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Viola Davis, winner 2016.

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

Throughout the past 76 years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, AMPAS has presented a total of 76 Best Supporting Actress awards to 74 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 Octavia Spencer, who was honored at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony (2012) for her performance in The Help.

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, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress constitute the four Academy Awards of Merit for acting annually presented by AMPAS.

Nominees and winners

Best Supporting Actress By Decade

1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s

9th Academy Awards (1936)

Winner
Gale SondergaardAnthony Adverse
Nominees
Beulah BondiThe Gorgeous Hussy
Alice BradyMy Man Godfrey
Bonita GranvilleThese Three
Maria OuspenskayaDodsworth

10th Academy Awards (1937)

Winner
Alice BradyIn Old Chicago
Nominees
Andrea LeedsStage Door
Anne ShirleyStella Dallas
Claire TrevorDead End
Dame May WhittyNight Must Fall

11th Academy Awards (1938)

Winner
Fay BainterJezebel
Nominees
Beulah BondiOf Human Hearts
Billie BurkeMerrily We Live
Spring ByingtonYou Can't Take It with You
Miliza KorjusThe Great Waltz

12th Academy Awards (1939)

Winner
Hattie McDanielGone with the Wind
Nominees
Olivia de HavillandGone with the Wind
Geraldine FitzgeraldWuthering Heights
Edna May OliverDrums along the Mohawk
Maria OuspenskayaLove Affair

1940s

13th Academy Awards (1940)

Winner
Jane DarwellThe Grapes of Wrath
Nominees
Judith AndersonRebecca
Ruth HusseyThe Philadelphia Story
Barbara O'NeilAll This, and Heaven Too
Marjorie RambeauPrimrose Path

14th Academy Awards (1941)

Winner
Mary AstorThe Great Lie
Nominees
Sara AllgoodHow Green Was My Valley
Patricia CollingeThe Little Foxes
Teresa WrightThe Little Foxes
Margaret WycherlySergeant York

15th Academy Awards (1942)

Winner
Teresa WrightMrs. Miniver
Nominees
Gladys CooperNow, Voyager
Agnes MooreheadThe Magnificent Ambersons
Susan PetersRandom Harvest
Dame May WhittyMrs. Miniver

16th Academy Awards (1943)

Winner
Katina PaxinouFor Whom the Bell Tolls
Nominees
Gladys CooperThe Song of Bernadette
Paulette GoddardSo Proudly We Hail!
Anne RevereThe Song of Bernadette
Lucile WatsonWatch on the Rhine

17th Academy Awards (1944)

Winner
Ethel BarrymoreNone but the Lonely Heart
Nominees
Jennifer JonesSince You Went Away
Angela LansburyGaslight
Aline MacMahonDragon Seed
Agnes MooreheadMrs. Parkington

18th Academy Awards (1945)

Winner
Anne RevereNational Velvet
Nominees
Eve ArdenMildred Pierce
Ann BlythMildred Pierce
Angela LansburyThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Joan LorringThe Corn Is Green

19th Academy Awards (1946)

Winner
Anne BaxterThe Razor's Edge
Nominees
Ethel BarrymoreThe Spiral Staircase
Lillian GishDuel in the Sun
Flora RobsonSaratoga Trunk
Gale SondergaardAnna and the King of Siam

20th Academy Awards (1947)

Winner
Celeste HolmGentleman's Agreement
Nominees
Ethel BarrymoreThe Paradine Case
Gloria GrahameCrossfire
Marjorie MainThe Egg and I
Anne RevereGentleman's Agreement

21st Academy Awards (1948)

Winner
Claire TrevorKey Largo
Nominees
Barbara Bel GeddesI Remember Mama
Ellen CorbyI Remember Mama
Agnes MooreheadJohnny Belinda
Jean SimmonsHamlet

22nd Academy Awards (1949)

Winner
Mercedes McCambridgeAll the King's Men
Nominees
Ethel BarrymorePinky
Celeste HolmCome to the Stable
Elsa LanchesterCome to the Stable
Ethel WatersPinky

1950s

23rd Academy Awards (1950)

