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The Academy Award for a 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

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. 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. 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.

Best Supporting Actor By Decade

1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s

9th Academy Awards (1936)

Winner
Walter BrennanCome and Get It
Nominees
Mischa AuerMy Man Godfrey
Stuart ErwinPigskin Parade
Basil RathboneRomeo and Juliet
Akim TamiroffThe General Died at Dawn

10th Academy Awards (1937)

Winner
Joseph SchildkrautThe Life of Emile Zola
Nominees
Ralph BellamyThe Awful Truth
Thomas MitchellThe Hurricane
H. B. WarnerLost Horizon
Roland YoungTopper

11th Academy Awards (1938)

Winner
Walter BrennanKentucky
Nominees
John GarfieldFour Daughters
Gene LockhartAlgiers
Robert MorleyMarie Antoinette
Basil RathboneIf I Were King

12th Academy Awards (1939)

Winner
Thomas MitchellStagecoach
Nominees
Brian AherneJuarez
Harry CareyMr. Smith Goes to Washington
Brian DonlevyBeau Geste
Claude RainsMr. Smith Goes to Washington

1940s

13th Academy Awards (1940)

Winner
Walter BrennanThe Westerner
Nominees
Albert BassermanForeign Correspondent
William GarganThey Knew What They Wanted
Jack OakieThe Great Dictator
James StephensonThe Letter

14th Academy Awards (1941)

Winner
Donald CrispHow Green Was My Valley
Nominees
Walter BrennanSergeant York
Charles CoburnThe Devil and Miss Jone
James GleasonHere Comes Mr. Jordan
Sydney GreenstreetThe Maltese Falcon

15th Academy Awards (1942)

Winner
Van HeflinJohnny Eager
Nominees
William BendixWake Island
Walter HustonYankee Doodle Dandy
Frank MorganTortilla Flat
Henry TraversMrs. Miniver

16th Academy Awards (1943)

Winner
Charles CoburnThe More the Merrier
Nominees
Charles BickfordThe Song of Bernadette
J. Carrol NaishSahara
Claude RainsCasablanca
Akim TamiroffFor Whom the Bell Tolls

17th Academy Awards (1944)

Winner
Barry FitzgeraldGoing My Way
Nominees
Hume CronynThe Seventh Cross
Claude RainsMr. Skeffington
Clifton WebbLaura
Monty WoolleySince You Went Away

18th Academy Awards (1945)

Winner
James DunnA Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Nominees
Michael ChekhovSpellbound
John DallThe Corn Is Green
Robert MitchumG. I. Joe
J. Carrol NaishA Medal for Benny

19th Academy Awards (1946)

Winner
Harold RussellThe Best Years of Our Lives
Nominees
Charles CoburnThe Green Years
William DemarestThe Jolson Story
Claude RainsNotorious
Clifton WebbThe Razor's Edge

20th Academy Awards (1947)

Winner
Edmund GwennMiracle on 34th Street
Nominees
Charles BickfordThe Farmer's Daughter
Thomas GomezRide the Pink Horse
Robert RyanCrossfire
Richard WidmarkKiss of Death

21st Academy Awards (1948)

Winner
Walter HustonThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Nominees
Charles BickfordJohnny Belinda
José FerrerJoan of Arc
Oscar HomolkaI Remember Mama
Cecil KellawayThe Luck of the Irish

22nd Academy Awards (1949)

Winner
Dean JaggerTwelve O'Clock High
Nominees
John IrelandAll the King's Men
Arthur KennedyChampion
Ralph RichardsonThe Heiress
James WhitmoreBattleground

1950s

23rd Academy Awards (1950)

Winner
George SandersAll about Eve
Nominees
Jeff ChandlerBroken Arrow
Edmund GwennMister 880
Sam JaffeThe Asphalt Jungle
Erich von StroheimSunset Blvd.

