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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actress 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 Lupita Nyong'o,
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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Performance by an Actress 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 actress 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 Actress. While actresses 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
  • Winners and nominees 2
    • 1930s 2.1
    • 1940s 2.2
    • 1950s 2.3
    • 1960s 2.4
    • 1970s 2.5
    • 1980s 2.6
    • 1990s 2.7
    • 2000s 2.8
    • 2010s 2.9
  • Multiple awards for Best Supporting Actress 3
  • Multiple nominations for Best Supporting Actress 4
  • International presence 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Throughout the past 77 years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, AMPAS has presented a total of 77 Best Supporting Actress awards to 75 different actresses. Winners of this Academy Award of Merit currently 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 Gale Sondergaard, who was honored at the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936) for her performance in Anthony Adverse. The most recent recipient was Lupita Nyong'o, who was honored at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony (2014) for her performance in 12 Years a Slave.

Until the 8th Academy Awards ceremony (1935), nominations for the Best Actress award were intended to include all actresses, whether the performance was in either a leading or supporting role. At the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936), however, the Best Supporting Actress category was specifically introduced as a distinct award following complaints that the single Best Actress category necessarily favored leading performers with the most screen time. Nonetheless, May Robson had received a Best Actress nomination (Lady for a Day, 1933) for her performance in a clear supporting role. Under the system currently in place, an actress 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.

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 Actress 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 actress names, please see List of Best Supporting Actress nominees. For a list sorted by film titles, please see List of Best Supporting Actress nominees (films).


Year Actress Film Character
9th Academy Awards
Gale Sondergaard Anthony Adverse Faith Paleologus
Beulah Bondi The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel Jackson
Alice Brady My Man Godfrey Angelica Bullock
Bonita Granville These Three Mary Tilford
Maria Ouspenskaya Dodsworth Baroness Von Obersdorf
10th Academy Awards
Alice Brady In Old Chicago Molly O'Leary
Andrea Leeds Stage Door Kay Hamilton
Anne Shirley Stella Dallas Laurel "Lollie" Dallas
Claire Trevor Dead End Francey
May Whitty Night Must Fall Mrs. Bramson
11th Academy Awards
Fay Bainter Jezebel Aunt Belle Massey
Beulah Bondi Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins
Billie Burke Merrily We Live Emily Kilbourne
Spring Byington You Can't Take It with You Penny Sycamore
Miliza Korjus The Great Waltz Carla Donner
12th Academy Awards
Hattie McDaniel Gone with the Wind Mammy
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind Melanie Hamilton
Geraldine Fitzgerald Wuthering Heights Isabella Linton
Edna May Oliver Drums Along the Mohawk Sarah McKlennar
Maria Ouspenskaya Love Affair Grandmother Janou