Winner
Josephine HullHarvey
Nominees
Hope EmersonCaged
Celeste HolmAll about Eve
Nancy OlsonSunset Blvd.
Thelma RitterAll about Eve

24th Academy Awards (1951)

Winner
Kim HunterA Streetcar Named Desire
Nominees
Joan BlondellThe Blue Veil
Mildred DunnockDeath of a Salesman
Lee GrantDetective Story
Thelma RitterThe Mating Season

25th Academy Awards (1952)

Winner
Gloria GrahameThe Bad and the Beautiful
Nominees
Jean HagenSingin' in the Rain
Colette MarchandMoulin Rouge
Terry MooreCome Back, Little Sheba
Thelma RitterWith a Song in My Heart

26th Academy Awards (1953)

Winner
Donna ReedFrom Here to Eternity
Nominees
Grace KellyMogambo
Geraldine PageHondo
Marjorie RambeauTorch Song
Thelma RitterPickup on South Street

27th Academy Awards (1954)

Winner
Eva Marie SaintOn the Waterfront
Nominees
Nina FochExecutive Suite
Katy JuradoBroken Lance
Jan SterlingThe High and the Mighty
Claire TrevorThe High and the Mighty

28th Academy Awards (1955)

Winner
Jo Van FleetEast of Eden
Nominees
Betsy BlairMarty
Peggy LeePete Kelly's Blues
Marisa PavanThe Rose Tattoo
Natalie WoodRebel without a Cause

29th Academy Awards (1956)

Winner
Dorothy MaloneWritten on the Wind
Nominees
Mildred DunnockBaby Doll
Eileen HeckartThe Bad Seed
Mercedes McCambridgeGiant
Patty McCormackThe Bad Seed

30th Academy Awards (1957)

Winner
Miyoshi UmekiSayonara
Nominees
Carolyn JonesThe Bachelor Party
Elsa LanchesterWitness for the Prosecution
Hope LangePeyton Place
Diane VarsiPeyton Place

31st Academy Awards (1958)

Winner
Wendy HillerSeparate Tables
Nominees
Peggy CassAuntie Mame
Martha HyerSome Came Running
Maureen StapletonLonelyhearts
Cara WilliamsThe Defiant Ones

32nd Academy Awards (1959)

Winner
Shelley WintersThe Diary of Anne Frank
Nominees
Hermione BaddeleyRoom at the Top
Susan KohnerImitation of Life
Juanita MooreImitation of Life
Thelma RitterPillow Talk

1960s

33rd Academy Awards (1960)

Winner
Shirley JonesElmer Gantry
Nominees
Glynis JohnsThe Sundowners
Shirley KnightThe Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Janet LeighPsycho
Mary UreSons and Lovers

34th Academy Awards (1961)

Winner
Rita MorenoWest Side Story
Nominees
Fay BainterThe Children's Hour
Judy GarlandJudgment at Nuremberg
Lotte LenyaThe Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Una MerkelSummer and Smoke

35th Academy Awards (1962)

Winner
Patty DukeThe Miracle Worker
Nominees
Mary BadhamTo Kill a Mockingbird
Shirley KnightSweet Bird of Youth
Angela LansburyThe Manchurian Candidate
Thelma RitterBirdman of Alcatraz

36th Academy Awards (1963)

Winner
Margaret RutherfordThe V.I.P.s
Nominees
Diane CilentoTom Jones
Dame Edith EvansTom Jones
Joyce RedmanTom Jones
Lilia SkalaLilies of the Field

37th Academy Awards (1964)

Winner
Lila KedrovaZorba the Greek
Nominees
Gladys CooperMy Fair Lady
Dame Edith EvansThe Chalk Garden
Grayson HallThe Night of the Iguana
Agnes MooreheadHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

38th Academy Awards (1965)

Winner
Shelley WintersA Patch of Blue
Nominees
Ruth GordonInside Daisy Clover
Joyce RedmanOthello
Maggie SmithOthello
Peggy WoodThe Sound of Music

39th Academy Awards (1966)

Winner
Sandy DennisWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nominees
Wendy HillerA Man for All Seasons
Jocelyne LagardeHawaii
Vivien MerchantAlfie
Geraldine PageYou're a Big Boy Now