24th Academy Awards (1951)

Winner
Karl MaldenA Streetcar Named Desire
Nominees
Leo GennQuo Vadis
Kevin McCarthyDeath of a Salesman
Peter UstinovQuo Vadis
Gig YoungCome Fill the Cup

25th Academy Awards (1952)

Winner
Anthony QuinnViva Zapata!
Nominees
Richard BurtonMy Cousin Rachel
Arthur HunnicuttThe Big Sky
Victor McLaglenThe Quiet Man
Jack PalanceSudden Fear

26th Academy Awards (1953)

Winner
Frank SinatraFrom Here to Eternity
Nominees
Eddie AlbertRoman Holiday
Brandon De WildeShane
Jack PalanceShane
Robert StraussStalag 17

27th Academy Awards (1954)

Winner
Edmond O'BrienThe Barefoot Contessa
Nominees
Lee J. CobbOn the Waterfront
Karl MaldenOn the Waterfront
Rod SteigerOn the Waterfront
Tom TullyThe Caine Mutiny

28th Academy Awards (1955)

Winner
Jack LemmonMister Roberts
Nominees
Arthur KennedyTrial
Joe MantellMarty
Sal MineoRebel without a Cause
Arthur O'ConnellPicnic

29th Academy Awards (1956)

Winner
Anthony QuinnLust for Life
Nominees
Don MurrayBus Stop
Anthony PerkinsFriendly Persuasion
Mickey RooneyThe Bold and the Brave
Robert StackWritten on the Wind

30th Academy Awards (1957)

Winner
Red ButtonsSayonara
Nominees
Vittorio De SicaA Farewell to Arms
Sessue HayakawaThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Arthur KennedyPeyton Place
Russ TamblynPeyton Place

31st Academy Awards (1958)

Winner
Burl IvesThe Big Country
Nominees
Theodore BikelThe Defiant Ones
Lee J. CobbThe Brothers Karamazov
Arthur KennedySome Came Running
Gig YoungTeacher's Pet

32nd Academy Awards (1959)

Winner
Hugh GriffithBen-Hur
Nominees
Arthur O'ConnellAnatomy of a Murder
George C. ScottAnatomy of a Murder
Robert VaughnThe Young Philadelphians
Ed WynnThe Diary of Anne Frank

1960s

33rd Academy Awards (1960)

Winner
Peter UstinovSpartacus
Nominees
Peter FalkMurder, Inc.
Jack KruschenThe Apartment
Sal MineoExodus
Chill WillsThe Alamo

34th Academy Awards (1961)

Winner
George ChakirisWest Side Story
Nominees
Montgomery CliftJudgment at Nuremberg
Peter FalkPocketful of Miracles
Jackie GleasonThe Hustler
George C. ScottThe Hustler

35th Academy Awards (1962)

Winner
Ed BegleySweet Bird of Youth
Nominees
Victor BuonoWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Telly SavalasBirdman of Alcatraz
Omar SharifLawrence of Arabia
Terence StampBilly Budd

36th Academy Awards (1963)

Winner
Melvyn DouglasHud
Nominees
Nick AdamsTwilight of Honor
Bobby DarinCaptain Newman, M.D.
Hugh GriffithTom Jones
John HustonThe Cardinal

37th Academy Awards (1964)

Winner
Peter UstinovTopkapi
Nominees
John GielgudBecket
Stanley HollowayMy Fair Lady
Edmond O'BrienSeven Days in May
Lee TracyThe Best Man

38th Academy Awards (1965)

Winner
Martin BalsamA Thousand Clowns
Nominees
Ian BannenThe Flight of the Phoenix
Tom CourtenayDoctor Zhivago
Michael DunnShip of Fools
Frank FinlayOthello

39th Academy Awards (1966)

Winner
Walter MatthauThe Fortune Cookie
Nominees
MakoThe Sand Pebbles
James MasonGeorgy Girl
George SegalWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Robert ShawA Man for All Seasons

40th Academy Awards (1967)

Winner
George KennedyCool Hand Luke
Nominees
John CassavetesThe Dirty Dozen
Gene HackmanBonnie and Clyde
Cecil KellawayGuess Who's Coming to Dinner
Michael J. PollardBonnie and Clyde