Year Actress Film Character
13th Academy Awards
Jane Darwell The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad
Judith Anderson Rebecca Mrs. Danvers
Ruth Hussey The Philadelphia Story Elizabeth Imbrie
Barbara O'Neil All This and Heaven Too Duchesse de Praslin
Marjorie Rambeau Primrose Path Mamie Adams
14th Academy Awards
Mary Astor The Great Lie Sandra Kovak
Sara Allgood How Green Was My Valley Beth Morgan
Patricia Collinge The Little Foxes Birdie Hubbard
Teresa Wright The Little Foxes Alexandra Giddens
Margaret Wycherly Sergeant York Mother York
15th Academy Awards
Teresa Wright Mrs. Miniver Carol Beldon
Gladys Cooper Now, Voyager Mrs. Vale
Agnes Moorehead The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny Minafer
Susan Peters Random Harvest Kitty Chilcet
May Whitty Mrs. Miniver Lady Beldon
16th Academy Awards[1]
Katina Paxinou For Whom the Bell Tolls Pilar
Gladys Cooper The Song of Bernadette Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Paulette Goddard So Proudly We Hail! Lt. Joan O'Doul
Anne Revere The Song of Bernadette Louise Soubirous
Lucile Watson Watch on the Rhine Fanny Farrelly
17th Academy Awards
Ethel Barrymore None but the Lonely Heart Ma Mott
Jennifer Jones Since You Went Away Jane Deborah Hilton
Angela Lansbury Gaslight Nancy Oliver
Aline MacMahon Dragon Seed Ling Tan's Wife
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Parkington Baroness Aspasia Conti
18th Academy Awards
Anne Revere National Velvet Araminty Brown
Eve Arden Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin
Ann Blyth Mildred Pierce Veda Pierce Forrester
Angela Lansbury The Picture of Dorian Gray Sibyl Vane
Joan Lorring The Corn is Green Bessie Watty
19th Academy Awards
Anne Baxter The Razor's Edge Sophie MacDonald
Ethel Barrymore The Spiral Staircase Mrs. Warren
Lillian Gish Duel in the Sun Laura Belle McCanles
Flora Robson Saratoga Trunk Angelique Buiton
Gale Sondergaard Anna and the King of Siam Lady Thiang
20th Academy Awards
Celeste Holm Gentleman's Agreement Anne Dettrey
Ethel Barrymore The Paradine Case Lady Sophie Horfield
Gloria Grahame Crossfire Ginny Tremaine
Marjorie Main The Egg and I Ma Kettle
Anne Revere Gentleman's Agreement Mrs. Green
21st Academy Awards
Claire Trevor Key Largo Gaye Dawn
Barbara Bel Geddes I Remember Mama Katrin Hanson
Ellen Corby I Remember Mama Aunt Trina
Agnes Moorehead Johnny Belinda Aggie McDonald
Jean Simmons Hamlet Ophelia
22nd Academy Awards
Mercedes McCambridge All the King's Men Sadie Burke
Ethel Barrymore Pinky Miss Em
Celeste Holm Come to the Stable Sister Scholastica
Elsa Lanchester Come to the Stable Amelia Potts
Ethel Waters Pinky Dicey Johnson


Year Actress Film Character
23rd Academy Awards
Josephine Hull Harvey Veta Louise Simmons
Hope Emerson Caged Evelyn Harper
Celeste Holm All About Eve Karen Richards
Nancy Olson Sunset Boulevard Betty Schaefer
Thelma Ritter All About Eve Birdie Kumen
24th Academy Awards
Kim Hunter A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Joan Blondell The Blue Veil Annie Rawlins
Mildred Dunnock Death of a Salesman Linda Loman
Lee Grant Detective Story Shoplifter
Thelma Ritter The Mating Season Ellen McNulty
25th Academy Awards
Gloria Grahame The Bad and the Beautiful Rosemary Bartlow
Jean Hagen Singin' in the Rain Lina Lamont
Colette Marchand Moulin Rouge Marie Charlet
Terry Moore Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Buckholder
Thelma Ritter With a Song in My Heart Clancy
26th Academy Awards
Donna Reed From Here to Eternity Alma "Lorene" Burke
Grace Kelly Mogambo Linda Nordley
Geraldine Page Hondo Angie Lowe
Marjorie Rambeau Torch Song Mrs. Stewart
Thelma Ritter Pickup on South Street Moe
27th Academy Awards
Eva Marie Saint On the Waterfront Edie Doyle
Nina Foch Executive Suite Erica Martin
Katy Jurado Broken Lance Señora Devereaux
Jan Sterling The High and the Mighty Sally McKee
Claire Trevor The High and the Mighty May Holst
28th Academy Awards
Jo Van Fleet East of Eden Kate
Betsy Blair Marty Clara Snyder
Peggy Lee Pete Kelly's Blues Rose Hopkins
Marisa Pavan The Rose Tattoo Rosa Delle Rose
Natalie Wood Rebel Without a Cause Judy
29th Academy Awards
Dorothy Malone Written on the Wind Marylee Hadley
Mildred Dunnock Baby Doll Rose Comfort
Eileen Heckart The Bad Seed Hortense Daigle
Mercedes McCambridge Giant Luz Benedict
Patty McCormack The Bad Seed Rhoda Penmark
30th Academy Awards
Miyoshi Umeki Sayonara Katsumi
Carolyn Jones The Bachelor Party The Existentialist
Elsa Lanchester Witness for the Prosecution Miss Plimsoll
Hope Lange Peyton Place Selena Cross
Diane Varsi Peyton Place Allison MacKenzie
31st Academy Awards
Wendy Hiller Separate Tables Pat Cooper
Peggy Cass Auntie Mame Agnes Gooch
Martha Hyer Some Came Running Gwen French
Maureen Stapleton Lonelyhearts Fay Doyle
Cara Williams The Defiant Ones Billy's mother
32nd Academy Awards
Shelley Winters The Diary of Anne Frank Petronella Van Daan
Hermione Baddeley Room at the Top Elspeth
Susan Kohner Imitation of Life Sarah Jane Johnson (age 18)
Juanita Moore Imitation of Life Annie Johnson
Thelma Ritter Pillow Talk Alma


