My Best Supporting Actress Winners and Nominees

by AJMerz | created - 12 Dec 2019 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

These are the supporting actress performances that I feel were deserving of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar from each year. The winners for each year are pictured with the nominees in the notes. From 1988 and back, the best performances of the decade will be pictured/noted.

1. Yuh-Jung Youn

Actress | Minari

Beloved by audiences around the world, Youn Yuh-Jung's a legendary actress who has starred in many of Korea's most revered films & TV shows in a career that spans 5 decades. After winning Korea's Blue Dragon Award for best actress in her film debut as the country girl turned femme fatale in 1971's ...

2020 Minari

Lúcia Moniz-Fatima Helena Zengel-News of the World Tracee Ellis Ross-The High Note Olivia Coleman-The Father

2. Shuzhen Zhao

Actress | The Farewell

Shuzhen Zhao was born in 1943 in China. She is an actress, known for The Farewell (2019), The Story of Ming Lan (2018) and Only Cloud Knows (2019).

2019 The Farewell

Darci Shaw-Judy Gail Cronauer-The Vast of Night Scarlet Johannsen-Jojo Rabbit Farrukh Jaffar-Photograph

3. Claire Foy

Actress | First Man

Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied acting at the Liverpool John Moores University and the Oxford School of Drama and made her screen debut in the pilot of the supernatural comedy series Being Human, in 2008. Following her professional stage debut at the ...

2018 First Man

Onyeka Onwenu-Lionheart Millicent Simmonds-A Quiet Place Lucy Boynton-Bohemian Rhapsody Eve Plumb-Monsoon

4. Wrenn Schmidt

Actress | The Looming Tower

Wrenn Schmidt was born on February 18, 1983 in Lexington, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for The Looming Tower (2018), I Saw the Light (2015) and For All Mankind (2019).

2017 The Good Catholic

Keala Settle-Greatest Showman Julia Roberts-Wonder Lindsay Duncan-Gifted Kelly MacDonald-Goodbye Christopher Robin

5. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

2016 Suicide Squad

Janelle Monáe-Hidden Figures Kylie Rogers-Miracles from Heaven Nicole Kidman-Lion Viola Davis-Fences

6. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

2015 Cinderella

Jennifer Jason Leigh-Hateful 8 Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs Marion Cottillard-Macbeth Olivia Cooke-Me and Earl and Dying Girl

7. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

2014 The Imitation Game

Naomi Watts-St Vincent Carmen Ejogo-Selma Anne Hathaway-Interstellar Octavia Spencer-Black or White

8. Agata Kulesza

Actress | Ida

Agata Kulesza was born on September 27, 1971 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. She is an actress and writer, known for Ida (2013), Cold War (2018) and Suicide Room (2011). She was previously married to Marcin Figurski.

2013 Ida

Tasma Walton-Mystery Road Sally Hawkins-Blue Jasmine Allison Janney-The Way, Way Back Re Lee-Hope

9. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

2012 Les Miserables

Sally Field-Lincoln Anna Camp-Pitch Perfect Kara Hayward-Moonrise Kingdom Geneviève Bujold-Still Mine

10. Bryce Dallas Howard

Actress | Jurassic World

Bryce Dallas Howard was born on March 2, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. She was conceived in Dallas, Texas (the reason for her middle name). Her father, Ron Howard, is a former actor turned Oscar-winning director. Her mother is actress and writer Cheryl Howard (née Alley). Her famous relatives ...

2011 The Help

Bérénice Bejo-The Artist Octavia Spencer-The Help Jessica Chastain-Tree of Life Sareh Bayat-A Separation

11. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

2010 True Grit

Olivia Williams-Ghost Writer Nia Long-Mooz Lum Mélusine Mayance-Sarah’s Key Melissa Leo-The Fighter

12. Sofia Vassilieva

Actress | The Little Things

Sofia Vassilieva was born on October 22, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Sofia Vladimirovna Vassilieva. She is an actress, known for The Little Things (2021), Looking for Alaska (2019) and My Sister's Keeper (2009).

2009 My Sister's Keeper

Rosamund Pike-An Education Jane Lynch-Julia & Julia Marion Cotillard-Public Enemies Penelope Cruz-Nine

13. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

2008 The Wrestler

Evan Rachel Wood-The Wrestler Isla Fisher-Definitely Maybe Amy Adams-Doubt Elsa Zylberstein-I've Loved You So Long

14. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Vera Drake (2004) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). She has been married to Jim Carter since October ...

2007 Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix

Leslie Mann-Knocked Up Tilda Swinton-Michael Clayton Ruby Dee-American Gangster Emily Mortimer-Lars & Real Girl

15. Naomie Harris

Actress | 28 Days Later...

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Elizabeth Banks-Invincible Abigail Breslin-Little Miss Sunshine Emily Blunt-Devil Wears Prada Thandie Newton-Pursuit of Happyness

16. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington D.C., USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

2005 Hustle & Flow Dakota Fanning-War of the Worlds Ginnifer Goodwin-Walk the Line Tilda Swinton-Chronicles of Narnia Jennifer Carpenter-The Exorcism Emily Rose

17. Maia Morgenstern

Actress | The Passion of the Christ

Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she ...

