Other notes: Swanson was nominated for Best Actress but did not win. She's also the originator of such classic cinema quotes like "All right Mr. DeMille, i'm ready for my closeup", "I'm big. It's the pictures that have gotten small" and my personal favourite: "We didn't need dialogues. We had faces"!
Other notes: Spacek sweeped up the Best Actress Award and like the above, Spacek also plays a real life person - Famed country star Loretta Lynn. When Sissy Spacek won the Best Actress Award, it marked one of the only 2 times that an actor/actress & person they were portraying onscreen were both present at the Oscars. The other is Raging Bull!
Other notes: The most youngest in this list and the most natural. Even though she wasn't nominated for any major awards, she won several Young Artists Awards. A very heartwarming and touching performance that sends Shirley Temple back to Year 1!
Yes, i'm aware that there are hundreds of great female performances out there but these 10 have impressed me a-lot and believe me, i only see these films just to see those positively stunning performances that can only rarely be matched nowadays!