Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (2000–2020)

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  1. Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman


    Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; Hebrew: נטע-לי הרשלג‎; June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-born American (with dual citizenship) actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005). In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed a bachelor's degree in 2003.

  2. Charlize Theron

    Charlize Theron


    Charlize Theron (/ʃɑrˈlz ˈθɛrən/ shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress, producer and fashion model. She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008) A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

  3. Ellen Page

    Ellen Page


    Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987), known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows including Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page then ventured into mainstream films, winning attention after starring in the 2005 drama Hard Candy a role that won her the Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, before her breakthrough role in Jason Reitman's comedy film Juno (2007) for which she received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, and won numerous other accolades including the Independent Spirit Award, MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award for Best Actress Comedy .

  4. Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams


    Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9, 1980) is an American actress. After starting her career with television guest appearances in the early 1990s, Williams achieved recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek, which she played from 1998 to 2003. Williams graduated to full-length features, including Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Dick (1999), and Prozac Nation (2001).

  5. Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore


    Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, Moore is active in both art house and Hollywood films. She is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women, and has received many accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

  6. Felicity Huffman

    Felicity Huffman


    Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award, five times for a Golden Globe Award (winning one), and has also won an Emmy Award, Obie and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  7. Sissy Spacek

    Sissy Spacek


    Sissy Spacek (born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. She is an Academy Award winner and three-time Golden Globe Award winner.

  8. Ellen Burstyn

    Ellen Burstyn


    Ellen Burstyn (born Edna Rae Gillooly; December 7, 1932) is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series.

  9. Catalina Sandino Moreno

    Catalina Sandino Moreno


    Catalina Sandino Moreno (born April 19, 1981) is a Colombian actress. She shared the Silver Bear with Charlize Theron and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace (2004).

  10. Melissa Leo

    Melissa Leo


    Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons (1993–97). She had also previously been a regular on the television shows All My Children and The Young Riders.

  11. Gabourey Sidibe

    Gabourey Sidibe


    Gabourey Sidibe (/ˈɡæbəˌr ˈsɪdɪˌb/ GAB-ə-RAY SID-ih-BAY; born May 6, 1983) is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2010 to 2013, she was a main cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. Sidibe co-starred on the television series American Horror Story: Coven as Queenie and American Horror Story: Freak Show as Regina Ross. She currently stars in the Fox musical drama series Empire as Becky Williams and in the Hulu original comedy series Difficult People as Denise.

  12. Shareeka Epps

    Shareeka Epps


    Shareeka Epps (born July 11, 1989) is an American actress. She starred in the 2006 film Half Nelson, alongside Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie.

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