The 89th annual Academy Awards comes to ABC on Feb. 26, 2017, and Hollywood is buzzing with the recently announced list of nominees. The best actress in a leading role category represents a strong group of female characters -- from Emma Stone singing and dancing in "La La Land" to Ruth Negga's dramatic performance in the tear-jerker "Loving."
To remind you of Oscar history and reminisce about some classic films, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, looked at the best actress winner each year since the awards show began in 1929. Each slide includes the best actress winner for the given year, the role and movie for which they won the award, as well as the movie's Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross.
From classic Hollywood powerhouses like Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh, to modern favorites like Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, the 2017 best actress winner will find herself in a large group of amazing women.
Note: Movie descriptions were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.