40th Academy Awards (1967)

Winner
Estelle ParsonsBonnie and Clyde
Nominees
Carol ChanningThoroughly Modern Millie
Mildred NatwickBarefoot in the Park
Beah RichardsGuess Who's Coming to Dinner
Katharine RossThe Graduate

41st Academy Awards (1968)

Winner
Ruth GordonRosemary's Baby
Nominees
Lynn CarlinFaces
Sondra LockeThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Kay MedfordFunny Girl
Estelle ParsonsRachel, Rachel

42nd Academy Awards (1969)

Winner
Goldie HawnCactus Flower
Nominees
Catherine BurnsLast Summer
Dyan CannonBob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Sylvia MilesMidnight Cowboy
Susannah YorkThey Shoot Horses, Don't They?

1970s

43rd Academy Awards (1970)

Winner
Helen HayesAirport
Nominees
Karen BlackFive Easy Pieces
Lee GrantThe Landlord
Sally KellermanM*A*S*H
Maureen StapletonAirport

44th Academy Awards (1971)

Winner
Cloris LeachmanThe Last Picture Show
Nominees
Ann-MargretCarnal Knowledge
Ellen BurstynThe Last Picture Show
Barbara HarrisWho Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me?
Margaret LeightonThe Go-Between

45th Academy Awards (1972)

Winner
Eileen HeckartButterflies Are Free
Nominees
Jeannie BerlinThe Heartbreak Kid
Geraldine PagePete 'n' Tillie
Susan TyrrellFat City
Shelley WintersThe Poseidon Adventure

46th Academy Awards (1973)

Winner
Tatum O'NealPaper Moon
Nominees
Linda BlairThe Exorcist
Candy ClarkAmerican Graffiti
Madeline KahnPaper Moon
Sylvia SidneySummer Wishes, Winter Dreams

47th Academy Awards (1974)

Winner
Ingrid BergmanMurder on the Orient Express
Nominees
Valentina CorteseDay for Night
Madeline KahnBlazing Saddles
Diane LaddAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Talia ShireThe Godfather Part II

48th Academy Awards (1975)

Winner
Lee GrantShampoo
Nominees
Ronee BlakleyNashville
Sylvia MilesFarewell, My Lovely
Lily TomlinNashville
Brenda VaccaroJacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough

49th Academy Awards (1976)

Winner
Beatrice StraightNetwork
Nominees
Jane AlexanderAll the President's Men
Jodie FosterTaxi Driver
Lee GrantVoyage of the Damned
Piper LaurieCarrie

50th Academy Awards (1977)

Winner
Vanessa RedgraveJulia
Nominees
Leslie BrowneThe Turning Point
Quinn CummingsThe Goodbye Girl
Melinda DillonClose Encounters of the Third Kind
Tuesday WeldLooking for Mr. Goodbar

51st Academy Awards (1978)

Winner
Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite
Nominees
Dyan CannonHeaven Can Wait
Penelope MilfordComing Home
Maureen StapletonInteriors
Meryl StreepThe Deer Hunter

52nd Academy Awards (1979)

Winner
Meryl StreepKramer vs. Kramer
Nominees
Jane AlexanderKramer vs. Kramer
Barbara BarrieBreaking Away
Candice BergenStarting Over
Mariel HemingwayManhattan

1980s

53rd Academy Awards (1980)

Winner
Mary SteenburgenMelvin and Howard
Nominees
Eileen BrennanPrivate Benjamin
Eva Le GallienneResurrection
Cathy MoriartyRaging Bull
Diana ScarwidInside Moves

54th Academy Awards (1981)

Winner
Maureen StapletonReds
Nominees
Melinda DillonAbsence of Malice
Jane FondaOn Golden Pond
Joan HackettOnly When I Laugh
Elizabeth McGovernRagtime

55th Academy Awards (1982)

Winner
Jessica LangeTootsie
Nominees
Glenn CloseThe World According to Garp
Teri GarrTootsie
Kim StanleyFrances
Lesley Ann WarrenVictor/Victoria

56th Academy Awards (1983)

