Oscar / Best Supporting Actor

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The Oscar for best supporting actor honors the achievements of actors in supporting roles.

Triple award winner Walter Brennan
Double award winner Anthony Quinn , Peter Ustinov , Jason Robards , Melvyn Douglas , Michael Caine , Christoph Waltz , Mahershala Ali
Four-time nomination Walter Brennan , Claude Rains , Arthur Kennedy , Jack Nicholson , Robert Duvall , Al Pacino
Three nominations Charles Coburn , Charles Bickford , Peter Ustinov , Gig Young , Jason Robards , Jack Palance , Gene Hackman , Martin Landau , Jeff Bridges , Ed Harris , Tommy Lee Jones , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Mark Ruffalo , Willem Dafoe , Christopher Plummer , Joe Pesci

In the table below, the films are listed according to the year in which they were awarded.


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1937 Walter Brennan Take what you can get Mischa Auer for My Man Godfrey
Stuart Erwin for Pigskin Parade
Basil Rathbone for Romeo and Juliet
Akim Tamiroff for The General died at dawn
1938 Joseph Schildkraut The life of Emile Zola Ralph Bellamy for The Terrible Truth
Thomas Mitchell for ... then came Hurricane
H. B. Warner for In the Fetters of Shangri-La
Roland Young for Topper - The Blonde Ghost
1939 Walter Brennan The golden whip John Garfield for Father conducts
Gene Lockhart for Algiers
Robert Morley for Marie-Antoinette
Basil Rathbone for If I Were King
1940 Thomas Mitchell Ringo Brian Aherne for Juarez
Harry Carey for Mr. Smith goes to Washington
Brian Donlevy for Three Foreign Legionnaires
Claude Rains for Mr. Smith goes to Washington


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1941 Walter Brennan The westerner Albert Bassermann for The Foreign
Correspondent William Gargan for They Knew What They Wanted
Jack Oakie for The Great Dictator
James Stephenson for The Secret of Malampur
1942 Donald Crisp Breaking weather Walter Brennan for Sergeant York
Charles Coburn for Mary and millionaire
James Gleason for Vacation From Heaven
Sydney Greenstreet for The Hawk's Trail
1943 Van Heflin The dead lives William Bendix for Wake Island
Walter Huston for Yankee Doodle Dandy
Frank Morgan for Tortilla Flat
Henry Travers for Mrs. Miniver
1944 Charles Coburn Always more, always happier Charles Bickford for The Song by Bernadette
J. Carrol Naish for Sahara
Claude Rains for Casablanca
Akim Tamiroff for Whom the Hour Strikes
1945 Barry Fitzgerald The way to luck Hume Cronyn for The Seventh Cross
Claude Rains for The Life of Mrs. Skeffington
Clifton Webb for Laura
Monty Woolley for When You Said Farewell
1946 James Dunn A tree grows in Brooklyn Michael Chekhov for I fight for you
John Dall for The Green Grain
Robert Mitchum for Battle Storm on Monte Cassino
J. Carrol Naish for A Medal for Benny
1947 Harold Russell The best years of our life Charles Coburn for The Legacy
William Demarest for The Jazz Singer
Claude Rains for Notorious
Clifton Webb for On a Knife's Edge
1948 Edmund Gwenn The miracle of Manhattan Charles Bickford for The Farmer's Daughter
Thomas Gomez for Ride on the Pink Horse
Robert Ryan for Im Kreuzfeuer
Richard Widmark for The Kiss of Death
1949 Walter Huston The treasure of the Sierra Madre Charles Bickford for Silent Lips
José Ferrer for Johanna von Orleans
Oskar Homolka for The Secret of Mother
Cecil Kellaway for The Luck of the Irish
1950 Dean Jagger The commander John Ireland for The Man Who Wished to Rule
Arthur Kennedy for Between Women and Ropes
Ralph Richardson for The Heiress
James Whitmore for Kesselschlacht


