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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1937 (for performances in films released in 1936)
Currently held by Jared Leto,
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. Since its inception, however, the award has commonly been referred to as the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. While actors are nominated for this award by Academy members who are actors and actresses themselves, winners are selected by the Academy membership as a whole.


  • History 1
  • Superlatives 2
  • Winners and nominees 3
    • 1930s 3.1
    • 1940s 3.2
    • 1950s 3.3
    • 1960s 3.4
    • 1970s 3.5
    • 1980s 3.6
    • 1990s 3.7
    • 2000s 3.8
    • 2010s 3.9
  • Multiple awards for Best Supporting Actor 4
  • Multiple nominations for Best Supporting Actor 5
  • International presence 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Throughout the past 77 years AMPAS has presented a total of 77 Best Supporting Actor awards to 69 different actors. Winners of this Academy Award of Merit receive the familiar Oscar statuette, depicting a gold-plated knight holding a crusader's sword and standing on a reel of film. Prior to the 16th Academy Awards ceremony (1943), however, they received a plaque. The first recipient was Walter Brennan, who was honored at the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936) for his performance in Come and Get It. The most recent recipient was Jared Leto, who was honored at the 86th Academy Awards (2013) for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.

Until the 8th Academy Awards ceremony (1935), nominations for the Best Actor award were intended to include all actors, whether the performance was in a leading or supporting role. At the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936), however, the Best Supporting Actor category was specifically introduced as a distinct award following complaints that the single Best Actor category necessarily favored leading performers with the most screen time. Nonetheless, Lionel Barrymore had received a Best Actor award (A Free Soul, 1931) and Franchot Tone a Best Actor nomination (Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935) for their performances in supporting roles. Conversely, James Dunn received a Best Supporting Actor award for his leading actor role in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945). Under the system currently in place, an actor is nominated for a specific performance in a single film, and such nominations are limited to five per year. Currently, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role constitute the four Academy Awards of Merit for acting annually presented by AMPAS.


Superlative Actor
Actor with most awards Walter Brennan 3
Actor with most nominations Walter Brennan
Claude Rains
Arthur Kennedy
Jack Nicholson
Actor with most nominations
(without ever winning)
Claude Rains
Arthur Kennedy
Oldest winner Christopher Plummer 82
Oldest nominee Hal Holbrook
Christopher Plummer
Max von Sydow
Youngest winner Timothy Hutton 20
Youngest nominee Justin Henry 8

Walter Brennan, the winner of the inaugural award in 1936, is the only actor to win the award three times (from four nominations). Jason Robards is the only person to win consecutive Best Supporting Actor awards, one for All the President's Men (1976), and the other for Julia (1977).

Claude Rains and Arthur Kennedy share the greatest number of unsuccessful nominations, with four each. The only other actors with four nominations are Walter Brennan (won three times) and Jack Nicholson (won once). Charles Bickford, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, and Al Pacino have each had three unsuccessful nominations, though Bridges, Duvall and Pacino all have won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Harold Russell was the first (and only) actor to receive two Academy Awards for the same performance when he won the Best Supporting Actor award and was also presented with an Academy Honorary Award for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Thanks to a voting quirk, in 1944, Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way became the only actor nominated in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories for the same performance, winning the latter. (Today, Academy bylaws preclude this from happening.)

The Godfather earned three nominations for Best Supporting Actor at the 45th Academy Awards, for Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, but all three lost to Joel Grey of Cabaret. Pacino himself boycotted the ceremony as he was insulted at being nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award, even though he had more screen time than costar and Best Leading Actor winner Marlon Brando—who was himself boycotting the awards.[1] The Godfather Part II received three Best Supporting Actor nominations with Robert De Niro winning, while The Godfather Part III's Andy García was nominated. On the Waterfront was the first movie to receive three Best Supporting Actor nominations: Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Karl Malden.