Winner
Linda HuntThe Year of Living Dangerously
Nominees
CherSilkwood
Glenn CloseThe Big Chill
Amy IrvingYentl
Alfre WoodardCross Creek

57th Academy Awards (1984)

Winner
Peggy AshcroftA Passage to India
Nominees
Glenn CloseThe Natural
Lindsay CrousePlaces in the Heart
Christine LahtiSwing Shift
Geraldine PageThe Pope of Greenwich Village

58th Academy Awards (1985)

Winner
Anjelica HustonPrizzi's Honor
Nominees
Margaret AveryThe Color Purple
Amy MadiganTwice in a Lifetime
Meg TillyAgnes of God
Oprah WinfreyThe Color Purple

59th Academy Awards (1986)

Winner
Dianne WiestHannah and Her Sisters
Nominees
Tess HarperCrimes of the Heart
Piper LaurieChildren of a Lesser God
Mary Elizabeth MastrantonioThe Color of Money
Maggie SmithA Room with a View

60th Academy Awards (1987)

Winner
Olympia DukakisMoonstruck
Nominees
Norma AleandroGaby - A True Story
Anne ArcherFatal Attraction
Anne RamseyThrow Momma from the Train
Ann SothernThe Whales of August

61st Academy Awards (1988)

Winner
Geena DavisThe Accidental Tourist
Nominees
Joan CusackWorking Girl
Frances McDormandMississippi Burning
Michelle PfeifferDangerous Liaisons
Sigourney WeaverWorking Girl

62nd Academy Awards (1989)

Winner
Brenda FrickerMy Left Foot
Nominees
Anjelica HustonEnemies, A Love Story
Lena OlinEnemies, A Love Story
Julia RobertsSteel Magnolias
Dianne WiestParenthood

1990s

63rd Academy Awards (1990)

Winner
Whoopi GoldbergGhost
Nominees
Annette BeningThe Grifters
Lorraine BraccoGood Fellas
Diane LaddWild at Heart
Mary McDonnellDances With Wolves

64th Academy Awards (1991)

Winner
Mercedes RuehlThe Fisher King
Nominees
Diane LaddRambling Rose
Juliette LewisCape Fear
Kate NelliganThe Prince of Tides
Jessica TandyFried Green Tomatoes

65th Academy Awards (1992)

Winner
Marisa TomeiMy Cousin Vinny
Nominees
Judy DavisHusbands and Wives
Joan PlowrightEnchanted April
Vanessa RedgraveHowards End
Miranda RichardsonDamage

66th Academy Awards (1993)

Winner
Anna PaquinThe Piano
Nominees
Holly HunterThe Firm
Rosie PerezFearless
Winona RyderThe Age of Innocence
Emma ThompsonIn the Name of the Father

67th Academy Awards (1994)

Winner
Dianne WiestBullets over Broadway
Nominees
Rosemary HarrisTom & Viv
Helen MirrenThe Madness of King George
Uma ThurmanPulp Fiction
Jennifer TillyBullets over Broadway

68th Academy Awards (1995)

Winner
Mira SorvinoMighty Aphrodite
Nominees
Joan AllenNixon
Kathleen QuinlanApollo 13
Mare WinninghamGeorgia
Kate WinsletSense and Sensibility

69th Academy Awards (1996)

Winner
Juliette BinocheThe English Patient
Nominees
Joan AllenThe Crucible
Lauren BacallThe Mirror Has Two Faces
Barbara HersheyThe Portrait of a Lady
Marianne Jean-BaptisteSecrets & Lies

70th Academy Awards (1997)

Winner
Kim BasingerL.A. Confidential
Nominees
Joan CusackIn & Out
Minnie DriverGood Will Hunting
Julianne MooreBoogie Nights
Gloria StuartTitanic

71st Academy Awards (1998)

Winner
Judi DenchShakespeare in Love
Nominees
Kathy BatesPrimary Colors
Brenda BlethynLittle Voice
Rachel GriffithsHilary and Jackie
Lynn RedgraveGods and Monsters

72nd Academy Awards (1999)

