Independent Spirit Award / Best Supporting Actress

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Award-winning and nominated actresses for the Independent Spirit Award in the category Best Supporting Actress (Best Supporting Female) . So far, no actress has won the award more than once.

In 1995, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019, the winner agreed with the Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress category .

statistics Surname number year
Most frequent nominations
(* = victory)
Allison Janney 3 2006, 2011, 2018 *
Most frequent nominations without a win Jessica Chastain 2 2012, 2015
Patricia Clarkson 2 1999, 2004
Rosemarie DeWitt 2 2009, 2013
Marcia Gay Harden 2 2001, 2007
Amy Madigan 2 1989, 1998



Anjelica Huston - The Dead (The Dead)

Karen Allen - The Glass Menagerie (The Glass Menagerie)
Kathy Baker - Glittering Asphalt (Street Smart)
Martha Plimpton - Shy People - Menacing Silence (Shy People)
Ann Sothern - whales in August (The Whales of August)


Rosanna DeSoto - Stand and Deliver

Bonnie Bedelia - The Prince of Pennsylvania (The Prince of Pennsylvania)
Debbie Harry - Hairspray
Amy Madigan - The Prince of Pennsylvania (The Prince of Pennsylvania)
Patti Yasutake - The Wash



Laura San Giacomo - Sex, Lies and Video (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)

Bridget Fonda - Shag - More Dancing (Shag)
Heather Graham - Drugstore Cowboy
Mare Winningham - Decision Night - Miracle Mile (Miracle Mile)
Mary Woronov - Luxury, Sex and Lotter Life (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills)


Sheryl Lee Ralph - Angry sleep (To Sleep with Anger)

Tracy Arnold - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Ethel Ayler - Angry sleep (To Sleep with Anger)
Tisha Campbell-Martin - House Party
AJ Johnson - House Party


Diane Ladd - The Lust of the Beautiful Rose (Rambling Rose)

Sheila McCarthy - A Mission Infernal (Bright Angel)
Deirdre O'Connell - His Last Game (Pastime)
Emma Thompson - In Love With Chopin (Impromptu)
Mary B. Ward - Hangin 'Out - 4 Homeboys on the move (Hangin' with the Homeboys)


Alfre Woodard - Passion Fish

Brooke Adams - Gas Food Lodging
Sara Gilbert - Poison Ivy - The Deadly Embrace (Poison Ivy)
Karen Sillas - Simple Men
Danitra Vance - Manny and Dan - Live and Die in the Bronx (Jumpin 'at the Boneyard)


Lili Taylor - A Normal Miracle (Household Saints)

Lara Flynn Boyle - Equinox
Lucinda Jenney - American Heart - The Second Chance (American Heart)
Ya-Lei Kuei - The Wedding Banquet (喜宴, Hsi yen )
Julianne Moore - Short Cuts


Dianne Wiest - Bullets Over Broadway

VS Brodie - Go Fish
Carla Gallo - Spanking the Monkey
Kelly Lynch - Hopeless (The Beans of Egypt, Maine)
Brooke Smith - Vanja on 42nd Street (Vanya on 42nd Street)


Mare Winningham - Georgia

Jennifer Lopez - My family (My Family)
Vanessa Redgrave - Little Odessa
Chloë Sevigny - Kids
Celia Weston - Dead Man Walking - His Last Walk (Dead Man Walking)


Elizabeth Peña - Lone Star

Queen Latifah - Set It Off
Mary Kay Place - Manny & Lo
Lili Taylor - Girls Town
Lily Tomlin - Flirting with Disaster - A disaster of Hazzard (Flirting with Disaster)


Debbi Morgan - Eve's Bayou

Farrah Fawcett - Apostles! (The Apostle)
Amy Madigan - Loved
Miranda Richardson - Apostles! (The Apostle)
Patricia Richardson - Ulee's Gold


Lynn Redgrave - Gods and Monsters

Stockard Channing - Baby Blues
Patricia Clarkson - High Art
Lisa Kudrow - The Opposite of Sex (The Opposite of Sex)
Joely Richardson - A Heavenly Garden (Under Heaven)



Chloë Sevigny - Boys Don't Cry

Barbara Barrie - Judy Berlin
Vanessa Martinez - When the Fog Lifts - Limbo (Limbo)
Sarah Polley - Go - Life doesn't start until 3 a.m. (Go)
Jean Smart - Guinevere