Heath Ledger is the only person to posthumously win an acting Oscar in a supporting role. He won the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight, 2008.

Winners and nominees

Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by year of their Los Angeles qualifying run, which is usually (but not always) the film's year of release. For example, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor of 1999 was announced during the award ceremony held in 2000. Winners are listed first in the colored rows, followed by the other nominees. For a list sorted by actor names, please see List of Best Supporting Actor nominees. For a list sorted by film titles, please see List of Best Supporting Actor nominees (films). Winners are listed first in colored row, followed by the other nominees.


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Walter Brennan Come and Get It Swan Bostrom
Mischa Auer My Man Godfrey Carlo
Stuart Erwin Pigskin Parade Amos Dodd
Basil Rathbone Romeo and Juliet Tybalt – Nephew to Lady Capulet
Akim Tamiroff The General Died at Dawn General Yang
Joseph Schildkraut The Life of Emile Zola Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
Ralph Bellamy The Awful Truth Dan Leeson
Thomas Mitchell The Hurricane Dr. Kersaint
H. B. Warner Lost Horizon Chang
Roland Young Topper Cosmo Topper
Walter Brennan Kentucky Peter Goodwin
John Garfield Four Daughters Mickey Borden
Gene Lockhart Algiers Regis
Robert Morley Marie Antoinette King Louis XVI
Basil Rathbone If I Were King King Louis XI
Thomas Mitchell Stagecoach Dr. Josiah Boone
Brian Aherne Juarez Emperor Maximilian von Habsburg
Harry Carey Mr. Smith Goes to Washington President of the Senate
Brian Donlevy Beau Geste Sgt. Markoff
Claude Rains Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Walter Brennan The Westerner Judge Roy Bean
Albert Basserman Foreign Correspondent Van Meer
William Gargan They Knew What They Wanted Joe
Jack Oakie The Great Dictator Benzini Napaloni (Dictator of Bacteria)
James Stephenson The Letter Howard Joyce
Donald Crisp How Green Was My Valley Gwilym Morgan
Walter Brennan Sergeant York Pastor Rosier Pile
Charles Coburn The Devil and Miss Jones John P. Merrick
James Gleason Here Comes Mr. Jordan Max Corkle
Sydney Greenstreet The Maltese Falcon Kasper Gutman
Van Heflin Johnny Eager Jeff Hartnett
William Bendix Wake Island Pvt. Aloysius "Smacksie" Randall
Walter Huston Yankee Doodle Dandy Jerry Cohan
Frank Morgan Tortilla Flat The Pirate
Henry Travers Mrs. Miniver James Ballard
Charles Coburn The More the Merrier Benjamin Dingle
Charles Bickford The Song of Bernadette Father Peyramale
J. Carrol Naish Sahara Giuseppe
Claude Rains Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault
Akim Tamiroff For Whom the Bell Tolls Pablo
Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way Father Fitzgibbon
Hume Cronyn The Seventh Cross Paul Roeder
Claude Rains Mr. Skeffington Job Skeffington
Clifton Webb Laura Waldo Lydecker
Monty Woolley Since You Went Away Colonel William G. Smollett
James Dunn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Johnny Nolan
Michael Chekhov Spellbound Dr. Alexander "Alex" Brulov
John Dall The Corn Is Green Morgan Evans
Robert Mitchum The Story of G.I. Joe Lt. Capt. Bill Walker
J. Carrol Naish A Medal for Benny Charley Martin
Harold Russell The Best Years of Our Lives Homer Parrish
Charles Coburn The Green Years Alexander Gow
William Demarest The Jolson Story Steve Martin
Claude Rains Notorious Alexander Sebastian
Clifton Webb The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton
Edmund Gwenn Miracle on 34th Street Kris Kringle
Charles Bickford The Farmer's Daughter Joseph Clancy
Thomas Gomez Ride the Pink Horse Pancho
Robert Ryan Crossfire Montgomery
Richard Widmark Kiss of Death Tommy Udo
Walter Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Howard
Charles Bickford Johnny Belinda Black McDonald
José Ferrer Joan of Arc The Dauphin, Charles VII, later King of France
Oskar Homolka I Remember Mama Uncle Chris Halverson
Cecil Kellaway The Luck of the Irish Horace (A Leprechaun)
Dean Jagger Twelve O'Clock High Major Harvey Stovall
John Ireland All the King's Men Jack Burden
Arthur Kennedy Champion Connie Kelly
Ralph Richardson The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper
James Whitmore Battleground Sgt. Kinnie