Year Actress Film Character
33rd Academy Awards
Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry Lulu Baines
Glynis Johns The Sundowners Mrs. Firth
Shirley Knight The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Reenie Flood
Janet Leigh Psycho Marion Crane
Mary Ure Sons and Lovers Clara Dawes
34th Academy Awards
Rita Moreno West Side Story Anita del Carmen
Fay Bainter The Children's Hour Amelia Tilford
Judy Garland Judgment at Nuremberg Irene Hoffman Wallner
Lotte Lenya The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Una Merkel Summer and Smoke Mrs. Winemiller
35th Academy Awards
Patty Duke The Miracle Worker Helen Keller
Mary Badham To Kill a Mockingbird Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
Shirley Knight Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly Finley
Angela Lansbury The Manchurian Candidate Mrs. Eleanor Iselin
Thelma Ritter Birdman of Alcatraz Elizabeth Stroud
36th Academy Awards
Margaret Rutherford The V.I.P.s The Duchess of Brighton
Diane Cilento Tom Jones Molly Seagrim
Edith Evans Tom Jones Miss Western
Joyce Redman Tom Jones Mrs. Waters (Jenny Jones)
Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field Mother Maria Marthe
37th Academy Awards
Lila Kedrova Zorba the Greek Madame Hortense
Gladys Cooper My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins
Edith Evans The Chalk Garden Mrs. St. Maugham
Grayson Hall The Night of the Iguana Judith Fellowes
Agnes Moorehead Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma Cruther
38th Academy Awards
Shelley Winters A Patch of Blue Rose-ann D'Arcy
Ruth Gordon Inside Daisy Clover Mrs. Clover / The Dealer
Joyce Redman Othello Emilia
Maggie Smith Othello Desdemona
Peggy Wood The Sound of Music Mother Abbess
39th Academy Awards
Sandy Dennis Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Wendy Hiller A Man for All Seasons Alice More
Jocelyne LaGarde Hawaii Queen Malama
Vivien Merchant Alfie Lily
Geraldine Page You're a Big Boy Now Margery Chanticleer
40th Academy Awards
Estelle Parsons Bonnie and Clyde Blanche Barrow
Carol Channing Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere
Mildred Natwick Barefoot in the Park Ethel Banks
Beah Richards Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Mrs. Prentice
Katharine Ross The Graduate Elaine Robinson
41st Academy Awards
Ruth Gordon Rosemary's Baby Minnie Castevet
Lynn Carlin Faces Maria Forst
Sondra Locke The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly
Kay Medford Funny Girl Rose Brice
Estelle Parsons Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie
42nd Academy Awards
Goldie Hawn Cactus Flower Toni Simmons
Catherine Burns Last Summer Rhoda
Dyan Cannon Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson
Sylvia Miles Midnight Cowboy Cass
Susannah York They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Alice LeBlanc


