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The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (often referred to as the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry.

At the 9th Academy Awards ceremony held in 1937, Walter Brennan was the first winner of this award for his role in Come and Get It. Initially, winners in both supporting acting categories were awarded plaques instead of statuettes. Beginning with the 16th ceremony held in 1944, however, winners received full-sized statuettes. Currently, nominees are determined by single transferable vote within the actors branch of AMPAS; winners are selected by a plurality vote from the entire eligible voting members of the Academy.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 74 actors. Brennan has received the most awards in this category with three awards. Brennan, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Nicholson, and Claude Rains were nominated on four occasions, more than any other actor. As of the 2018 ceremony, Sam Rockwell is the most recent winner in this category for his role as Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release in Los Angeles County; the ceremonies are always held the following year.

Black and white publicity photo of Walter Brennan promoting the television series The Real McCoys in 1958.

Walter Brennan was the first winner in this category for 1936's Come and Get It; He would also win for his roles in Kentucky (1938) and The Westerner (1940).

Black and white publicity photo of Van Heflin 1942.

Van Heflin won in 1942 for his performance in Johnny Eager.

Charles Coburn won for his performance in 1943's The More the Merrier.

Black-and-white photo of George Sanders from the trailer of the 1950 film All About Eve.

George Sanders won for his role in 1950's All About Eve.

Anthony Quinn won twice for his roles in Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956).

Frank Sinatra won for his performance in 1953's From Here to Eternity.

Jack Lemmon won for his role in Mister Roberts (1955).

Peter Ustinov won twice for his performances in Spartacus (1960) and Topkapi (1964).

Melvyn Douglas won twice in this category for his roles in Hud (1963) and Being There (1979).

Photo of Joel Grey attending the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993.

For his role as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, Joel Grey won this award in 1972, becoming one of eight individuals to win both an Oscar and a Tony Award for the same role.

Robert De Niro won for his performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

Photo of George Burns in 1986.

George Burns won for his performance in The Sunshine Boys. (1975).

Black-and-white photo of Jason Robards in 1975.

Jason Robards won two consecutive awards in 1976 and 1977 for his roles in All the President's Men and Julia.

Photo of Christopher Walken in 2009.

Christopher Walken earned two nominations in this category resulting in a win for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978).

Photo of Timothy Hutton at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

At age 20, Timothy Hutton became the youngest winner in this category for his role as Conrad Jarrett in the 1980 film Ordinary People.

Photo of Louis Gossett, Jr. in 2008.

Louis Gossett Jr. won for his performance in 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman, becoming the first black actor to win in this category.

Jack Nicholson won for his role in Terms of Endearment (1983).

Michael Caine won twice for his roles in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999).

Sean Connery at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Sean Connery won for his performance in The Untouchables (1987).

Kevin Kline at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Kevin Kline won for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

Photo of Denzel Washington after a performance of Julius Caesar in May 2005.

Denzel Washington won for his role in Glory (1989).

Joe Pesci won for his performace as Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas.

Tommy Lee Jones won for his role in The Fugitive (1993).

Photo of Martin Landau at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.

Martin Landau won for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994).

Photo of Robin Williams at the Happy Feet premiere in 2011.

Robin Williams won for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997).

Photo of Benicio Del Toro speaking at San Diego Comic Con in 2013.

Benicio del Toro won for his role in 2000's Traffic.

Photo of Jim Broadbent at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

Jim Broadbent won for his performance as John Bayley in Iris (2001).

Tim Robbins—a white male with close-cut gray hair, light-colored eyes, smiling and wearing narrow, plastic-framed eyeglasses and a dark gray jacket over a black shirt—attending the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 at age 53.

Tim Robbins won for his performance in Mystic River (2003).

Photo of Morgan Freeman at the Forbes MEET Conference in LA in 2006.

Morgan Freeman won for his performance in Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Photo of George Clooney at the premiere of the film The Men Who Stare at Goats in 2009.

George Clooney won for his role Syriana (2005).

Photo of Alan Arkin with his wife Suzanne at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Alan Arkin won for his performance in 2006's Little Miss Sunshine.

