There are a slew of record-holders to choose from since the turn of the century, 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 is the best of the best? You can only vote for one performance, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 15 winners? Then click through our photo gallery right here that highlights every Best Actress champ since 2001.
Photo Credit: Jim Smeal/REX Shutterstock