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1951 George Sanders Everything about Eva Jeff Chandler for The Broken Arrow
Edmund Gwenn for Mister 880
Sam Jaffe for Asphalt-Jungle
Erich von Stroheim for Boulevard der Dusk
1952 Karl Malden End of the line longing Leo Genn for Quo vadis?
Kevin McCarthy for The Death of a Salesman
Peter Ustinov for Quo vadis?
Gig Young for Come Fill the Cup
1953 Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata! Richard Burton for My Cousin Rachel
Arthur Hunnicutt for The Big Sky
Victor McLaglen for The Winner
Jack Palance for Masked Hearts
1954 Frank Sinatra Damn to all eternity Eddie Albert for A Heart and a Crown
Brandon De Wilde for My Great Friend Shane
Jack Palance for My Great Friend Shane
Robert Strauss for Stalag 17
1955 Edmond O'Brien The barefoot countess Lee J. Cobb for Die Faust im Nacken
Karl Malden for Die Faust im Nacken
Rod Steiger for Die Faust im Nacken
Tom Tully for Die Caine was her destiny
1956 Jack Lemmon No time for heroism Arthur Kennedy for The Conspiracy
Joe Mantell for Marty
Sal Mineo for ... because they don't know what they are doing
Arthur O'Connell for Picnic
1957 Anthony Quinn Vincent van Gogh - A life of passion Don Murray for Bus Stop
Anthony Perkins for Alluring Temptation
Mickey Rooney for A Scrap Of Life
Robert Stack for Into the Wind
1958 Red buttons Sayonara Vittorio De Sica for In Another Land
Sessue Hayakawa for Die Brücke am Kwai
Arthur Kennedy for Embers under the Ashes
Russ Tamblyn for Embers under the Ashes
1959 Burl Ives Broad land Theodore Bikel for Escape In Chains
Lee J. Cobb for The Karamazov Brothers
Arthur Kennedy for Damn They Are All
Gig Young for Reporters of Love
1960 Hugh Griffith Ben Hur Arthur O'Connell for Anatomy of a Murder
George C. Scott for Anatomy of a Murder
Robert Vaughn for The Man from Philadelphia
Ed Wynn for The Diary of Anne Frank


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1961 Peter Ustinov Spartacus Peter Falk for Unterwelt
Jack Kruschen for Das Appartement
Sal Mineo for Exodus
Chill Wills for Alamo
1962 George Chakiris West Side Story Montgomery Clift for The Judgment of Nuremberg
Peter Falk for The Lower Ten Thousand
Jackie Gleason for Sharks of the City
George C. Scott for Sharks of the City
1963 Ed Begley Sweet bird youth Victor Buono for What Really Happened To Baby Jane?
Telly Savalas for The Prisoner of Alcatraz
Omar Sharif for Lawrence of Arabia
Terence Stamp for The Damned of the Seas
1964 Melvyn Douglas The wildest among a thousand Nick Adams for character assassination
Bobby Darin for Captain Newman
Hugh Griffith for Tom Jones - Between Bed and Gallows
John Huston for The Cardinal
1965 Peter Ustinov Topkapi John Gielgud for Becket
Stanley Holloway for My Fair Lady
Edmond O'Brien for Seven Days in May
Lee Tracy for The Candidate
1966 Martin Balsam A thousand clowns Ian Bannen for The Flight of the Phoenix
Tom Courtenay for Doctor Schiwago
Michael Dunn for The Ship of Fools
Frank Finlay for Othello
1967 Walter Matthau The lucky guy Makoto Iwamatsu for Gunboat on the Yangtze River Kiang
James Mason for Georgy Girl
George Segal for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Robert Shaw for A Man for All Seasons
1968 George Kennedy The indomitable John Cassavetes for The Dirty Dozen
Gene Hackman for Bonnie and Clyde
Cecil Kellaway for Guess Who's Over for Dinner
Michael J. Pollard for Bonnie and Clyde
1969 Jack Albertson Roses for the lady Seymour Cassel for Faces
Daniel Massey for Star!
Jack Wild for Oliver
Gene Wilder for Spring for Hitler
1970 Gig Young Only horses are given the coup de grace Rupert Crosse for Der Gauner
Elliott Gould for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Jack Nicholson for Easy Rider
Anthony Quayle for Queen for A Thousand Days