Photo of Javier Bardem at the unveiling ceremony of for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Javier Bardem won for his performance in No Country for Old Men (2007).

Photo of Heath Ledger attending the Berlin Film Festival in 2006.

Heath Ledger won posthumously for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), the first win for portraying a comic book character.

Christoph Waltz won twice for his roles in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).

Photo of Christian Bale backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.

Christian Bale won for his performance as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter (2010).

Upper torso of a gray-haired old man. He is wearing a teal T-shirt with a grey sweater tied around his neck.

At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting Oscar winner for his performance in Beginners (2011).

Photo of Jared Leto at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.

Jared Leto won for his role as a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).

Photo of J. K. Simmons attending the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009.

J. K. Simmons won for his role in Whiplash (2014).

Photo of Mark Rylance at the Belasco Theatre in October 2013.

Mark Rylance won for portraying Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies (2015).

Photo of Mahershala Ali at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013.

Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar for his role in Moonlight (2016).

Table key
Indicates the winner
Indicates posthumous winner
Year Actor Role(s) Film
Walter Brennan Swan Bostrom Come and Get It
Mischa Auer Carlo My Man Godfrey
Stuart Erwin Amos Dodd Pigskin Parade
Basil Rathbone Tybalt - Nephew to Lady Capulet Romeo and Juliet
Akim Tamiroff General Yang The General Died at Dawn
Joseph Schildkraut Capt. Alfred Dreyfus The Life of Emile Zola
Ralph Bellamy Dan Leeson The Awful Truth
Thomas Mitchell Dr. Kersaint The Hurricane
H. B. Warner Chang Lost Horizon
Roland Young Cosmo Topper Topper
Walter Brennan Peter Goodwin Kentucky
John Garfield Mickey Borden Four Daughters
Gene Lockhart Regis Algiers
Robert Morley King Louis XVI Marie Antoinette
Basil Rathbone King Louis XI If I Were King
Thomas Mitchell Dr. Josiah Boone Stagecoach
Brian Aherne Emperor Maximilian von Habsburg Juarez
Harry Carey President of the Senate Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Brian Donlevy Sgt. Markoff Beau Geste
Claude Rains Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Walter Brennan Judge Roy Bean The Westerner
Albert Bassermann Van Meer Foreign Correspondent
William Gargan Joe They Knew What They Wanted
Jack Oakie Benzini Napaloni (Dictator of Bacteria) The Great Dictator
James Stephenson Howard Joyce The Letter
Donald Crisp Gwilym Morgan How Green Was My Valley
Walter Brennan Pastor Rosier Pile Sergeant York
Charles Coburn John P. Merrick The Devil and Miss Jones
James Gleason Max Corkle Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Sydney Greenstreet Kasper Gutman The Maltese Falcon
Van Heflin Jeff Hartnett Johnny Eager
William Bendix Pvt. Aloysius "Smacksie" Randall Wake Island
Walter Huston Jerry Cohan Yankee Doodle Dandy
Frank Morgan The Pirate Tortilla Flat
Henry Travers James Ballard Mrs. Miniver
Charles Coburn Benjamin Dingle The More the Merrier
Charles Bickford Father Peyramale The Song of Bernadette
J. Carrol Naish Giuseppe Sahara
Claude Rains Capt. Louis Renault Casablanca
Akim Tamiroff Pablo For Whom the Bell Tolls
Barry Fitzgerald Father Fitzgibbon Going My Way
Hume Cronyn Paul Roeder The Seventh Cross
Claude Rains Job Skeffington Mr. Skeffington
Clifton Webb Waldo Lydecker Laura
Monty Woolley Colonel William G. Smollett Since You Went Away
James Dunn Johnny Nolan A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Michael Chekhov Dr. Alexander "Alex" Brulov Spellbound
John Dall Morgan Evans The Corn Is Green
Robert Mitchum Lt. Capt. Bill Walker G. I. Joe
J. Carrol Naish Charley Martin A Medal for Benny
Harold Russell Homer Parrish The Best Years of Our Lives
Charles Coburn Alexander Gow The Green Years
William Demarest Steve Martin The Jolson Story
Claude Rains Alexander Sebastian Notorious