41st Academy Awards (1968)

Winner
Jack AlbertsonThe Subject Was Roses
Nominees
Seymour CasselFaces
Daniel MasseyStar!
Jack WildOliver!
Gene WilderThe Producers

42nd Academy Awards (1969)

Winner
Gig YoungThey Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Nominees
Rupert CrosseThe Reivers
Elliott GouldBob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Jack NicholsonEasy Rider
Anthony QuayleAnne of the Thousand Days

1970s

43rd Academy Awards (1970)

Winner
John MillsRyan's Daughter
Nominees
Richard CastellanoLovers and Other Strangers
Chief Dan GeorgeLittle Big Man
Gene HackmanI Never Sang for My Father
John MarleyLove Story

44th Academy Awards (1971)

Winner
Ben JohnsonThe Last Picture Show
Nominees
Jeff BridgesThe Last Picture Show
Leonard FreyFiddler on the Roof
Richard JaeckelSometimes a Great Notion
Roy ScheiderThe French Connection

45th Academy Awards (1972)

Winner
Joel GreyCabaret
Nominees
Eddie AlbertThe Heartbreak Kid
James CaanThe Godfather
Robert DuvallThe Godfather
Al PacinoThe Godfather

46th Academy Awards (1973)

Winner
John HousemanThe Paper Chase
Nominees
Vincent GardeniaBang the Drum Slowly
Jack GilfordSave the Tiger
Jason MillerThe Exorcist
Randy QuaidThe Last Detail

47th Academy Awards (1974)

Winner
Robert De NiroThe Godfather Part II
Nominees
Fred AstaireThe Towering Inferno
Jeff BridgesThunderbolt and Lightfoot
Michael V. GazzoThe Godfather Part II
Lee StrasbergThe Godfather Part II

48th Academy Awards (1975)

Winner
George BurnsThe Sunshine Boys
Nominees
Brad DourifOne Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Burgess MeredithThe Day of the Locust
Chris SarandonDog Day Afternoon
Jack WardenShampoo

49th Academy Awards (1976)

Winner
Jason RobardsAll the President's Men
Nominees
Ned BeattyNetwork
Burgess MeredithRocky
Laurence OlivierMarathon Man
Burt YoungRocky

50th Academy Awards (1977)

Winner
Jason RobardsJulia
Nominees
Mikhail BaryshnikovThe Turning Point
Peter FirthEquus
Alec GuinnessStar Wars
Maximilian SchellJulia

51st Academy Awards (1978)

Winner
Christopher WalkenThe Deer Hunter
Nominees
Bruce DernComing Home
Richard FarnsworthComes a Horseman
John HurtMidnight Express
Jack WardenHeaven Can Wait

52nd Academy Awards (1979)

Winner
Melvyn DouglasBeing There
Nominees
Robert DuvallApocalypse Now
Frederic ForrestThe Rose
Justin HenryKramer vs. Kramer
Mickey RooneyThe Black Stallion

1980s

53rd Academy Awards (1980)

Winner
Timothy HuttonOrdinary People
Nominees
Judd HirschOrdinary People
Michael O'KeefeThe Great Santini
Joe PesciRaging Bull
Jason RobardsMelvin and Howard

54th Academy Awards (1981)

Winner
John GielgudArthur
Nominees
James CocoOnly When I Laugh
Ian HolmChariots of Fire
Jack NicholsonReds
Howard E. Rollins, Jr.Ragtime

55th Academy Awards (1982)

Winner
Louis Gossett, Jr.An Officer and a Gentleman
Nominees
Charles DurningThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
John LithgowThe World According to Garp
James MasonThe Verdict
Robert PrestonVictor/Victoria

56th Academy Awards (1983)

Winner
Jack NicholsonTerms of Endearment
Nominees
Charles DurningTo Be or Not to Be
John LithgowTerms of Endearment
Sam ShepardThe Right Stuff
Rip TornCross Creek

