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A history of Oscar-winning best actresses

Cate Blanchett reacts Sunday, March 2, after winning the best actress Oscar for her role in the film "Blue Jasmine." The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles in May 1929, honoring films and performances from 1927 and 1928. Here is a look back at the best actress winners before Blanchett, listed by the year in which they received their Oscar.

Cate Blanchett reacts Sunday, March 2, after winning the best actress Oscar for her role in the film "Blue Jasmine." The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles in May 1929, honoring films and performances from 1927 and 1928. Here is a look back at the best actress winners before Blanchett, listed by the year in which they received their Oscar.