Year Actress Film Character
43rd Academy Awards
Helen Hayes Airport Ada Quonsett
Karen Black Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto
Lee Grant The Landlord Joyce Enders
Sally Kellerman MASH Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Maureen Stapleton Airport Inez Guerrero
44th Academy Awards
Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show Ruth Popper
Ann-Margret Carnal Knowledge Bobbie
Ellen Burstyn The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow
Barbara Harris Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Allison Densmore
Margaret Leighton The Go-Between Mrs. Maudsley
45th Academy Awards
Eileen Heckart Butterflies Are Free Mrs. Baker
Jeannie Berlin The Heartbreak Kid Lila Kolodny
Geraldine Page Pete 'n' Tillie Gertrude
Susan Tyrrell Fat City Oma
Shelley Winters The Poseidon Adventure Belle Rosen
46th Academy Awards
Tatum O'Neal Paper Moon Addie Loggins
Linda Blair The Exorcist Regan MacNeil
Candy Clark American Graffiti Debbie Dunham
Madeline Kahn Paper Moon Trixie Delight
Sylvia Sidney Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Mrs. Pritchett
47th Academy Awards
Ingrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express Greta Ohlsson
Valentina Cortese Day for Night Severine
Madeline Kahn Blazing Saddles Lili Von Shtupp
Diane Ladd Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Flo Castleberry
Talia Shire The Godfather Part II Connie Corleone
48th Academy Awards
Lee Grant Shampoo Felicia Karpf
Ronee Blakley Nashville Barbara Jean
Sylvia Miles Farewell, My Lovely Jessie Halstead Florian
Lily Tomlin Nashville Linnea Reese
Brenda Vaccaro Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough Linda Riggs
49th Academy Awards
Beatrice Straight Network Louise Schumacher
Jane Alexander All the President's Men Judy Hoback
Jodie Foster Taxi Driver Iris Steensma
Lee Grant Voyage of the Damned Lillian Rosen
Piper Laurie Carrie Margaret White
50th Academy Awards
Vanessa Redgrave Julia Julia
Leslie Browne The Turning Point Emilia Rodgers
Quinn Cummings The Goodbye Girl Lucy McFadden
Melinda Dillon Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gillian Guiler
Tuesday Weld Looking for Mr. Goodbar Katherine Dunn
51st Academy Awards
Maggie Smith California Suite Diana Barrie
Dyan Cannon Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth
Penelope Milford Coming Home Vi Munson
Maureen Stapleton Interiors Pearl
Meryl Streep The Deer Hunter Linda
52nd Academy Awards
Meryl Streep Kramer vs. Kramer Joanna Kramer
Jane Alexander Kramer vs. Kramer Margaret Phelps
Barbara Barrie Breaking Away Evelyn Stoller
Candice Bergen Starting Over Jessica Potter
Mariel Hemingway Manhattan Tracy