Clifton Webb Elliott Templeton The Razor's Edge
Edmund Gwenn Kris Kringle Miracle on 34th Street
Charles Bickford Joseph Clancy The Farmer's Daughter
Thomas Gomez Pancho Ride the Pink Horse
Robert Ryan Montgomery Crossfire
Richard Widmark Tommy Udo Kiss of Death
Walter Huston Howard The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Charles Bickford Black McDonald Johnny Belinda
José Ferrer The Dauphin, Charles VII, later King of France Joan of Arc
Oskar Homolka Uncle Chris Halverson I Remember Mama
Cecil Kellaway Horace (A Leprechaun) The Luck of the Irish
Dean Jagger Major Harvey Stovall Twelve O'Clock High
John Ireland Jack Burden All the King's Men
Arthur Kennedy Connie Kelly Champion
Ralph Richardson Dr. Austin Sloper The Heiress
James Whitmore Sgt. Kinnie Battleground
George Sanders Addison De Witt All About Eve
Jeff Chandler Cochise Broken Arrow
Edmund Gwenn "Skipper" Miller Mister 880
Sam Jaffe Dr. Erwin Riedenschneider The Asphalt Jungle
Erich von Stroheim Max von Meyerling Sunset Boulevard
Karl Malden Harold "Mitch" Mitchell A Streetcar Named Desire
Leo Genn Petronius Quo Vadis
Kevin McCarthy Biff Loman Death of a Salesman
Peter Ustinov Nero Quo Vadis
Gig Young Boyd Copeland Come Fill the Cup
Anthony Quinn Eufemio Zapata Viva Zapata!
Richard Burton Philip Ashley My Cousin Rachel
Arthur Hunnicutt Zeb Calloway
The Big Sky
Victor McLaglen Will "Red" Danaher The Quiet Man
Jack Palance Lester Blaine Sudden Fear
Frank Sinatra Pvt. Angelo Maggio From Here to Eternity
Eddie Albert Irving Radovich Roman Holiday
Brandon deWilde Joey Starrett Shane
Jack Palance Jack Wilson
Robert Strauss Sgt. Stanislas "Animal" Kasava Stalag 17
Edmond O'Brien Oscar Muldoon The Barefoot Contessa
Lee J. Cobb Johnny Friendly On the Waterfront
Karl Malden Father Barry
Rod Steiger Charley "The Gent" Malloy
Tom Tully Commander DeVriess The Caine Mutiny
Jack Lemmon Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver Mister Roberts
Arthur Kennedy Barney Castle Trial
Joe Mantell Angie Marty
Sal Mineo John "Plato" Crawford Rebel Without a Cause
Arthur O'Connell Howard Bevans Picnic
Anthony Quinn Paul Gauguin Lust for Life
Don Murray Beauregard "Bo" Decker Bus Stop
Anthony Perkins Josh Birdwell Friendly Persuasion
Mickey Rooney Dooley The Bold and the Brave
Robert Stack Kyle Hadley Written on the Wind
Red Buttons Airman Joe Kelly Sayonara
Vittorio De Sica Major Alessandro Rinaldi A Farewell to Arms
Sessue Hayakawa Colonel Saito The Bridge on the River Kwai
Arthur Kennedy Lucas Cross Peyton Place
Russ Tamblyn Norman Page
Burl Ives Rufus Hannassey The Big Country
Theodore Bikel Sheriff Max Muller The Defiant Ones
Lee J. Cobb Fyodor Karamazov The Brothers Karamazov
Arthur Kennedy Frank Hirsh Some Came Running
Gig Young Dr. Hugo Pine Teacher's Pet
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim Ben-Hur
Arthur O'Connell Parnell Emmett McCarthy Anatomy of a Murder
George C. Scott Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer
Robert Vaughn Chester "Chet" Gwynn The Young Philadelphians
Ed Wynn Albert Dussell The Diary of Anne Frank
Peter Ustinov Lentulus Batiatus Spartacus
Peter Falk Abe "Kid Twist" Reles Murder, Inc.
Jack Kruschen Dr. Dreyfuss The Apartment
Sal Mineo Dov Landau Exodus
Chill Wills Beekeeper The Alamo
George Chakiris Bernardo Nuñez West Side Story
Montgomery Clift Rudolph Petersen Judgment at Nuremberg
Peter Falk Joy Boy Pocketful of Miracles
Jackie Gleason Minnesota Fats The Hustler
George C. Scott Template:Ref label Bert Gordon
Ed Begley Tom "Boss" Finley Sweet Bird of Youth
Victor Buono Edwin Flagg What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Telly Savalas Feto Gomez Birdman of Alcatraz
Omar Sharif Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish Lawrence of Arabia
Terence Stamp Billy Budd Billy Budd
Melvyn Douglas Homer Bannon Hud
Nick Adams Ben Brown Twilight of Honor
Bobby Darin Corporal Jim Tompkins Captain Newman, M.D.
Hugh Griffith Squire Western Tom Jones
John Huston Cardinal Glennon The Cardinal
Peter Ustinov Arthur Simon Simpson Topkapi
John Gielgud Louis VII of France Becket
Stanley Holloway Alfred Doolittle My Fair Lady
Edmond O'Brien Senator Raymond Clark Seven Days in May
Lee Tracy President Art Hockstader The Best Man
Martin Balsam Arnold Burns A Thousand Clowns