Year Actor Film Role(s)
George Sanders All About Eve Addison De Witt
Jeff Chandler Broken Arrow Cochise
Edmund Gwenn Mister 880 "Skipper" Miller
Sam Jaffe The Asphalt Jungle Dr. Erwin Riedenschneider
Erich von Stroheim Sunset Boulevard Max von Meyerling
Karl Malden A Streetcar Named Desire Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
Leo Genn Quo Vadis Petronius
Kevin McCarthy Death of a Salesman Biff Loman
Peter Ustinov Quo Vadis Nero
Gig Young Come Fill the Cup Boyd Copeland
Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata! Eufemio Zapata
Richard Burton My Cousin Rachel Philip Ashley
Arthur Hunnicutt The Big Sky Zeb Calloway
Victor McLaglen The Quiet Man Will "Red" Danaher
Jack Palance Sudden Fear Lester Blaine
Frank Sinatra From Here to Eternity Pvt. Angelo Maggio
Eddie Albert Roman Holiday Irving Radovich
Brandon deWilde Shane Joey Starrett
Jack Palance Shane Jack Wilson
Robert Strauss Stalag 17 Sgt. Stanislas "Animal" Kasava
Edmond O'Brien The Barefoot Contessa Oscar Muldoon
Lee J. Cobb On the Waterfront Johnny Friendly
Karl Malden On the Waterfront Father Barry
Rod Steiger On the Waterfront Charley "The Gent" Malloy
Tom Tully The Caine Mutiny Commander DeVriess
Jack Lemmon Mister Roberts Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Arthur Kennedy Trial Barney Castle
Joe Mantell Marty Angie
Sal Mineo Rebel Without a Cause John "Plato" Crawford
Arthur O'Connell Picnic Howard Bevans
Anthony Quinn Lust for Life Paul Gauguin
Don Murray Bus Stop Beauregard "Bo" Decker
Anthony Perkins Friendly Persuasion Josh Birdwell
Mickey Rooney The Bold and the Brave Dooley
Robert Stack Written on the Wind Kyle Hadley
Red Buttons Sayonara Airman Joe Kelly
Vittorio De Sica A Farewell to Arms Major Alessandro Rinaldi
Sessue Hayakawa The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Saito
Arthur Kennedy Peyton Place Lucas Cross
Russ Tamblyn Peyton Place Norman Page
Burl Ives The Big Country Rufus Hannassey
Theodore Bikel The Defiant Ones Sheriff Max Muller
Lee J. Cobb The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Karamazov
Arthur Kennedy Some Came Running Frank Hirsh
Gig Young Teacher's Pet Dr. Hugo Pine
Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim
Arthur O'Connell Anatomy of a Murder Parnell Emmett McCarthy
George C. Scott Anatomy of a Murder Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer
Robert Vaughn The Young Philadelphians Chester "Chet" Gwynn
Ed Wynn The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Dussell


