It’s awards season in Hollywood, and while film critics everywhere debate the merits of leadings actors, another set of critics has made some judgments of their own. With working moms taking center stage in the world of hot young celebrities, Working Mother magazine decided it was time to ask the experts—the working mothers of America—to weigh in with their votes on Tinseltown’s hottest actress mothers.

“We here at Working Mother are delighted to celebrate all of Hollywood’s working mothers,” said Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Riss. “These women are such an inspiration to all of us, and they really show that it is possible to have both a successful career and a successful family.”

Readers picked their favorite moms in 12 categories:

Icon Mom

Winner—Meryl Streep

The two-time Academy Award winner scored 42% of the votes, edging out Annette Benning (36%) and Isabella Rosselini (22%).

Reality Mom

Winner—Heidi Klum

Juggling Project Runway and project diaper, this mom of three had 53% of the votes, winning out over Sharon Osbourne (34%) and Fantasia Barrino (13%).

Off-Ramping Mom

Winner—Julia Roberts

Absence has made 58% of voters’ hearts grow fonder of this Pretty Woman, who beat out Tea Leoni (23%) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (19%).

Mother-and-Daughter Team

Winners—Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson

These golden girls garnered 66% of the votes, outshining Blythe and Gwyneth (28%) and Diana and Tracee Ross (6%).

New Mom

Winner—Maggie Gyllenhaal

Fiancé and actor Peter Sarsgaard and baby Ramona helped clinch a 50% win, over Gillian Anderson (26%) and Sofia Coppola (24%).

Funniest Mom

Winner—Debra Messing

She makes even pratfalls sexy, winning 42% of readers’ votes, over Reese Witherspoon (35%) and Sarah Jessica Parker (23%).

Activist Mom

Winner—Susan Sarandon

Fighting the good fight helped this mom of three pull in 70% of readers’ votes, trouncing Rosie O’Donnell (19%) and Sharon Stone (11%).

Over-Exposed Mom (And We Don’t Care)

Winner—Britney Spears

Most readers don’t mind see Britney everywhere (64%), while some want to see even more of Angelina Jolie (24%) and Katie Holmes (12%).

Single Mom

Winner—Teri Hatcher

Readers’ 58% of votes put this mom of Emerson Rose on the A-list, over Mary-Louise Parker (29%) and Edie Falco (13%).

Fashionable Mom

Winner—Jada Pinkett Smith

Mom’s fashion savvy sure rubbed off on Willow and Jaden, with Mrs. Smith earning 50% of votes, over Courteney Cox (31%) and Heather Locklear (19%).

Adoptive Mom

Winner—Meg Ryan

Daisy True would surely agree with readers voting for her mom (52%) over Calista Flockhart (26%) and Madonna (22%).

Someday Mom

Winner—Jennifer Aniston

Most readers (57%) are crossing their fingers that this Friend will be in a family way soon, over Halle Berry (24%) and Salma Hayek (19%).

The results of the Working Mother poll appear in the February 2007 issue of the magazine.