Winner
Angelina JolieGirl, Interrupted
Nominees
Toni ColletteThe Sixth Sense
Catherine KeenerBeing John Malkovich
Samantha MortonSweet and Lowdown
Chloë SevignyBoys Don't Cry

2000s

73rd Academy Awards (2000)

Winner
Marcia Gay HardenPollock
Nominees
Judi DenchChocolat
Kate HudsonAlmost Famous
Frances McDormandAlmost Famous
Julie WaltersBilly Elliot

74th Academy Awards (2001)

Winner
Jennifer ConnellyA Beautiful Mind
Nominees
Helen MirrenGosford Park
Maggie SmithGosford Park
Marisa TomeiIn the Bedroom
Kate WinsletIris

75th Academy Awards (2002)

Winner
Catherine Zeta-JonesChicago
Nominees
Kathy BatesAbout Schmidt
Julianne MooreThe Hours
Queen LatifahChicago
Meryl StreepAdaptation

76th Academy Awards (2003)

Winner
Renée ZellwegerCold Mountain
Nominees
Shohreh AghdashlooHouse of Sand and Fog
Patricia ClarksonPieces of April
Marcia Gay HardenMystic River
Holly HunterThirteen

77th Academy Awards (2004)

Winner
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Nominees
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Sophie OkonedoHotel Rwanda
Natalie PortmanCloser

78th Academy Awards (2005)

Winner
Rachel WeiszThe Constant Gardener
Nominees
Amy AdamsJunebug
Catherine KeenerCapote
Frances McDormandNorth Country
Michelle WilliamsBrokeback Mountain

79th Academy Awards (2006)

Winner
Jennifer HudsonDreamgirls
Nominees
Adriana BarrazaBabel
Cate BlanchettNotes on a Scandal
Abigail BreslinLittle Miss Sunshine
Rinko KikuchiBabel

80th Academy Awards (2007)

Winner
Tilda SwintonMichael Clayton
Nominees
Cate BlanchettI'm Not There
Ruby DeeAmerican Gangster
Saoirse RonanAtonement
Amy RyanGone Baby Gone

81st Academy Awards (2008)

Winner
Penélope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona
Nominees
Amy AdamsDoubt
Viola DavisDoubt
Taraji P. HensonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa TomeiThe Wrestler

82nd Academy Awards (2009)

Winner
Mo'NiquePrecious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Nominees
Penélope CruzNine
Vera FarmigaUp in the Air
Maggie GyllenhaalCrazy Heart
Anna KendrickUp in the Air

2010s

83rd Academy Awards (2010)

Winner
Melissa LeoThe Fighter
Nominees
Amy AdamsThe Fighter
Helena Bonham CarterThe King's Speech
Hailee SteinfeldTrue Grit
Jacki WeaverAnimal Kingdom

84th Academy Awards (2011)

Winner
Octavia SpencerThe Help
Nominees
Bérénice BejoThe Artist
Jessica ChastainThe Help
Melissa McCarthyBridesmaids
Janet McTeerAlbert Nobbs

85th Academy Awards (2012)

Winner
Anne HathawayLes Misérables
Nominees
Amy AdamsThe Master
Sally FieldLincoln
Helen HuntThe Sessions
Jacki WeaverSilver Linings Playbook

86th Academy Awards (2013)

Winner
Lupita Nyong'o12 Years a Slave
Nominees
Sally HawkinsBlue Jasmine
Jennifer LawrenceAmerican Hustle
Julia RobertsAugust: Osage County
June SquibbNebraska

87th Academy Awards (2014)

Winner
Patricia ArquetteBoyhood
Nominees
Laura DernWild
Keira KnightleyThe Imitation Game
Emma StoneBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl StreepInto the Woods

88th Academy Awards (2015)

Winner
Alicia VikanderThe Danish Girl
Nominees
Jennifer Jason LeighThe Hateful Eight
Rooney MaraCarol
Rachel McAdamsSpotlight
Kate WinsletSteve Jobs

89th Academy Awards (2017)

Winner
Viola DavisFences
Nominees
Naomie HarrisMoonlight
Nicole KidmanLion
Octavia SpencerHidden Figures
Michelle WilliamsManchester by the Sea

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