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Peter Ustinov Spartacus Lentulus Batiatus
Peter Falk Murder, Inc. Abe "Kid Twist" Reles
Jack Kruschen The Apartment Dr. Dreyfuss
Sal Mineo Exodus Dov Landau
Chill Wills The Alamo Beekeeper
George Chakiris West Side Story Bernardo Nuñez
Montgomery Clift Judgment at Nuremberg Rudolph Petersen
Peter Falk Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy
Jackie Gleason The Hustler Minnesota Fats
George C. Scott (declined nomination) The Hustler Bert Gordon
Ed Begley Sweet Bird of Youth Tom 'Boss' Finley
Victor Buono What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Edwin Flagg
Telly Savalas Birdman of Alcatraz Feto Gomez
Omar Sharif Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Terence Stamp Billy Budd Billy Budd
Melvyn Douglas Hud Homer Bannon
Nick Adams Twilight of Honor Ben Brown
Bobby Darin Captain Newman, M.D. Corporal Jim Tompkins
Hugh Griffith Tom Jones Squire Western
John Huston The Cardinal Cardinal Glennon
Peter Ustinov Topkapi Arthur Simon Simpson
John Gielgud Becket Louis VII of France
Stanley Holloway My Fair Lady Alfred Doolittle
Edmond O'Brien Seven Days in May Senator Raymond Clark
Lee Tracy The Best Man President Art Hockstader
Martin Balsam A Thousand Clowns Arnold Burns
Ian Bannen The Flight of the Phoenix "Ratbags" Crow
Tom Courtenay Doctor Zhivago Pasha Antipov (Strelnikov)
Michael Dunn Ship of Fools Carl Glocken
Frank Finlay Othello Iago
Walter Matthau The Fortune Cookie Willie Gingrich
Mako The Sand Pebbles Po-han
James Mason Georgy Girl James Leamington
George Segal Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nick
Robert Shaw A Man for All Seasons Henry VIII of England
George Kennedy Cool Hand Luke Dragline
John Cassavetes The Dirty Dozen Victor P. Franko
Gene Hackman Bonnie and Clyde Buck Barrow
Cecil Kellaway Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Monsignor Mike Ryan
Michael J. Pollard Bonnie and Clyde C.W. Moss
Jack Albertson The Subject Was Roses John Cleary
Seymour Cassel Faces Chet
Daniel Massey Star! Noël Coward
Jack Wild Oliver! The Artful Dodger
Gene Wilder The Producers Leo Bloom
Gig Young They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Rocky Graver
Rupert Crosse The Reivers Ned McCaslin
Elliott Gould Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Ted Henderson
Jack Nicholson Easy Rider George Hanson
Anthony Quayle Anne of the Thousand Days Cardinal Wolsey


Year Actor Film Role(s)
John Mills Ryan's Daughter Michael
Richard S. Castellano Lovers and Other Strangers Frank Vecchio
Chief Dan George Little Big Man Old Lodge Skins
Gene Hackman I Never Sang for My Father Gene Garrison
John Marley Love Story Phil Cavalleri
Ben Johnson The Last Picture Show Sam the Lion
Jeff Bridges The Last Picture Show Duane Jackson
Leonard Frey Fiddler on the Roof Motel Kamzoil
Richard Jaeckel Sometimes a Great Notion Joe Ben Stamper
Roy Scheider The French Connection Det. Buddy "Cloudy" Russo
Joel Grey Cabaret Master of Ceremonies
Eddie Albert The Heartbreak Kid Mr. Corcoran
James Caan The Godfather Sonny Corleone
Robert Duvall The Godfather Tom Hagen
Al Pacino The Godfather Michael Corleone
John Houseman The Paper Chase Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr.
Vincent Gardenia Bang the Drum Slowly Dutch Schnell
Jack Gilford Save the Tiger Phil Greene
Jason Miller The Exorcist Father Damien Karras
Randy Quaid The Last Detail Larry Meadows
Robert De Niro The Godfather Part II Vito Corleone
Fred Astaire The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne
Jeff Bridges Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Lightfoot
Michael V. Gazzo The Godfather Part II Frank Pentangeli
Lee Strasberg The Godfather Part II Hyman Roth
George Burns The Sunshine Boys Al Lewis
Brad Dourif One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit
Burgess Meredith The Day of the Locust Harry Greener
Chris Sarandon Dog Day Afternoon Leon Shermer
Jack Warden Shampoo Lester Karpf
Jason Robards All the President's Men Ben Bradlee
Ned Beatty Network Arthur Jensen
Burgess Meredith Rocky Mickey Goldmill
Laurence Olivier Marathon Man Dr. Christian Szell
Burt Young Rocky Paulie Pennino
Jason Robards Julia Dashiell Hammett
Mikhail Baryshnikov The Turning Point Yuri Kopeikine
Peter Firth Equus Alan Strang
Alec Guinness Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi
Maximilian Schell Julia Johann
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter Nikonar "Nick" Chevotarevich
Bruce Dern Coming Home Capt. Bob Hyde
Richard Farnsworth Comes a Horseman Dodger
John Hurt Midnight Express Max
Jack Warden Heaven Can Wait Max Corkle
Melvyn Douglas Being There Benjamin Turnbull Rand
Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest The Rose Houston Dyer
Justin Henry Kramer vs. Kramer Billy Kramer
Mickey Rooney The Black Stallion Henry Dailey


