2015

CATE BLANCHETT

Toward the top of the "serious actresses" shortlist is the Blue Jasmine star, who took home the trophy in 2014 for her performance as a boozy, fallen socialite (winning over Streep in August: Osage County). But even better than the award was Blanchett's acceptance speech, in which she chastised "those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences wanna see them, and, in fact, they make money." We're pretty sure the likeminded Streep was cheering in her seat.