Ian Bannen "Ratbags" Crow The Flight of the Phoenix
Tom Courtenay Pasha Antipov (Strelnikov) Doctor Zhivago
Michael Dunn Carl Glocken Ship of Fools
Frank Finlay Iago Othello
Walter Matthau Willie Gingrich The Fortune Cookie
Mako Po-han The Sand Pebbles
James Mason James Leamington Georgy Girl
George Segal Nick Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Robert Shaw Henry VIII of England A Man for All Seasons
George Kennedy Dragline Cool Hand Luke
John Cassavetes Victor P. Franko The Dirty Dozen
Gene Hackman Buck Barrow Bonnie and Clyde
Cecil Kellaway Monsignor Mike Ryan Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Michael J. Pollard C.W. Moss Bonnie and Clyde
Jack Albertson John Cleary The Subject Was Roses
Seymour Cassel Chet Faces
Daniel Massey Noël Coward Star!
Jack Wild The Artful Dodger Oliver!
Gene Wilder Leo Bloo] The Producers
Gig Young Rocky Graver They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Rupert Crosse Ned McCaslin The Reivers
Elliott Gould Ted Henderson Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Jack Nicholson George Hanson Easy Rider
Anthony Quayle Cardinal Wolsey Anne of the Thousand Days
John Mills Michael Ryan's Daughter
Richard S. Castellano Frank Vecchio Lovers and Other Strangers
Chief Dan George Old Lodge Skins Little Big Man
Gene Hackman Gene Garrison I Never Sang for My Father
John Marley Phil Cavalleri Love Story
Ben Johnson Sam the Lion The Last Picture Show
Jeff Bridges Duane Jackson The Last Picture Show
Leonard Frey Motel Kamzoil Fiddler on the Roof
Richard Jaeckel Joe Ben Stamper Sometimes a Great Notion
Roy Scheider Det. Buddy "Cloudy" Russo The French Connection
Joel Grey Master of Ceremonies Cabaret
Eddie Albert Mr. Corcoran The Heartbreak Kid
James Caan Sonny Corleone The Godfather
Robert Duvall Tom Hagen
Al Pacino Michael Corleone
John Houseman Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. The Paper Chase
Vincent Gardenia Dutch Schnell Bang the Drum Slowly
Jack Gilford Phil Greene Save the Tiger
Jason Miller Father Damien Karras The Exorcist
Randy Quaid Larry Meadows The Last Detail
Robert De Niro Vito Corleone The Godfather Part II
Fred Astaire Harlee Claiborne The Towering Inferno
Jeff Bridges Lightfoot Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Michael V. Gazzo Frank Pentangeli The Godfather Part II
Lee Strasberg Hyman Roth
George Burns Al Lewis The Sunshine Boys
Brad Dourif Billy Bibbit One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Burgess Meredith Harry Greener The Day of the Locust
Chris Sarandon Leon Shermer Dog Day Afternoon
Jack Warden Lester Karpf Shampoo
Jason Robards Ben Bradlee All the President's Men
Ned Beatty Arthur Jensen Network
Burgess Meredith Mickey Goldmill Rocky
Laurence Olivier Dr. Christian Szell Marathon Man
Burt Young Paulie Pennino Rocky
Jason Robards Dashiell Hammett Julia
Mikhail Baryshnikov Yuri Kopeikine The Turning Point
Peter Firth Alan Strang Equus
Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars
Maximilian Schell Johann Julia
Christopher Walken Nikonar "Nick" Chevotarevich The Deer Hunter
Bruce Dern Capt. Bob Hyde Coming Home
Richard Farnsworth Dodger Comes a Horseman
John Hurt Max Midnight Express
Jack Warden Max Corkle Heaven Can Wait
Melvyn Douglas Benjamin Turnbull Rand Being There
Robert Duvall Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore Apocalypse Now
Frederic Forrest Houston Dyer The Rose
Justin Henry Billy Kramer Kramer vs. Kramer
Mickey Rooney Henry Dailey The Black Stallion
Timothy Hutton Conrad Jarrett Ordinary People
Judd Hirsch Dr. Tyrone C. Berger Ordinary People
Michael O'Keefe Ben Meechum The Great Santini
Joe Pesci Joey LaMotta Raging Bull
Jason Robards Howard Hughes Melvin and Howard
John Gielgud Hobson Arthur
James Coco Jimmy Perry Only When I Laugh
Ian Holm Sam Mussabini Chariots of Fire
Jack Nicholson Eugene O'Neill Reds
Howard Rollins Coalhouse Walker, Jr. Ragtime
Louis Gossett Jr. Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman
Charles Durning Governor The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
John Lithgow Roberta Muldoon The World According to Garp
James Mason Ed Concannon The Verdict
Robert Preston Carroll "Toddy" Todd Victor/Victoria
Jack Nicholson Garrett Breedlove Terms of Endearment