Zhang Ziyi - Tiger & Dragon (臥虎藏龍; Wòhǔ Cánglóng )

Pat Carroll - song catcher
Jennifer Connelly - Requiem for a Dream
Magnifying Glass Ontiveros - Chuck & Buck
Marcia Gay Harden - Pollock


Carrie-Anne Moss - Memento

Davenia McFadden - The Stranger
Summer Phoenix - Inside a Skinhead (The Believer)
Uma Thurman - tape
Tamara Tunie - The Caveman's Valentine


Emily Mortimer - Lovely & Amazing

Viola Davis - Antwone Fisher
Jacqueline Kim - Charlotte Sometimes
Juliette Lewis - Hysterical Blindness
Julianne Nicholson - Tully


Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog (House of Sand and Fog)

Sarah Bolger - In America
Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April - A Day with April Burns (Pieces of April)
Hope Davis - The Secret Lives of Dentists
Frances McDormand - Laurel Canyon


Virginia Madsen - Sideways

Cate Blanchett - Coffee and Cigarettes
Loretta Devine - Woman Thou Art Loosed
Robin Simmons - Robbing Peter
Yenny Paola Vega - Maria Full of Grace (Maria Full of Grace)


Amy Adams - Junebug (Junebug)

Maggie Gyllenhaal - Happy Endings
Allison Janney - Our Very Own
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain
Robin Wright Penn - Nine Lives


Frances McDormand - Friends with Money (Friends with Money)

Melonie Diaz - Kids - In the Streets of New York (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)
Marcia Gay Harden - American Gun
Mary Beth Hurt - Dead Girl (The Dead Girl)
Amber Tamblyn - Stephanie Daley


Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There

Anna Kendrick - Rocket Science
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Margot at the Wedding (Margot at the Wedding)
Tamara Podemski - Four Sheets to the Wind
Marisa Tomei - Deadly Decision - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)


Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rosemarie DeWitt - Rachel Getting Married (Rachel Getting Married)
Rosie Perez - The Take - Revenge Is All That Matters (The Take)
Misty Upham - Frozen River
Debra Winger - Rachel Getting Married (Rachel Getting Married)



Mo'Nique - Precious - Life is Precious (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire)

Dina Korzun - Cold Souls
Samantha Morton - The Messenger - The last message (The Messenger)
Natalie Press - 50 Dead Men Walking - The Spy (Fifty Dead Men Walking)
Mia Wasikowska - That Evening Sun


Dale Dickey - Winter's Bone

Ashley Bell - The Last Exorcism (The Last Exorcism)
Allison Janney - Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega - Jack in Love (Jack Goes Boating)
Naomi Watts - Mothers and Daughters (Mother and Child)


Shailene Woodley - The Descendants - Family and Other Affairs (The Descendants)

Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter - A Storm Is Coming (Take Shelter)
Anjelica Huston - 50/50 - Friends for Life (50/50)
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road


Helen Hunt - The Sessions - When Words Touch (The Sessions)

Rosemarie DeWitt - Your Sister's Sister
Ann Dowd - Compliance
Brit Marling - Sound of My Voice
Lorraine Toussaint - Middle of Nowhere


Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

Melonie Diaz - Next Stop: Fruitvale Station (Fruitvale Station)
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Yolonda Ross - Go for Sisters
June Squibb - Nebraska


Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo - Selma
Emma Stone - Birdman or ( The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Andrea Suarez Paz - Stand Clear of the Closing Doors


Mya Taylor - Tangerine

Robin Bartlett - H.
Marin Ireland - Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon - James White


Molly Shannon - Other People

Edwina Findley - Free In Deed
Paulina García - Little Men
Lily Gladstone - Certain Women
Riley Keough - American Honey


Allison Janney - I, Tonya

Holly Hunter - The Big Sick
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
Lois Smith - Marjorie Prime
Taliah Webster - Good Time


Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk

Tyne Daly - A Bread Factory
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie - Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron -Nancy
Kayli Carter - Private Life



Zhao Shuzhen - The Farewell

Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers
Taylor Russell - Waves
Lauren “Lolo” Spencer - Give Me Liberty
Octavia Spencer - Luce