57th Academy Awards (1984)

Winner
Haing S. NgorThe Killing Fields
Nominees
Adolph CaesarA Soldier's Story
John MalkovichPlaces in the Heart
Noriyuki 'Pat' MoritaThe Karate Kid
Ralph RichardsonGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

58th Academy Awards (1985)

Winner
Don AmecheCocoon
Nominees
Klaus Maria BrandauerOut of Africa
William HickeyPrizzi's Honor
Robert LoggiaJagged Edge
Eric RobertsRunaway Train

59th Academy Awards (1986)

Winner
Michael CaineHannah and Her Sisters
Nominees
Tom BerengerPlatoon
Willem DafoePlatoon
Denholm ElliottA Room with a View
Dennis HopperHoosiers

60th Academy Awards (1987)

Winner
Sean ConneryThe Untouchables
Nominees
Albert BrooksBroadcast News
Morgan FreemanStreet Smart
Vincent GardeniaMoonstruck
Denzel WashingtonCry Freedom

61st Academy Awards (1988)

Winner
Kevin KlineA Fish Called Wanda
Nominees
Alec GuinnessLittle Dorrit
Martin LandauTucker The Man and His Dream
River PhoenixRunning on Empty
Dean StockwellMarried to the Mob

62nd Academy Awards (1989)

Winner
Denzel WashingtonGlory
Nominees
Danny AielloDo the Right Thing
Dan AykroydDriving Miss Daisy
Marlon BrandoA Dry White Season
Martin LandauCrimes and Misdemeanors

1990s

63rd Academy Awards (1990)

Winner
Joe PesciGood Fellas
Nominees
Bruce DavisonLongtime Companion
Andy GarciaThe Godfather, Part III
Graham GreeneDances With Wolves
Al PacinoDick Tracy

64th Academy Awards (1991)

Winner
Jack PalanceCity Slickers
Nominees
Tommy Lee JonesJFK
Harvey KeitelBugsy
Ben KingsleyBugsy
Michael LernerBarton Fink

65th Academy Awards (1992)

Winner
Gene HackmanUnforgiven
Nominees
Jaye DavidsonThe Crying Game
Jack NicholsonA Few Good Men
Al PacinoGlengarry Glen Ross
David PaymerMr. Saturday Night

66th Academy Awards (1993)

Winner
Tommy Lee JonesThe Fugitive
Nominees
Leonardo DiCaprioWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape
Ralph FiennesSchindler's List
John MalkovichIn the Line of Fire
Pete PostlethwaiteIn the Name of the Father

67th Academy Awards (1994)

Winner
Martin LandauEd Wood
Nominees
Samuel L. JacksonPulp Fiction
Chazz PalminteriBullets over Broadway
Paul ScofieldQuiz Show
Gary SiniseForrest Gump

68th Academy Awards (1995)

Winner
Kevin SpaceyThe Usual Suspects
Nominees
James CromwellBabe
Ed HarrisApollo 13
Brad Pitt12 Monkeys
Tim RothRob Roy

69th Academy Awards (1996)

Winner
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Jerry Maguire
Nominees
William H. MacyFargo
Armin Mueller-StahlShine
Edward NortonPrimal Fear
James WoodsGhosts of Mississippi

70th Academy Awards (1997)

Winner
Robin WilliamsGood Will Hunting
Nominees
Robert ForsterJackie Brown
Anthony HopkinsAmistad
Greg KinnearAs Good as It Gets
Burt ReynoldsBoogie Nights

71st Academy Awards (1998)

Winner
James CoburnAffliction
Nominees
Robert DuvallA Civil Action
Ed HarrisThe Truman Show
Geoffrey RushShakespeare in Love
Billy Bob ThorntonA Simple Plan

72nd Academy Awards (1999)

Winner
Michael CaineThe Cider House Rules
Nominees
Tom CruiseMagnolia
Michael Clarke DuncanThe Green Mile
Jude LawThe Talented Mr. Ripley
Haley Joel OsmentThe Sixth Sense