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Timothy Hutton Ordinary People Conrad Jarrett
Judd Hirsch Ordinary People Dr. Tyrone C. Berger
Michael O'Keefe The Great Santini Ben Meechum
Joe Pesci Raging Bull Joey LaMotta
Jason Robards Melvin and Howard Howard Hughes
John Gielgud Arthur Hobson
James Coco Only When I Laugh Jimmy Perry
Ian Holm Chariots of Fire Sam Mussabini
Jack Nicholson Reds Eugene O'Neill
Howard Rollins Ragtime Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley
Charles Durning The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Governor
John Lithgow The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon
James Mason The Verdict Ed Concannon
Robert Preston Victor Victoria Carroll "Toddy" Todd
Jack Nicholson Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove
Charles Durning To Be or Not to Be Colonel Erhardt
John Lithgow Terms of Endearment Sam Burns
Sam Shepard The Right Stuff Chuck Yeager
Rip Torn Cross Creek Marsh Turner
Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields Dith Pran
Adolph Caesar A Soldier's Story Sgt. Waters
John Malkovich Places in the Heart Mr. Will
Pat Morita The Karate Kid Kesuke Miyagi
Ralph Richardson (posthumous nomination) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes The Sixth Earl of Greystoke
Don Ameche Cocoon Arthur Selwyn
Klaus Maria Brandauer Out of Africa Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke
William Hickey Prizzi's Honor Don Corrado Prizzi
Robert Loggia Jagged Edge Sam Ransom
Eric Roberts Runaway Train Buck
Michael Caine Hannah and Her Sisters Elliott Daniels
Tom Berenger Platoon Sgt. Bob Barnes
Willem Dafoe Platoon Sgt. Elias Grodin
Denholm Elliott A Room with a View Mr. Emerson
Dennis Hopper Hoosiers Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch
Sean Connery The Untouchables Jim Malone
Albert Brooks Broadcast News Aaron Altman
Morgan Freeman Street Smart Leo "Fast Black" Smalls, Jr.
Vincent Gardenia Moonstruck Cosmo Castorini
Denzel Washington Cry Freedom Steve Biko
Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda Otto West
Alec Guinness Little Dorrit William Dorrit
Martin Landau Tucker: The Man and His Dream Abe Karatz
River Phoenix Running on Empty Danny Pope
Dean Stockwell Married to the Mob Tony "The Tiger" Russo
Denzel Washington Glory Pvt. Silas Trip
Danny Aiello Do the Right Thing Sal Frangione
Dan Aykroyd Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan
Marlon Brando A Dry White Season Ian Mackenzie
Martin Landau Crimes and Misdemeanors Judah Rosenthal