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1971 John Mills Ryan's daughter Richard S. Castellano for Lovers and Other Strangers
Dan George for Little Big Man
Gene Hackman for No Song for My Father
John Marley for Love Story
1972 Ben Johnson The last performance Jeff Bridges for The Last Performance
Leonard Frey for Anatevka
Richard Jaeckel for You Want to Be Giants
Roy Scheider for Focal Point Brooklyn
1973 Joel Gray Cabaret Eddie Albert for Changing Horses on Wedding Night
James Caan for The Godfather
Robert Duvall for The Godfather
Al Pacino for The Godfather
1974 John Houseman Time of exams Vincent Gardenia for The Last Game
Jack Gilford for Save the Tiger
Jason Anthony Miller for The Exorcist
Randy Quaid for The Last Command
1975 Robert De Niro The Godfather - Part II Fred Astaire for Flaming Inferno
Jeff Bridges for The Last Bite the Dogs
Michael V. Gazzo for The Godfather - Part II
Lee Strasberg for The Godfather - Part II
1976 George Burns The Sunny Boys Brad Dourif for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Burgess Meredith for Grasshopper Day
Chris Sarandon for Dog Days
Jack Warden for Shampoo
1977 Jason Robards The incorruptible Ned Beatty for Network
Burgess Meredith for Rocky
Laurence Olivier for The Marathon Man
Burt Young for Rocky
1978 Jason Robards Julia Mikhail Baryshnikov for Am Wendpunkt
Peter Firth for Equus - Blind Horses
Alec Guinness for Star Wars
Maximilian Schell for Julia
1979 Christopher Walken Those who go through hell Bruce Dern for Coming Home
Richard Farnsworth for A Farm in Montana
John Hurt for Midnight Express
Jack Warden for Heaven Should Wait
1980 Melvyn Douglas Welcome Mr. Chance Robert Duvall for Apocalypse Now
Frederic Forrest for The Rose
Justin Henry for Kramer against Kramer
Mickey Rooney for The Black Stallion


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1981 Timothy Hutton A perfectly normal family Judd Hirsch for A Normal Family
Michael O'Keefe for The Great Santini
Joe Pesci for Like a Wild Bull
Jason Robards for Melvin and Howard
1982 John Gielgud Arthur - Not a child of sadness James Coco for Mrs. Hines and daughter
Ian Holm for Victoria's Hour
Jack Nicholson for Reds
Howard E. Rollins Junior for Ragtime
1983 Louis Gossett junior An officer and a gentleman Charles Durning for The Most Beautiful Whorehouse in Texas
John Lithgow for Garp and How He Saw the World
James Mason for The Verdict - The Truth and Nothing But the Truth
Robert Preston for Victor / Victoria
1984 Jack Nicholson Time of tenderness Charles Durning for To Be or Not To Be
John Lithgow for Time Of Tenderness
Sam Shepard for The Stuff The Heroes Are
Made Of Rip Torn for Cross Creek
1985 Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields - Screaming Land Adolph Caesar for Sergeant Waters - A Soldier's
Tale John Malkovich for A Place in the Heart
Pat Morita for Karate Kid
Ralph Richardson for Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
1986 Don Ameche Cocoon Klaus Maria Brandauer for Out of Africa
William Hickey for Die Ehre der Prizzis
Robert Loggia for Das Messer
Eric Roberts for Runaway Train
1987 Michael Caine Hannah and her sisters Tom Berenger for Platoon
Willem Dafoe for Platoon
Denholm Elliott for Room with a View
Dennis Hopper for Free Throw
1988 Sean Connery The Untouchables - The incorruptible Albert Brooks for News Fever - Broadcast News
Morgan Freeman for Glittering Asphalt
Vincent Gardenia for Moonstruck
Denzel Washington for Freedom Cry
1989 Kevin Kline A fish called Wanda Alec Guinness for Klein Dorrit
Martin Landau for Tucker
River Phoenix for Escape into the Unknown
Dean Stockwell for The Mafiosi Bride
1990 Denzel Washington Glory Danny Aiello for Do the Right Thing
Dan Aykroyd for Miss Daisy and her chauffeur
Marlon Brando for White Time of Drought
Martin Landau for Crime and Other Trifles


