Best Actress is one of the six major awards currently given out during the Avery Awards. Its legacy dates back to the pre-hiatus End of Season Awards, and a now-defunct Best Performance award given out from 1999 to 2003. Beginning with Winter 2003 Edition, two separate awards were given out for the "best actress" and "best actor", though they were referred to as Best Performance By A Male Actor and Best Performance By A Female Actor. In the years since, these have become synonymous with the current Best Actress and Best Actor awards, which were introduced in Spring 2005 Edition.
Winners and nominees
||This is a complete list of Best Actress winners and nominees. With rare exception, each entry has been copied from its source page almost entirely unaltered. As such, there may be instances of format inconsistencies, typography errors, and tendentious editing throughout.
This awards session was the first time that actors and actresses got their own categories. However, Katie Leigh's victory should be no surprise as it is her third straight victory. This was her first win in a comedic episode, with her first two wins for emotional roller-coaster shows — "Plan B" and #495: “The Unraveling”. Susan Silo with her quirky performance as Agnes Riley in "The Pact" placed second.
- SHADOWPAW'S THOUGHTS
If Katie Leigh had but one grunt in an Adventures in Odyssey episode, the fans would most certainly award her the "Best Actress" award. Why? Because Katie Leigh has time and time again shown the fans that she's a great actress. For that reason alone, I was a bit disappointed in the results. While I do think Katie is terrific, I also feel that "Do or Diet" was not some of her best work. When you compare her with Susan Silo, or young girls Lauren Schaffel and Danielle Judovits (both of whom have improved greatly over the years), you get the sense that Katie Leigh has a built in edge. I feel all the nominees in this category were deserving of the award, and my personal pick would have been Susan. She not only transformed herself into old Agnes Riley...but Agnes Riley of many different decades! That's no small feat to accomplish.
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?"
Lauren Schaffel as Liz Horton in "Hindsight"
Mitzi McCall as Mrs. Sutton in "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?"
Maureen Davis as Wilma Bassett in "Bassett Hounds"
Danielle Judovits as Aubrey Shepard in "All Things to All People"
It seems that Meryl Streep is nominated just about every year for an Academy Award. However, she doesn't win every year. Katie has won the award for four seasons running (every time she's been nominated) for her stellar performance as Connie Kendall and shows no signs of letting up. She got more than half the votes this time, and more than twice as many as her closest runner-up—Lauren Schaffel as Liz in "Hindsight." Katie's past wins have been for "Do or Diet," "The Unraveling," and "Plan B."
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Something Blue"
Aria Curzon as Mandy Straussberg in "Teacher's Pest"
Tierra Abbott as Michaela "Mike" Bourland in "Pink Is Not My Color"
Janet Waldo as Joanne Allen in "Something Blue"
Ashley Rose Orr as Lindy in "Black Clouds"
Katie Leigh's win as Connie came as no surprise. This is her fifth straight win and it's once again for a tough emotional show ("Something Blue"). Connie had to go through a whole range of emotions this season and Katie's performance never faltered. It's no wonder she's become such a popular (and prominent) character. Katie's past wins have been for "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?" "Do or Diet," "The Unraveling," and "Plan B." In a tight race for second, Aria Curzon won out for her performance in "Teachers' Pest."
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Living in the Gray"
Aria Curzon as Mandy Straussberg in "Split Ends"
Sara Buskirk as Hallie in "My Girl, Hallie"
Lauren Schaffel as Liz Horton in "Stubborn Streaks"
J-Karen Thomas as Elaine Washington in "Something's Got to Change"
In the least surprising category of the awards, Katie Leigh won "Best Actress" for the sixth straight time. (Katie has now tied the record for the most consecutive awards; Rob Jorgensen won six production awards in a row). Katie's performance (acting as Jimmy's vertible big sister) was different than many previous wins for emotional shows (like "Something Blue" and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow").
Aria Curzon earned her second straight "silver" prize for "Split Ends." (She previously won second for "Teacher's Pest")
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Call Me if You Care"
J-Karen Thomas as Elaine Washington in "Sunday Morning Scramble"
Aria Curzon as Mandy Straussberg in "True Calling"
Sara Buskirk as Cindy Bancroft in "Call Me if You Care"
Danielle Judovits as Aubrey Shepard in "Potential Possibilities"
Katie Leigh once again claimed her familiar (and well-earned) title as best actress of the season. However, this was by far her closest win, with only six percentage points separating her from the runner-up. (Katie's previous wins have generally been run-away victories with more than 50% of the vote.) Her excellent acting and emotions continue to be a cornerstone on Odyssey. Next to Walker (who also won this season), she's worked on the show longer than anyone else.
In a close second, J-Karen Thomas gave a stellar and forceful performance as Mrs. Washington. Her role was especially notable because her part was performed "wild." She wasn't in the studio with the other actors, but gave her lines by phone weeks later.
Danielle Judovits as Aubrey Shepard in "Always"
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Odyssey Sings!"
Audrey Wasilewski as Katrina Meltsner in "Prisoners of Fear"
Lauren Schaffel as Liz Horton in "Tales of a Small-Town Thug"
Courtney Brown as Tamika Washington in "Odyssey Sings!"
Aria Curzon as Mandy Straussberg in "Now More than Ever"
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "Around the Block"
Courtney Brown as Tamika Washington in "Bringing Up Dads"
Audrey Wasilewski as Katrina Shanks-Meltsner in "Dead Ends"
Mary Mouser as Samantha McKay in "Three O'Clock Call"
Rachel Fox as Kelly in "The Chosen One"
Aria Curzon as Mandy Straussberg in "Out of Our Hands"
J-Karen Thomas as Elaine Washington in "The Family Next Door"
Katie Leigh as Connie Kendall in "The Chosen One"
Mary Mouser as Samantha McKay in "The Nudge"
Multiple awards and nominations
The following individuals received two or more Best Actress awards:
The following individuals received two or more Best Actress nominations, but less than two Best Actress wins:
Multiple nominations for the same actor playing different characters
Multiple nominations from the same episode
Based on the actress's age at time of awards ceremony.