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Joe Pesci Goodfellas Tommy DeVito
Bruce Davison Longtime Companion David
Andy García The Godfather Part III Vincent Mancini
Graham Greene Dances with Wolves Kicking Bird
Al Pacino Dick Tracy Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice
Jack Palance City Slickers Curly Washburn
Tommy Lee Jones JFK Clay Shaw
Harvey Keitel Bugsy Mickey Cohen
Ben Kingsley Bugsy Meyer Lansky
Michael Lerner Barton Fink Jack Lipnick
Gene Hackman Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett
Jaye Davidson The Crying Game Dil
Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men Colonel Nathan R. Jessep
Al Pacino Glengarry Glen Ross Ricky Roma
David Paymer Mr. Saturday Night Stan Young
Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard
Leonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape Arnie Grape
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List Amon Göeth
John Malkovich In the Line of Fire Mitch Leary
Pete Postlethwaite In the Name of the Father Giuseppe Conlon
Martin Landau Ed Wood Béla Lugosi
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield
Chazz Palminteri Bullets over Broadway Cheech
Paul Scofield Quiz Show Mark Van Doren
Gary Sinise Forrest Gump Lt. Dan Taylor
Kevin Spacey The Usual Suspects Roger "Verbal" Kint
James Cromwell Babe Farmer Arthur Hoggett
Ed Harris Apollo 13 Gene Kranz
Brad Pitt 12 Monkeys Jeffrey Goines
Tim Roth Rob Roy Archibald Cunningham
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell
William H. Macy Fargo Jerry Lundegaard
Armin Mueller-Stahl Shine Peter Helfgott
Edward Norton Primal Fear Aaron Stampler
James Woods Ghosts of Mississippi Byron De La Beckwith
Robin Williams Good Will Hunting Dr. Sean Maguire
Robert Forster Jackie Brown Max Cherry
Anthony Hopkins Amistad John Quincy Adams
Greg Kinnear As Good as It Gets Simon Bishop
Burt Reynolds Boogie Nights Jack Horner
James Coburn Affliction Glen Whitehouse
Robert Duvall A Civil Action Jerome Facher
Ed Harris The Truman Show Christof
Geoffrey Rush Shakespeare in Love Philip Henslowe
Billy Bob Thornton A Simple Plan Jacob Mitchell
Michael Caine The Cider House Rules Dr. Wilbur Larch
Tom Cruise Magnolia Frank T.J. Mackey
Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile John Coffey
Jude Law The Talented Mr. Ripley Dickie Greenleaf
Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense Cole Sear


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Benicio del Toro Traffic Javier Rodriguez
Jeff Bridges The Contender President Jackson Evans
Willem Dafoe Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck
Albert Finney Erin Brockovich Edward L. Masry
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator Commodus
Jim Broadbent Iris John Bayley
Ethan Hawke Training Day Officer Jake Hoyt
Ben Kingsley Sexy Beast Don Logan
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf the Grey
Jon Voight Ali Howard Cosell
Chris Cooper Adaptation John Laroche
Ed Harris The Hours Richard "Richie" Brown
Paul Newman Road to Perdition John Rooney
John C. Reilly Chicago Amos Hart
Christopher Walken Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Sr.
Tim Robbins Mystic River Dave Boyle
Alec Baldwin The Cooler Shelly Kaplow
Benicio del Toro 21 Grams Jack Jordan
Djimon Hounsou In America Mateo
Ken Watanabe The Last Samurai Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto
Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris
Alan Alda The Aviator Owen Brewster
Thomas Haden Church Sideways Jack Cole
Jamie Foxx Collateral Max Durocher
Clive Owen Closer Larry Gray
George Clooney Syriana Robert Barnes
Matt Dillon Crash Officer John Ryan
Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man Joe Gould
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
William Hurt A History of Violence Richie Cusack
Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine Edwin Hoover
Jackie Earle Haley Little Children Ronald James McGorvey
Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy
Eddie Murphy Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early
Mark Wahlberg The Departed Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam
Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh
Casey Affleck The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Robert Ford
Philip Seymour Hoffman Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos
Hal Holbrook Into the Wild Ron Franz
Tom Wilkinson Michael Clayton Arthur Edens
Heath Ledger (posthumous) The Dark Knight The Joker
Josh Brolin Milk Dan White
Robert Downey, Jr. Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus
Philip Seymour Hoffman Doubt Father Brendan Flynn
Michael Shannon Revolutionary Road John Givings
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Col. Hans Landa
Matt Damon Invictus Francois Pienaar
Woody Harrelson The Messenger Capt. Tony Stone
Christopher Plummer The Last Station Leo Tolstoy
Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones George Harvey