Charles Durning Colonel Erhardt To Be or Not to Be
John Lithgow Sam Burns Terms of Endearment
Sam Shepard Chuck Yeager The Right Stuff
Rip Torn Marsh Turner Cross Creek
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran The Killing Fields
Adolph Caesar Sgt. Waters A Soldier's Story
John Malkovich Mr. Will Places in the Heart
Pat Morita Kesuke Miyagi The Karate Kid
Ralph Richardson The Sixth Earl of Greystoke Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Don Ameche Arthur Selwyn Cocoon
Klaus Maria Brandauer Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke Out of Africa
William Hickey Don Corrado Prizzi Prizzi's Honor
Robert Loggia Sam Ransom Jagged Edge
Eric Roberts Buck Runaway Train
Michael Caine Elliott Daniels Hannah and Her Sisters
Tom Berenger Sgt. Bob Barnes Platoon
Willem Dafoe Sgt. Elias Grodin
Denholm Elliott Mr. Emerson A Room with a View
Dennis Hopper Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch Hoosiers
Sean Connery Jimmy Malone The Untouchables
Albert Brooks Aaron Altman Broadcast News
Morgan Freeman Leo "Fast Black" Smalls, Jr. Street Smart
Vincent Gardenia Cosmo Castorini Moonstruck
Denzel Washington Steve Biko Cry Freedom
Kevin Kline Otto West A Fish Called Wanda
Alec Guinness William Dorrit Little Dorrit
Martin Landau Abe Karatz Tucker: The Man and His Dream
River Phoenix Danny Pope Running on Empty
Dean Stockwell Tony "The Tiger" Russo Married to the Mob
Denzel Washington Pvt. Silas Trip Glory
Danny Aiello Sal Frangione Do the Right Thing
Dan Aykroyd Boolie Werthan Driving Miss Daisy
Marlon Brando Ian Mackenzie A Dry White Season
Martin Landau Judah Rosenthal Crimes and Misdemeanors
Joe Pesci Tommy DeVito Goodfellas
Bruce Davison David Longtime Companion
Andy García Vincent Mancini The Godfather Part III
Graham Greene Kicking Bird Dances with Wolves
Al Pacino Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice Dick Tracy
Jack Palance Curly Washburn City Slickers
Tommy Lee Jones Clay Shaw JFK
Harvey Keitel Mickey Cohen Bugsy
Ben Kingsley Meyer Lansky
Michael Lerner Jack Lipnick Barton Fink
Gene Hackman Little Bill Daggett Unforgiven
Jaye Davidson Dil The Crying Game
Jack Nicholson Colonel Nathan R. Jessep A Few Good Men
Al Pacino Richard "Ricky" Roma Glengarry Glen Ross
David Paymer Stan Young Mr. Saturday Night
Tommy Lee Jones U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard The Fugitive
Leonardo DiCaprio Arnie Grape What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Ralph Fiennes Amon Göeth Schindler's List
John Malkovich Mitch Leary In the Line of Fire
Pete Postlethwaite Giuseppe Conlon In the Name of the Father
Martin Landau Béla Lugosi Ed Wood
Samuel L. Jackson Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction
Chazz Palminteri Cheech Bullets over Broadway
Paul Scofield Mark Van Doren Quiz Show
Gary Sinise Lt. Dan Taylor Forrest Gump
Kevin Spacey Roger "Verbal" Kint The Usual Suspects
James Cromwell Farmer Arthur Hoggett Babe
Ed Harris Gene Kranz Apollo 13
Brad Pitt Jeffrey Goines 12 Monkeys
Tim Roth Archibald Cunningham Rob Roy
Cuba Gooding Jr. Rod Tidwell Jerry Maguire
William H. Macy Jerry Lundegaard Fargo
Armin Mueller-Stahl Peter Helfgott Shine
Edward Norton Aaron Stampler Primal Fear
James Woods Byron De La Beckwith Ghosts of Mississippi
Robin Williams Dr. Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting
Robert Forster Max Cherry Jackie Brown
Anthony Hopkins John Quincy Adams Amistad
Greg Kinnear Simon Bishop As Good as It Gets
Burt Reynolds Jack Horner Boogie Nights
James Coburn Glen Whitehouse Affliction
Robert Duvall Jerome Facher A Civil Action
Ed Harris Christof The Truman Show
Geoffrey Rush Philip Henslowe Shakespeare in Love
Billy Bob Thornton Jacob Mitchell A Simple Plan
Michael Caine Dr. Wilbur Larch The Cider House Rules
Tom Cruise Frank T.J. Mackey Magnolia
Michael Clarke Duncan John Coffey The Green Mile
Jude Law Dickie Greenleaf The Talented Mr. Ripley
Haley Joel Osment Cole Sear The Sixth Sense
Benicio del Toro Javier Rodriguez Traffic
Jeff Bridges Jackson Evans The Contender
Willem Dafoe Max Schreck Shadow of the Vampire
Albert Finney Edward L. Masry Erin Brockovich
Joaquin Phoenix Commodus Gladiator
Jim Broadbent John Bayley Iris
Ethan Hawke Officer Jake Hoyt Training Day
Ben Kingsley Don Logan Sexy Beast
Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jon Voight Howard Cosell Ali
Chris Cooper John Laroche Adaptation.
Ed Harris Richard "Richie" Brown The Hours
Paul Newman John Rooney Road to Perdition
John C. Reilly Amos Hart Chicago
Christopher Walken Frank Abagnale, Sr. Catch Me If You Can
Tim Robbins Dave Boyle Mystic River
Alec Baldwin Shelly Kaplow The Cooler
Benicio del Toro Jack Jordan 21 Grams
Djimon Hounsou Mateo In America
Ken Watanabe Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto The Last Samurai
Morgan Freeman Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris Million Dollar Baby
Alan Alda Owen Brewster The Aviator
Thomas Haden Church Jack Cole Sideways
Jamie Foxx Max Durocher Collateral
Clive Owen Larry Gray Closer
George Clooney Robert Barnes Syriana
Matt Dillon Officer John Ryan Crash
Paul Giamatti Joe Gould Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal Jack Twist Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt Richie Cusack A History of Violence
Alan Arkin Edwin Hoover Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley Ronald James McGorvey Little Children
Djimon Hounsou Solomon Vandy Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy James "Thunder" Early Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam The Departed
Javier Bardem Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men
Casey Affleck Robert Ford The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Philip Seymour Hoffman Gust Avrakotos Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook Ron Franz Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson Arthur Edens Michael Clayton
Heath Ledger The Joker The Dark Knight
Josh Brolin Dan White Milk
Robert Downey Jr. Kirk Lazarus Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman Father Brendan Flynn DoubtDoubt
Michael Shannon John Givings, Jr. Revolutionary Road
Christoph Waltz Col. Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds
Matt Damon Francois Pienaar Invictus
Woody Harrelson Capt. Tony Stone The Messenger
Christopher Plummer Leo Tolstoy The Last Station
Stanley Tucci George Harvey The Lovely Bones
Christian Bale Dicky Eklund The Fighter
John Hawkes Teardrop Dolly Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner James "Jem" Coughlin The Town
Mark Ruffalo Paul Hatfield The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush Lionel Logue The King's Speech
Christopher Plummer Hal Fields Beginners
Kenneth Branagh Laurence Olivier My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill Peter Brand Moneyball
Nick Nolte Paddy Conlon Warrior
Max von Sydow The Renter Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Christoph Waltz Dr. King Schultz Django Unchained
Alan Arkin Lester Siegel Argo
Robert De Niro Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Sr. Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman Lancaster Dodd The Master
Tommy Lee Jones Thaddeus Stevens Lincoln
Jared Leto Rayon Dallas Buyers Club
Barkhad Abdi Abduwali Muse Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper Richard "Richie" DiMaso American Hustle
Michael Fassbender Edwin Epps 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill Donnie Azoff The Wolf of Wall Street
J. K. Simmons Terence Fletcher Whiplash
Robert Duvall Joseph Palmer The Judge
Ethan Hawke Mason Evans, Sr. Boyhood
Edward Norton Mike Shiner Birdman
Mark Ruffalo David Schultz Foxcatcher
Mark Rylance Rudolf Abel Bridge of Spies
Christian Bale Michael Burry The Big Short
Tom Hardy John Fitzgerald The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo Michael Rezendes Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa Creed
Mahershala Ali Juan Moonlight
Jeff Bridges Marcus Hamilton Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges Patrick Chandler Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel Saroo Brierley Lion
Michael Shannon Lieutenant Bobby Andes Nocturnal Animals
Sam Rockwell Officer Jason Dixon Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe Bobby Hicks The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson Sheriff William Willoughby Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins Giles The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer J. Paul Getty All the Money in the World

