Golden Globe Award For Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy Or Musical

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. Previously, there was a single award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture" but the splitting allowed for recognition of it and the Best Actress – Drama. The formal title has varied since its inception. In 2005, it was officially called: "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical". As of 2014, the wording is "Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy".



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Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The 2019 recipient: Olivia Colman
Awarded forBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy
LocationUnited States
Currently held byOlivia Colman for The Favourite (2018)

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. Previously, there was a single award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture" but the splitting allowed for recognition of it and the Best Actress – Drama.

The formal title has varied since its inception. In 2005, it was officially called: "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical". As of 2014, the wording is "Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy".[1]

Winners and nominees

Monroe c. 1953
Marilyn Monroe won for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).
Black-and-white publicity photo of Shirley MacLaine promoting the film The Apartment.
Shirley MacLaine won twice from nine nominations for her roles in 1960's The Apartment and 1963's Irma la Douce.
Photo of Julie Andrews in Sydney, Australia in 2013.
Julie Andrews won three times for her performances in titular character in Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victor Victoria (1982).
Black-and-white photo of Barbra Streisand in 1965.
Barbra Streisand won twice for her roles in Funny Girl (1968) and A Star Is Born (1976).
Diane Keaton won twice for her roles in Annie Hall (1977) and Something's Gotta Give (2003).
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Maggie Smith won for her performance in California Suite (1978).
Sissy Spacek won twice for her performances in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and Crimes of the Heart (1986).
Julie Walters won for her role in Educating Rita (1983)
Photo of Cher at the Empire Cinema in London.
Cher won for her performance in Moonstruck (1987).
Publicity photo of Jessica Tandy in the 1950s.
At age 80, Jessica Tandy became the oldest winner in this category for her performance in 1989's Driving Miss Daisy.
Photo of Julia Roberts at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Julia Roberts won for performance in Pretty Woman (1990).
Angela Bassett won for playing Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
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Jamie Lee Curtis won for her role in True Lies (1994).
Photo of Nicole Kidman at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Nicole Kidman won twice for her roles in To Die For (1995) and Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Madonna in a red dress and short blond hair, looking down
Madonna won for playing Eva Perón in Evita (1996).
Helen Hunt won for her role in As Good as It Gets (1997).
Gwyneth Paltrow won for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Renée Zellweger won twice for her roles in Nurse Betty (2000) and Chicago (2002).
Annette Bening won twice for her performances in Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Photo of Reese Witherspoon at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Reese Witherspoon won for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005).
Photo of Meryl Streep circa 1976 and 1979.
Meryl Streep has received ten nominations in this category, winning twice for The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009).
Photo of Marion Cotillard at the 2017 Cabourg Film Festival.
Marion Cotillard won for playing Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), becoming the first person to win for a French-language film.
Sally Hawkins won for her role in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Michelle Williams won for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011).
Photo of Jennifer Lawrence at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Jennifer Lawrence won twice for her roles in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Joy (2015).
Amy Adams won twice for her performances in American Hustle (2013) and Big Eyes (2014).
Photo of Emma Stone at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival
Emma Stone won for her role in La La Land (2016)
Saoirse Ronan won for her performance in Lady Bird (2017)


Year Actress Character Film
1951Judy Holliday Emma "Billie" DawnBorn Yesterday
Spring ByingtonLouisa NortonLouisa
Betty HuttonAnnie OakleyAnnie Get Your Gun
1952June Allyson Cynthia PotterToo Young to Kiss
1953Susan Hayward Jane FromanWith a Song in My Heart
Katharine HepburnPat PembertonPat and Mike
Ginger RogersEdwina FultonMonkey Business
1954Ethel Merman Sally AdamsCall Me Madam
1955Judy Garland Vicki LesterA Star Is Born
1956Jean Simmons Sarah BrownGuys and Dolls
1957Deborah Kerr Anna LeonowensThe King and I
Judy HollidayLaura PartridgeThe Solid Gold Cadillac
Machiko KyōLotus BlossomThe Teahouse of the August Moon
Marilyn MonroeChérieBus Stop
Debbie ReynoldsPolly ParishBundle of Joy
1958Taina Elg Angele DucrosLes Girls
Kay Kendall Sybil Wren
Cyd CharisseNina "Ninotchka" YoschenkoSilk Stockings
Audrey HepburnAriane ChavasseLove in the Afternoon
Jean SimmonsAnne LeedsThis Could Be the Night
1959Rosalind Russell Mame DennisAuntie Mame
Ingrid BergmanAnna KalmanIndiscreet
Leslie CaronGigiGigi
Doris DayIsolde PooleThe Tunnel of Love
Mitzi GaynorNellie ForbushSouth Pacific
1960Marilyn Monroe "Sugar Kane" KowalczykSome Like It Hot
Dorothy DandridgeBessPorgy and Bess
Doris DayJan MorrowPillow Talk
Shirley MacLaineMeg WheelerAsk Any Girl
Lilli PalmerKathryn WardBut Not for Me


