Every dress worn by Best Actress Academy Awards winners.Photo: Mediarun Digital Best Actress Oscar winners are kind of like the prom queens of (Quick lesson in fashion history: this amazing infographic of Best Actress winners' gowns!
Vivien Leigh shows her Oscar for Best Actress in Gone With The Wind. The 12th Academy Awards was held on February 29, 1940 at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Gone With The Wind received the most nominations with thirteen, winning ten of them.
Jet magazine, March 10, 1955 — Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge was only the third African American to receive a nomination in any category, and the first to be nominated for Best Actress. Grace Kelly won that year for The Country Girl. It would take another 46 years before an African American would win Best Actress (Halle Berry in 2001's Monster's Ball).