Multiple wins and nominations

The following individuals received two or more Best Supporting Actor awards:

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

The following individuals received three or more Best Supporting Actor nominations:

Nominations Actor
4 Walter Brennan
Jeff Bridges
Robert Duvall
Arthur Kennedy
Jack Nicholson
Claude Rains
3 Charles Bickford
Charles Coburn
Willem Dafoe
Gene Hackman
Ed Harris
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Martin Landau
Al Pacino
Jack Palance
Christopher Plummer
Jason Robards
Mark Ruffalo
Peter Ustinov
Gig Young

Age superlatives

Record Actor Film Age (in years)
Oldest winner Christopher Plummer Beginners 82
Oldest nominee All the Money in the World 88
Youngest winner Timothy Hutton Ordinary People 20
Youngest nominee Justin Henry Kramer vs. Kramer 8

Multiple wins and nominations

The following individuals received two or more Best Supporting Actor awards:

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

The following individuals received three or more Best Supporting Actor nominations:

Nominations Actor
4 Walter Brennan
Jeff Bridges
Robert Duvall
Arthur Kennedy
Jack Nicholson
Claude Rains
3 Charles Bickford
Charles Coburn
Willem Dafoe
Gene Hackman
Ed Harris
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Martin Landau
Al Pacino
Jack Palance
Christopher Plummer
Jason Robards
Mark Ruffalo
Peter Ustinov
Gig Young

Age superlatives

Record Actor Film Age (in years)
Oldest winner Christopher Plummer Beginners 82
Oldest nominee All the Money in the World 88
Youngest winner Timothy Hutton Ordinary People 20
Youngest nominee Justin Henry Kramer vs. Kramer 8

See also

  • All Academy Award acting nominees
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
  • Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role