Year Actress Character Film
1960Shirley MacLaine Fran KubelikThe Apartment
Lucille BallKitty WeaverThe Facts of Life
CapucinePrincess Carolyne zu Sayn-WittgensteinSong Without End
Judy HollidayElla PetersonBells Are Ringing
Sophia LorenLucia CurcioIt Started in Naples
1961Rosalind Russell Mrs. JacobyA Majority of One
Bette DavisApple AnniePocketful of Miracles
Audrey HepburnHolly GolightlyBreakfast at Tiffany's
Hayley MillsSusan Evers/Sharon McKendrickThe Parent Trap
Miyoshi UmekiMei LiFlower Drum Song
1962Rosalind Russell Rose HovickGypsy
Doris DayKitty WonderBilly Rose's Jumbo
Jane FondaIsabel HaverstickPeriod of Adjustment
Shirley JonesMarian ParooThe Music Man
Natalie WoodLouiseGypsy
1963Shirley MacLaine Irma la DouceIrma la Douce
Ann-MargretKim MacAffeeBye Bye Birdie
Doris DayEllen Wagstaff ArdenMove Over, Darling
Audrey HepburnRegina "Reggie" LampertCharade
Hayley MillsNancy CareySummer Magic
Molly PiconSophie BakerCome Blow Your Horn
Jill St. JohnPeggy JohnCome Blow Your Horn
Joanne WoodwardSamantha Blake/MimiA New Kind of Love
1964Julie Andrews Mary PoppinsMary Poppins
Audrey HepburnEliza DoolittleMy Fair Lady
Sophia LorenFilumena MartuarnoMarriage Italian-Style (Matrimonio all'italiana)
Melina MercouriElizabeth LippTopkapi
Debbie ReynoldsMolly BrownThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
1965Julie Andrews Maria von TrappThe Sound of Music
Jane FondaCat BallouCat Ballou
Barbara HarrisDr. Sandra MarkowitzA Thousand Clowns
Rita TushinghamNancy JonesThe Knack …and How to Get It
Natalie WoodDaisy CloverInside Daisy Clover
1966Lynn Redgrave GeorgyGeorgy Girl
Jane FondaEllenAny Wednesday
Elizabeth HartmanBarbara DarlingYou're a Big Boy Now
Shirley MacLaineNicole ChangGambit
Vanessa RedgraveLeonie DeltMorgan!
1967Anne Bancroft Mrs. RobinsonThe Graduate
Julie AndrewsMillie DillmountThoroughly Modern Millie
Audrey HepburnJoanna "Jo" WallaceTwo for the Road
Shirley MacLainePaulette/Maria Teresa/Linda/Edith/Eve Minou/Marie/JeanneWoman Times Seven
Vanessa RedgraveGuenevereCamelot
1968Barbra Streisand Fanny BriceFunny Girl
Julie AndrewsGertrude LawrenceStar!
Lucille BallHelen NorthYours, Mine and Ours
Petula ClarkSharon McLongeranFinian's Rainbow
Gina LollobrigidaCarla CampbellBuona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
1969Patty Duke Natalie MillerMe, Natalie
Ingrid BergmanStephanie DickinsonCactus Flower
Dyan CannonAlice HendersonBob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Kim DarbyDoris Bolton OwenGeneration
Mia FarrowMaryJohn and Mary
Shirley MacLaineCharity Hope ValentineSweet Charity
Anna MagnaniRose BomboliniThe Secret of Santa Vittoria
Barbra StreisandDolly LeviHello, Dolly!