2000s

73rd Academy Awards (2000)

Winner
Benicio Del ToroTraffic
Nominees
Jeff BridgesThe Contender
Willem DafoeShadow of the Vampire
Albert FinneyErin Brockovich
Joaquin PhoenixGladiator

74th Academy Awards (2001)

Winner
Jim BroadbentIris
Nominees
Ethan HawkeTraining Day
Ben KingsleySexy Beast
Ian McKellenThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jon VoightAli

75th Academy Awards (2002)

Winner
Chris CooperAdaptation
Nominees
Ed HarrisThe Hours
Paul NewmanRoad to Perdition
John C. ReillyChicago
Christopher WalkenCatch Me If You Can

76th Academy Awards (2003)

Winner
Tim RobbinsMystic River
Nominees
Alec BaldwinThe Cooler
Benicio Del Toro21 Grams
Djimon HounsouIn America
Ken WatanabeThe Last Samurai

77th Academy Awards (2004)

Winner
Morgan FreemanMillion Dollar Baby
Nominees
Alan AldaThe Aviator
Thomas Haden ChurchSideways
Jamie FoxxCollateral
Clive OwenCloser

78th Academy Awards (2005)

Winner
George ClooneySyriana
Nominees
Matt DillonCrash
Paul GiamattiCinderella Man
Jake GyllenhaalBrokeback Mountain
William HurtA History of Violence

79th Academy Awards (2006)

Winner
Alan ArkinLittle Miss Sunshine
Nominees
Jackie Earle HaleyLittle Children
Djimon HounsouBlood Diamond
Eddie MurphyDreamgirls
Mark WahlbergThe Departed

80th Academy Awards (2007)

Winner
Javier BardemNo Country for Old Men
Nominees
Casey AffleckThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Philip Seymour HoffmanCharlie Wilson's War
Hal HolbrookInto the Wild
Tom WilkinsonMichael Clayton

81st Academy Awards (2008)

Winner
Heath LedgerThe Dark Knight
Nominees
Josh BrolinMilk
Robert Downey Jr.Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour HoffmanDoubt
Michael ShannonRevolutionary Road

82nd Academy Awards (2009)

Winner
Christoph WaltzInglourious Basterds

2010s

Nominees
Matt DamonInvictus
Woody HarrelsonThe Messenger
Christopher PlummerThe Last Station
Stanley TucciThe Lovely Bones

83rd Academy Awards (2010)

Winner
Christian BaleThe Fighter
Nominees
John HawkesWinter's Bone
Jeremy RennerThe Town
Mark RuffaloThe Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey RushThe King's Speech

84th Academy Awards (2011)

Winner
Christopher PlummerBeginners
Nominees
Kenneth BranaghMy Week with Marilyn
Jonah HillMoneyball
Nick NolteWarrior
Max von SydowExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

85th Academy Awards (2012)

Winner
Christoph WaltzDjango Unchained
Nominees
Alan ArkinArgo
Robert De NiroSilver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master
Tommy Lee JonesLincoln

86th Academy Awards (2013)

Winner
Jared LetoDallas Buyers Club
Nominees
Barkhad AbdiCaptain Phillips
Bradley CooperAmerican Hustle
Michael Fassbender12 Years a Slave
Jonah HillThe Wolf of Wall Street

87th Academy Awards (2014)

Winner
J.K. SimmonsWhiplash
Nominees
Robert DuvallThe Judge
Ethan HawkeBoyhood
Edward NortonBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark RuffaloFoxcatcher

88th Academy Awards (2015)

Winner
Mark RylanceBridge of Spies
Nominees
Christian BaleThe Big Short
Tom HardyThe Revenant
Mark RuffaloSpotlight
Sylvester StalloneCreed

89th Academy Awards (2016)

Winner
Mahershala AliMoonlight
Nominees
Jeff BridgesHell or High Water
Lucas HedgesManchester by the Sea
Dev PatelLion
Michael ShannonNocturnal Animals

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