Year Actress Film Character
53rd Academy Awards
Mary Steenburgen Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar
Eileen Brennan Private Benjamin Capt. Doreen Lewis
Eva Le Gallienne Resurrection Grandma Pearl
Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull Vickie Thailer LaMotta
Diana Scarwid Inside Moves Louise
54th Academy Awards
Maureen Stapleton Reds Emma Goldman
Melinda Dillon Absence of Malice Teresa Perrone
Jane Fonda On Golden Pond Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Joan Hackett Only When I Laugh Toby Landau
Elizabeth McGovern Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit
55th Academy Awards
Jessica Lange Tootsie Julie Nichols
Glenn Close The World According to Garp Jenny Fields
Teri Garr Tootsie Sandy Lester
Kim Stanley Frances Lillian Farmer
Lesley Ann Warren Victor Victoria Norma Cassady
56th Academy Awards
Linda Hunt The Year of Living Dangerously Billy Kwan
Cher Silkwood Dolly Pelliker
Glenn Close The Big Chill Sarah Cooper
Amy Irving Yentl Hadass
Alfre Woodard Cross Creek Geechee
57th Academy Awards
Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
Glenn Close The Natural Iris Gaines
Lindsay Crouse Places in the Heart Margaret Lomax
Christine Lahti Swing Shift Hazel Zanussi
Geraldine Page The Pope of Greenwich Village Mrs. Ritter
58th Academy Awards
Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor Maerose Prizzi
Margaret Avery The Color Purple Shug Avery
Amy Madigan Twice in a Lifetime Sunny Sobel
Meg Tilly Agnes of God Sister Agnes
Oprah Winfrey The Color Purple Sofia Johnson
59th Academy Awards
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters Holly
Tess Harper Crimes of the Heart Chick Boyle
Piper Laurie Children of a Lesser God Mrs. Norman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio The Color of Money Carmen
Maggie Smith A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett
60th Academy Awards
Olympia Dukakis Moonstruck Rose Castorini
Norma Aleandro Gaby: A True Story Florencia
Anne Archer Fatal Attraction Beth Gallagher
Anne Ramsey Throw Momma from the Train Mrs. Lift
Ann Sothern The Whales of August Tisha Doughty
61st Academy Awards
Geena Davis The Accidental Tourist Muriel Pritchett
Joan Cusack Working Girl Cyn
Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning Mrs. Pell
Michelle Pfeiffer Dangerous Liaisons Madame Marie de Tourvel
Sigourney Weaver Working Girl Katharine Parker
62nd Academy Awards
Brenda Fricker My Left Foot Brenda Brown
Anjelica Huston Enemies, a Love Story Tamara Broder
Lena Olin Enemies, a Love Story Masha
Julia Roberts Steel Magnolias Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Dianne Wiest Parenthood Helen Buckman


Year Actress Film Character
63rd Academy Awards
Whoopi Goldberg Ghost Oda Mae Brown
Annette Bening The Grifters Myra Langtry
Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas Karen Hill
Diane Ladd Wild at Heart Marietta Fortune
Mary McDonnell Dances with Wolves Stands With A Fist
64th Academy Awards
Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King Anne Napolitano
Diane Ladd Rambling Rose Mother
Juliette Lewis Cape Fear Danielle Bowden
Kate Nelligan The Prince of Tides Lila Wingo Newbury
Jessica Tandy Fried Green Tomatoes Ninny Threadgoode
65th Academy Awards
Marisa Tomei My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito
Judy Davis Husbands and Wives Sally
Joan Plowright Enchanted April Mrs. Fisher
Vanessa Redgrave Howards End Ruth Wilcox
Miranda Richardson Damage Ingrid Fleming
66th Academy Awards
Anna Paquin The Piano Flora McGrath
Holly Hunter The Firm Tammy Hemphill
Rosie Perez Fearless Carla Rodrigo
Winona Ryder The Age of Innocence May Welland
Emma Thompson In the Name of the Father Gareth Peirce
67th Academy Awards
Dianne Wiest Bullets over Broadway Helen Sinclair
Rosemary Harris Tom & Viv Rose Robinson Haigh-Wood
Helen Mirren The Madness of King George Queen Charlotte
Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace
Jennifer Tilly Bullets over Broadway Olive Neal
68th Academy Awards
Mira Sorvino Mighty Aphrodite Linda Ash
Joan Allen Nixon Pat Nixon
Kathleen Quinlan Apollo 13 Marilyn Lovell
Mare Winningham Georgia Georgia Flood
Kate Winslet Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood
69th Academy Awards
Juliette Binoche The English Patient Hana
Joan Allen The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
Lauren Bacall The Mirror Has Two Faces Hannah Morgan
Barbara Hershey The Portrait of a Lady Madame Serena Merle
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Secrets & Lies Hortense Cumberbatch
70th Academy Awards
Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential Lynn Bracken
Joan Cusack In & Out Emily Montgomery
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting Skylar
Julianne Moore Boogie Nights Amber Waves
Gloria Stuart Titanic Rose Calvert
71st Academy Awards
Judi Dench Shakespeare in Love Queen Elizabeth I
Kathy Bates Primary Colors Libby Holden
Brenda Blethyn Little Voice Mari Hoff
Rachel Griffiths Hilary and Jackie Hilary du Pré
Lynn Redgrave Gods and Monsters Hanna
72nd Academy Awards
Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted Lisa Rowe
Toni Collette The Sixth Sense Lynn Sear
Catherine Keener Being John Malkovich Maxine Lund
Samantha Morton Sweet and Lowdown Hattie
Chloë Sevigny Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel


Year Actress Film Character
73rd Academy Awards
Marcia Gay Harden Pollock Lee Krasner
Judi Dench Chocolat Armande Voizin
Kate Hudson Almost Famous Penny Lane
Frances McDormand Almost Famous Elaine Miller
Julie Walters Billy Elliot Georgia Wilkinson
74th Academy Awards
Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash
Helen Mirren Gosford Park Jane Wilson
Maggie Smith Gosford Park Constance Trentham
Marisa Tomei In the Bedroom Natalie Strout
Kate Winslet Iris Iris Murdoch
75th Academy Awards
Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago Velma Kelly
Kathy Bates About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel
Julianne Moore The Hours Laura McGrath Brown
Queen Latifah Chicago Matron Mama Morton
Meryl Streep Adaptation. Susan Orlean
76th Academy Awards
Renée Zellweger Cold Mountain Ruby Thewes
Shohreh Aghdashloo House of Sand and Fog Nadereh Behrani
Patricia Clarkson Pieces of April Joy Burns
Marcia Gay Harden Mystic River Celeste Boyle
Holly Hunter Thirteen Melanie Freeland
77th Academy Awards
Cate Blanchett The Aviator Katharine Hepburn
Laura Linney Kinsey Clara McMillen
Virginia Madsen Sideways Maya Randall
Sophie Okonedo Hotel Rwanda Tatiana Rusesabagina
Natalie Portman Closer Alice Ayres
78th Academy Awards
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener Tessa Quayle
Amy Adams Junebug Ashley Johnsten
Catherine Keener Capote Nelle Harper Lee
Frances McDormand North Country Glory Dodge
Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar
79th Academy Awards
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls Effie White
Adriana Barraza Babel Amelia Hernandez
Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal Bathsheba Hart
Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine Olive Hoover
Rinko Kikuchi Babel Chieko Wataya
80th Academy Awards
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton Karen Crowder
Cate Blanchett I'm Not There Jude Quinn
Ruby Dee American Gangster Mahalee Lucas
Saoirse Ronan Atonement Briony Tallis
Amy Ryan Gone Baby Gone Helene McCready
81st Academy Awards
Penélope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona María Elena
Amy Adams Doubt Sister James
Viola Davis Doubt Mrs. Miller
Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler Cassidy/Pam
82nd Academy Awards
Mo'Nique Precious Mary Lee Johnston
Penélope Cruz Nine Carla Albanese
Vera Farmiga Up in the Air Alex Goran
Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart Jean Craddock
Anna Kendrick Up in the Air Natalie Keener


Year Actress Film Character
83rd Academy Awards
Melissa Leo The Fighter Alice Eklund-Ward
Amy Adams The Fighter Charlene Fleming
Helena Bonham Carter The King's Speech Queen Elizabeth
Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Mattie Ross
Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom Janine "Smurf" Cody
84th Academy Awards
Octavia Spencer The Help Minny Jackson
Bérénice Bejo The Artist Peppy Miller
Jessica Chastain The Help Celia Foote
Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids Megan Price
Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs Hubert Page
85th Academy Awards
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables Fantine
Amy Adams The Master Peggy Dodd
Sally Field Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln
Helen Hunt The Sessions Cheryl Cohen-Greene
Jacki Weaver Silver Linings Playbook Dolores Solitano
86th Academy Awards
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave Patsey
Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmine Ginger
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Julia Roberts August: Osage County Barbara Weston-Fordham
June Squibb Nebraska Kate Grant

Multiple awards for Best Supporting Actress

Two awards

Multiple nominations for Best Supporting Actress

Six nominations
Four nominations
Three nominations
Two nominations

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 Actress.

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

See also


  1. ^ 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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