Year Actress Character Film
1970Carrie Snodgress Tina BalserDiary of a Mad Housewife
Julie AndrewsLili SmithDarling Lili
Sandy DennisGwen KellermanThe Out-of-Towners
Angela LansburyCountess Erthe Van OrsteinSomething for Everyone
Barbra StreisandDorisThe Owl and the Pussycat
1971Twiggy Polly BrowneThe Boy Friend
Sandy DuncanAmy CooperStar Spangled Girl
Ruth GordonMaude ChardinHarold and Maude
Angela LansburyEglantine PriceBedknobs and Broomsticks
Elaine MayHenrietta LowellA New Leaf
1972Liza Minnelli Sally BowlesCabaret
Carol BurnettTilliePete 'n' Tillie
Goldie HawnJill TannerButterflies Are Free
Juliet MillsPamela PiggottAvanti!
Maggie SmithAugusta BertramTravels with My Aunt
1973Glenda Jackson Vicky AllesioA Touch of Class
Yvonne EllimanMary MagdaleneJesus Christ Superstar
Cloris LeachmanNettie ApplebyCharley and the Angel
Tatum O'NealAddie LogginsPaper Moon
Liv UllmannAnn Stanley40 Carats
1974Raquel Welch Constance BonacieuxThe Three Musketeers
Lucille BallMame DennisMame
Diahann CarrollClaudineClaudine
Helen HayesGrandma SteinmetzHerbie Rides Again
Cloris LeachmanFrau BlücherYoung Frankenstein
1975Ann-Margret Nora WalkerTommy
Julie ChristieJackie ShawnShampoo
Goldie HawnJill
Liza MinnelliClaireLucky Lady
Barbra StreisandFanny BriceFunny Lady
1976Barbra Streisand Esther HoffmanA Star Is Born
Jodie FosterAnnabelle AndrewsFreaky Friday
Barbara HarrisBlanche TylerFamily Plot
Ellen AndrewFreaky Friday
Goldie HawnAmanda "Duchess" QuaidThe Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
Rita MorenoGoogie GomezThe Ritz
1977Diane Keaton Annie HallAnnie Hall
Marsha Mason Paula McFaddenThe Goodbye Girl
Sally FieldCarrieSmokey and the Bandit
Liza MinnelliFrancine EvansNew York, New York
Lily TomlinMargo SperlingThe Late Show
1978Ellen Burstyn DorisSame Time, Next Year
Maggie Smith Diana BarrieCalifornia Suite
Jacqueline BissetNatasha O'BrienWho Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
Goldie HawnGloria MundyFoul Play
Olivia Newton-JohnSandy OlssonGrease
1979Bette Midler Mary Rose FosterThe Rose
Julie AndrewsSamantha Taylor10
Jill ClayburghMarilyn HolmbergStarting Over
Shirley MacLaineEve RandBeing There
Marsha MasonJennie MacLaineChapter Two


Year Actress Character Film
1980Sissy Spacek Loretta LynnCoal Miner's Daughter
Irene CaraCoco HernandezFame
Goldie HawnJudy BenjaminPrivate Benjamin
Bette MidlerHerself / The Divine Miss MDivine Madness!
Dolly PartonDoralee Rhodes9 to 5
1981Bernadette Peters Eileen EversonPennies from Heaven
Blair BrownDr. Nell PorterContinental Divide
Carol BurnettKate BurroughsThe Four Seasons
Jill ClayburghRuth LoomisFirst Monday in October
Liza MinnelliLinda MarollaArthur
1982Julie Andrews Victoria Grant / Victor GrezhinskiVictor Victoria
Carol BurnettMiss HanniganAnnie
Sally FieldKayKiss Me Goodbye
Goldie HawnPaula McCullenBest Friends
Dolly PartonMona StangleyThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Aileen QuinnAnnieAnnie
1983Julie Walters RitaEducating Rita
Anne BancroftAnna BronskiTo Be or Not to Be
Jennifer BealsAlex OwensFlashdance
Linda RonstadtMabelThe Pirates of Penzance
Barbra StreisandYentl/AnschelYentl
1984Kathleen Turner Joan WilderRomancing the Stone
Anne BancroftEstelle RolfeGarbo Talks
Mia FarrowTina VitaleBroadway Danny Rose
Shelley LongLucy BrodskyIrreconcilable Differences
Lily TomlinEdwina CutwaterAll of Me
1985Kathleen Turner Irene WalkerPrizzi's Honor
Rosanna ArquetteRoberta GlassDesperately Seeking Susan
Glenn CloseMaxieMaxie
Mia FarrowCeceliaThe Purple Rose of Cairo
Sally FieldEmma MoriartyMurphy's Romance
1986Sissy Spacek Rebecca "Babe" Magrath - BotrelleCrimes of the Heart
Julie AndrewsGillian FairchildThat's Life!
Melanie GriffithAudrey HankelSomething Wild
Bette MidlerBarbara WhitemanDown and Out in Beverly Hills
Kathleen TurnerPeggy SuePeggy Sue Got Married
1987Cher Loretta CastoriniMoonstruck
Jennifer GreyFrances "Baby" HousemanDirty Dancing
Holly HunterJane CraigBroadcast News
Diane KeatonJ.C. WiattBaby Boom
Bette MidlerSandy BronzinskyOutrageous Fortune
1988Melanie Griffith Tess McGillWorking Girl
Jamie Lee CurtisWanda GershwitzA Fish Called Wanda
Amy IrvingIsabelle GrossmanCrossing Delancey
Michelle PfeifferAngela DeMarcoMarried to the Mob
Susan SarandonAnnie SavoyBull Durham
1989Jessica Tandy Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Pauline CollinsShirley Valentine BradshawShirley Valentine
Meg RyanSally AlbrightWhen Harry Met Sally...
Meryl StreepMary FisherShe-Devil
Kathleen TurnerBarbara RoseThe War of the Roses


