There are a slew of record-holders to choose from over the past 14 years, with the first African-American victor (Halle Berry), the first French-language performer (Marion Cotillard) and the second-youngest starlet (Jennifer Lawrence) all in consideration. One legendary leading lady even makes our poll after a 30-year absence from the winner’s circle: Meryl Streep.
But which one of these actresses is the best of the best? You can only vote for one performance, so choose wisely.
Need help remembering the past 14 winners? Then scroll through our Oscars photo gallery below the poll that highlights every Best Actress champ since 2001.