[1] Japan Shinobu Terajima Caterpillar Shigeko Kurokawa
2011[2] Iran Female Cast A Separation -
2012[3] Democratic Republic of the Congo Rachel Mwanza War Witch Komona
2013[4] Chile Paulina García Gloria Gloria Cumplido
2014[5] Japan Haru Kuroki The Little House Taki Nunomiya
2015[6] United KingdomFrance Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer

See also


  1. 2010 Festival winner accessed 6-27-2015
  2. 2011 award winners accessed 6-27-2015
  3. 2012 winner accessed 6-27-2015
  4. 2013 winners accessed 6-27-2015
  5. 2014 winner accessed 6-27-2015
  6. 2015 winners accessed 6-27-2015

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