Year Actress Character Film
1990Julia Roberts Vivian WardPretty Woman
Mia FarrowAliceAlice
Andie MacDowellBronte MitchellGreen Card
Demi MooreMolly JensenGhost
Meryl StreepSuzanne ValePostcards from the Edge
1991Bette Midler Dixie LeonardFor the Boys
Ellen BarkinAmanda BrooksSwitch
Kathy BatesEvelyn CouchFried Green Tomatoes
Anjelica HustonMorticia AddamsThe Addams Family
Michelle PfeifferFrankieFrankie and Johnny
1992Miranda Richardson Rose ArbuthnotEnchanted April
Geena DavisDottie HinsonA League of Their Own
Whoopi GoldbergDeloris van CartierSister Act
Shirley MacLainePearl BermanUsed People
Meryl StreepMadeline AshtonDeath Becomes Her
1993Angela Bassett Tina TurnerWhat's Love Got to Do with It
Stockard ChanningOuisa KittredgeSix Degrees of Separation
Anjelica HustonMorticia AddamsAddams Family Values
Diane KeatonCarol LiptonManhattan Murder Mystery
Meg RyanAnnie ReedSleepless in Seattle
1994Jamie Lee Curtis Helen TaskerTrue Lies
Geena DavisJulia MannSpeechless
Andie MacDowellCarrieFour Weddings and a Funeral
Shirley MacLaineTess CarlisleGuarding Tess
Emma ThompsonDr. Diana ReddingJunior
1995Nicole Kidman Suzanne Stone-MarettoTo Die For
Annette BeningSydney Ellen WadeThe American President
Sandra BullockLucy Eleanor ModeratzWhile You Were Sleeping
Toni ColletteMuriel HeslopMuriel's Wedding
Vanessa RedgraveMiss BentleyA Month by the Lake
1996Madonna Eva PerónEvita
Glenn CloseCruella de Vil101 Dalmatians
Frances McDormandMarge GundersonFargo
Debbie ReynoldsBeatrice HendersonMother
Barbra StreisandRose MorganThe Mirror Has Two Faces
1997Helen Hunt Carol ConnellyAs Good as It Gets
Joey Lauren AdamsAlyssa JonesChasing Amy
Pam GrierJackie BrownJackie Brown
Jennifer LopezSelena Quintanilla-PérezSelena
Julia RobertsJulianne PotterMy Best Friend's Wedding
1998Gwyneth Paltrow Viola de LessepsShakespeare in Love
Cameron DiazMary JensenThere's Something About Mary
Jane HorrocksLaura HoffLittle Voice
Christina RicciDeedee TruittThe Opposite of Sex
Meg RyanKathleen KellyYou've Got Mail
1999Janet McTeer Mary Jo WalkerTumbleweeds
Julianne MooreMrs. Laura CheveleyAn Ideal Husband
Julia RobertsAnna ScottNotting Hill
Sharon StoneSarah LittleThe Muse
Reese WitherspoonTracy FlickElection