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Christian Bale The Fighter Dicky Eklund
John Hawkes Winter's Bone Teardrop Dolly
Jeremy Renner The Town James "Jem" Coughlin
Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right Paul Hatfield
Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech Lionel Logue
Christopher Plummer Beginners Hal Fields
Kenneth Branagh My Week with Marilyn Laurence Olivier
Jonah Hill Moneyball Peter Brand
Nick Nolte Warrior Paddy Conlon
Max von Sydow Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The Renter
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained Dr. King Schultz
Alan Arkin Argo Lester Siegel
Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Sr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master Lancaster Dodd
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln Thaddeus Stevens
Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Rayon
Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse
Bradley Cooper American Hustle Richard "Richie" DiMaso
Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave Edwin Epps
Jonah Hill The Wolf of Wall Street Donnie Azoff

Multiple awards for Best Supporting Actor

3 awards
  • Walter Brennan
2 awards
  • Michael Caine
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Jason Robards
  • Peter Ustinov
  • Christoph Waltz

Multiple nominations for Best Supporting Actor

4 nominations
  • Walter Brennan
  • Arthur Kennedy
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Claude Rains
3 nominations
  • Charles Bickford
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Charles Coburn
  • Robert Duvall
  • Gene Hackman
  • Ed Harris
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Martin Landau
  • Al Pacino
  • Jack Palance
  • Jason Robards
  • Peter Ustinov
  • Gig Young
2 nominations
  • Eddie Albert
  • Alan Arkin
  • Michael Caine
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Robert De Niro
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Charles Durning
  • Peter Falk
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Vincent Gardenia
  • John Gielgud
  • Hugh Griffith
  • Alec Guinness
  • Edmund Gwenn
  • Jonah Hill
  • Djimon Hounsou
  • Walter Huston
  • Cecil Kellaway
  • Ben Kingsley
  • John Lithgow
  • Karl Malden
  • John Malkovich
  • James Mason
  • Burgess Meredith
  • Sal Mineo
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • Edmond O'Brien
  • Arthur O'Connell
  • Joe Pesci
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Basil Rathbone
  • Ralph Richardson
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • George C. Scott
  • Akim Tamiroff
  • Christopher Walken
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Jack Warden
  • Denzel Washington
  • Clifton Webb

International presence

As the Academy Awards are based in the United States and are centered on the Hollywood film industry, the majority of Academy Award winners have been Americans. Nonetheless, there is significant international presence at the awards, as evidenced by the following list of winners for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Anthony Quinn was born in Mexico but was an American citizen when he won his Oscars. Benicio del Toro, an American citizen, was born in Puerto Rico and won his Oscar for a primarily Spanish-speaking role.

There have been two years in which all four of the top acting Academy Awards were presented to non-Americans.

See also


  1. ^ Grobel; p. xxi
  2. ^ Beginning with the 1943 awards, winners in the supporting acting categories were awarded Oscar statuettes similar to those awarded to winners in all other categories, including the leading acting categories. Prior to this, however, winners in the supporting acting categories were awarded plaques.

External links

  • (official Academy site)
  • (official ceremony promotional site)
  • The Academy Awards Database (official site)
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