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1991 Joe Pesci Good Fellas - Three decades in the Mafia Bruce Davison for Longtime Companion
Andy García for The Godfather - Part III
Graham Greene for Who Dances With Wolves
Al Pacino for Dick Tracy
1992 Jack Palance City Slickers - The big city heroes Tommy Lee Jones for JFK - Tatort Dallas
Harvey Keitel for Bugsy
Ben Kingsley for Bugsy
Michael Lerner for Barton Fink
1993 Gene Hackman Merciless Jaye Davidson for The Crying Game
Jack Nicholson for A Matter of Honor
Al Pacino for Glengarry Glen Ross
David Paymer for The Last Comedian - Mr. Saturday Night
1994 Tommy Lee Jones On the run Leonardo DiCaprio for Gilbert Grape - Somewhere in Iowa
Ralph Fiennes for Schindler's List
John Malkovich for In the Line of Fire
Pete Postlethwaite for In the Name of the Father
1995 Martin Landau Ed Wood Samuel L. Jackson for Pulp Fiction
Chazz Palminteri for Bullets Over Broadway
Paul Scofield for Quiz Show
Gary Sinise for Forrest Gump
1996 Kevin Spacey The usual suspects James Cromwell for A Piglet Called Babe
Ed Harris for Apollo 13
Brad Pitt for 12 Monkeys
Tim Roth for Rob Roy
1997 Cuba Gooding junior Jerry Maguire - Game of Life William H. Macy for Fargo
Armin Mueller-Stahl for Shine - The Path into Light
Edward Norton for Twilight
James Woods for Das Assentat
1998 Robin Williams Good Will Hunting Robert Forster for Jackie Brown
Anthony Hopkins for Amistad
Greg Kinnear for It couldn't be better
Burt Reynolds for Boogie Nights
1999 James Coburn The hunted Robert Duvall for Civil Litigation
Ed Harris for The Truman Show
Geoffrey Rush for Shakespeare in Love
Billy Bob Thornton for A Simple Plan
2000 Michael Caine God's work & devil's contribution Tom Cruise for Magnolia
Michael Clarke Duncan for The Green Mile
Jude Law for The Talented Mr. Ripley
Haley Joel Osment for The Sixth Sense


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2001 Benicio del Toro Traffic - power of the cartel Jeff Bridges for Character Assassination - Beyond Morals
Willem Dafoe for Shadow of the Vampire
Albert Finney for Erin Brockovich
Joaquin Phoenix for Gladiator
2002 Jim Broadbent iris Ethan Hawke for Training Day
Ben Kingsley for Sexy Beast
Ian McKellen for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jon Voight for Ali
2003 Chris Cooper Adaptation - The Orchid Thief Ed Harris for The Hours
Paul Newman for Road to Perdition
John C. Reilly for Chicago
Christopher Walken for Catch Me If You Can
2004 Tim Robbins Mystic River Alec Baldwin for The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe
Benicio del Toro for 21 grams
Djimon Hounsou for In America
Ken Watanabe for Last Samurai
2005 Morgan Freeman Million dollar baby Alan Alda for Aviator
Thomas Haden Church for Sideways
Jamie Foxx for Collateral
Clive Owen for Hautnah
2006 George Clooney Syriana Matt Dillon for LA Crash
Paul Giamatti for Das Comeback
Jake Gyllenhaal for Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt for A History of Violence
2007 Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children
Djimon Hounsou for Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg for Departed - Unter Feinden
2008 Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook for Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson for Michael Clayton
2009 Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight Josh Brolin for Milk
Robert Downey Junior for Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Faith
Michael Shannon for Times of Troubles
2010 Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Matt Damon for Invictus - Unconquered
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger - The Last Message
Christopher Plummer for A Russian Summer
Stanley Tucci for In My Heaven


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2011 Christian Bale The Fighter John Hawkes for Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner for The Town
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech
2012 Christopher Plummer Beginners Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill for The Art of Winning - Moneyball
Nick Nolte for Warrior
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2013 Christoph Waltz Django Unchained Alan Arkin for Argo
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
2014 Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
2015 JK Simmons Whiplash Robert Duvall for The Judge - Right or Honor
Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Edward Norton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Power of Cluelessness)
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher
2016 Mark Rylance Bridge of Spies - The Negotiator Christian Bale for The Big Short
Tom Hardy for The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone for Creed - Rocky's Legacy
2017 Mahershala Ali Moonlight Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel for Lion - The Long Road Home
Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals
2018 Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins for Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer for Alles Geld der Welt
2019 Mahershala Ali Green Book - A special friendship Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell for Vice - The Second Man
2020 Brad Pitt Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tom Hanks for The Wonderful Mr. Rogers
Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes
Al Pacino for The Irishman
Joe Pesci for The Irishman