Year Actress Character Film
2000Renée Zellweger Betty SizemoreNurse Betty
Juliette BinocheVianne RocherChocolat
Brenda BlethynGrace TrevethynSaving Grace
Sandra BullockGracie HartMiss Congeniality
Tracey UllmanFrenchy JacksonSmall Time Crooks
2001Nicole Kidman SatineMoulin Rouge!
Thora BirchEnid WilsonGhost World
Cate BlanchettKate WheelerBandits
Reese WitherspoonElle WoodsLegally Blonde
Renée ZellwegerBridget JonesBridget Jones's Diary
2002Renée Zellweger Roxie HartChicago
Maggie GyllenhaalLee HollowaySecretary
Goldie HawnSuzette CrooksThe Banger Sisters
Nia VardalosToula PortokalosMy Big Fat Greek Wedding
Catherine Zeta-JonesVelma KellyChicago
2003Diane Keaton Erica Jane BarrySomething's Gotta Give
Jamie Lee CurtisTess ColemanFreaky Friday
Scarlett JohanssonCharlotte RileyLost in Translation
Diane LaneFrances MayesUnder the Tuscan Sun
Helen MirrenChris HarperCalendar Girls
2004Annette Bening Julia LambertBeing Julia
Ashley JuddLinda PorterDe-Lovely
Emmy RossumChristine DaaéThe Phantom of the Opera
Kate WinsletClementine KruczynskiEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Renée ZellwegerBridget JonesBridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
2005Reese Witherspoon June CarterWalk the Line
Judi DenchLaura HendersonMrs Henderson Presents
Keira KnightleyElizabeth BennetPride & Prejudice
Laura LinneyJoan BerkmanThe Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica ParkerMeredith MortonThe Family Stone
2006Meryl Streep Miranda PriestlyThe Devil Wears Prada
Annette BeningDeirdre BurroughsRunning with Scissors
Toni ColletteSheryl HooverLittle Miss Sunshine
Beyoncé KnowlesDeena JonesDreamgirls
Renée ZellwegerBeatrix PotterMiss Potter
2007Marion Cotillard Édith PiafLa Vie en Rose
Amy AdamsGiselleEnchanted
Nikki BlonskyTracy TurnbladHairspray
Helena Bonham CarterMrs. LovettSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Ellen PageJuno MacGuffJuno
2008Sally Hawkins Pauline "Poppy" CrossHappy-Go-Lucky
Rebecca HallVicky MarielleVicky Cristina Barcelona
Frances McDormandLinda LitzkeBurn After Reading
Meryl StreepDonna SheridanMamma Mia!
Emma ThompsonKate WalkerLast Chance Harvey
2009Meryl Streep Julia ChildJulie & Julia
Sandra BullockMargaret TateThe Proposal
Marion CotillardLuisa ContiniNine
Julia RobertsClaire StenwickDuplicity
Meryl StreepJane AdlerIt's Complicated


Multiple nominees

Year Actress Character Film
2010Annette Bening Dr. Nicole "Nic" AllgoodThe Kids Are All Right
Anne HathawayMaggie MurdockLove & Other Drugs
Angelina JolieElise WardThe Tourist
Julianne MooreJules AllgoodThe Kids Are All Right
Emma StoneOlive PenderghastEasy A
2011Michelle Williams Marilyn MonroeMy Week with Marilyn
Jodie FosterPenelope LongstreetCarnage
Charlize TheronMavis GaryYoung Adult
Kristen WiigAnnie WalkerBridesmaids
Kate WinsletNancy CowanCarnage
2012Jennifer Lawrence Tiffany MaxwellSilver Linings Playbook
Emily BluntHarriet Chetwode-TalbotSalmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi DenchEvelyn GreensladeThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Maggie SmithJean HortonQuartet
Meryl StreepKay SoamesHope Springs
2013Amy Adams Sydney Prosser / Lady Edith GreenslyAmerican Hustle
Julie DelpyCéline WallaceBefore Midnight
Greta GerwigFrances HallidayFrances Ha
Julia Louis-DreyfusEva HendersonEnough Said
Meryl StreepViolet WestonAugust: Osage County
2014 Amy Adams Margaret KeaneBig Eyes
Emily BluntThe Baker's WifeInto the Woods
Helen MirrenMadame MalloryThe Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne MooreHavana SegrandMaps to the Stars
Quvenzhané WallisAnnie BennettAnnie
2015 Jennifer Lawrence Joy ManganoJoy
Melissa McCarthySusan CooperSpy
Amy SchumerAmy TownsendTrainwreck
Maggie SmithMary ShepherdThe Lady in the Van
Lily TomlinElle ReidGrandma
2016 Emma Stone Mia DolanLa La Land
Annette BeningDorothea Fields20th Century Women
Lily CollinsMarla MabreyRules Don't Apply
Hailee SteinfeldNadine FranklinThe Edge of Seventeen
Meryl StreepFlorence Foster JenkinsFlorence Foster Jenkins
2017 Saoirse Ronan Christine "Lady Bird" McPhersonLady Bird
Judi DenchQueen VictoriaVictoria & Abdul
Helen MirrenElla SpencerThe Leisure Seeker
Margot RobbieTonya HardingI, Tonya
Emma StoneBillie Jean KingBattle of the Sexes
2018 Olivia ColmanQueen Anne The Favourite
Emily BluntMary PoppinsMary Poppins Returns
Elsie FisherKayla DayEighth Grade
Charlize TheronMarlo MoreauTully
Constance WuRachel ChuCrazy Rich Asians

Multiple winners

3 wins
2 wins

See also


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