2004 Passion of the Christ

Cate Blanchett-The Aviator Irma P Hall-Ladykillers Julie Christie-Finding Neverland Jacinda Barrett-Ladder 49

18. Holly Hunter

Actress | The Piano

Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first...

2003 Thirteen

Nikki Reed-Thirteen Marcia Gay Harden-Mystic River Eileen Essell-Duplex Kirsten Dunst-Mona Lisa Smile

19. Dagmara Dominczyk

Actress | The Count of Monte Cristo

Dagmara Dominczyk was born on July 17, 1976 in Kielce, Swietokrzyskie, Poland. She is an actress, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), They (2002) and Rock Star (2001). She has been married to Patrick Wilson since June 18, 2005. They have two children.

2002 Count of Monte Cristo

Kimberly Elise-John Q Linda Cardellini-Scooby Doo Miranda Otto-Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Romola Garai-Nicholas Nickleby

20. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

2001 A Beautiful Mind

Julie Andrews-The Princess Diaries Hiep Thi Le-Green Dragon Laurie Holden-The Majestic Maggie Smith-Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone

21. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Yi dai zong shi

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Connie Nielsen-Gladiator Marisa Tomei-What Woman Want Carrie Anne Moss-Memento Lena Olin-Chocolat

22. Embeth Davidtz

Actress | Old

Embeth Davidtz was born on August 11, 1965 in Lafayette, Indiana. She is known for her role as Miss Honey in the film Matilda (1996).

Her parents, Jean and John Davidtz, were South Africans, with Dutch, English, and French ancestry. The family moved to Trenton, New Jersey, before returning to her ...

1999 Bicentennial Man Missi Pyle-Galaxy Quest Toni Colette-The Sixth Sense Sarah Michelle Gellar-Cruel Intentions Rebecca Pidgeon-The Winslow Boy

23. Laura Linney

Actress | The Big C

Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...

1998 The Truman Show

Joan Allen-Pleasantville Kathy Bates-The Waterboy Jena Malone-Stepmom Claire Forlani-Meet Joe Black

24. Gloria Stuart

Actress | Titanic

Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...

1997 Titanic

Minnie Driver-Good Will Hunting Cameron Diaz-Best Friend’s Wedding Anne Harvey-Liar Liar Uma Thurman-Gattaca

25. Alice Krige

Actress | Star Trek: First Contact

Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom ...

1996 Star Trek: First Contact

Gwen Verdon-Marvin's Room Pam Ferris-Matilda Irma P. Hall-A Family Thing Joan Allen-Crucible

26. Kate Winslet

Actress | Revolutionary Road

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

1995 Sense and Sensibility

Kathleen Quinlan-Apollo 13 Harriet Walter-Sense and Sensibility Elizabeth Spriggs-Sense and Sensibility Sophie Marceau-Braveheart

27. Robin Wright

Actress | Forrest Gump

Robin Gayle Wright was born in Dallas, Texas, to Gayle (Gaston), a national director at Mary Kay, and Freddie Wright, a pharmaceutical executive. She grew up in San Diego, California. She started her professional career as a model in 1980 at age 14, and worked both in Paris and Japan. After ...

1994 Forrest Gump

Trini Alvarado-Little Women Jennifer Jason Leigh-Hudsucker Proxy Helena Bonham Carter-Frankenstein Sarah Peirse-Heavenly Creatures

28. Darlene Cates

Actress | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Cates' acting career ignited after she appeared on an episode of Sally Jessy Raphael (1983), titled "Too Heavy to Leave Their House". Shortly after, author and screenwriter Peter Hedges proposed to her that she play Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's morbidly obese and housebound mother in What's ...

1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Joan Cusack-Adams Family Values Kathy Najimy-Hocus Pocus Sally Field-Mrs. Doubtfire Maggie Smith-The Secret Garden

29. Lori Petty

Actress | Tank Girl

After this feisty, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from the norm with a prime role as new owner Bud Cort's female friend in the bizarre mini-movie Bates Motel (1987). This rather inauspicious beginning would also set ...

1992 A League of Their Own

Madonna-A League of Their Own Marisa Tomei-My Cousin Vinny Emily Lloyd-A River Runs Through It Geraldine Chaplin-Chaplin

30. Barbarao

Actress | Maangamizi: The Ancient One

Barbarao is known for her work on Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001), The Quest (1976) and Bush Mama (1979).

1991 Daughters of the Dust

Kaycee Moore-Daughters of Dust Geena Davis-Thelma & Louise Ewa Fröling-Oxen He Saifei-Raise the Red Lantern

31. Mary McDonnell

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles, as well as a long history of stage and film roles.

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John ...

1990 Dances with Wolves

Whoopi Goldberg-Ghost Pamela Reed-Kindergarten Cop Joan Plowright-Avalon Dianne Wiest-Edward Scissorhands

32. Margaret Whitton

Actress | Major League

Brassy blonde actress Margaret Whitton was born on November 30, 1949, at Fort Meade, a U.S. Army base in the suburbs of Baltimore. Her father being an Army colonel and mother a nurse, there was much traveling in Margaret's early life and she spent her early years in Japan. Returning to the states, ...

1989 Major League

Shirley MacLaine-Steel Magnolias Olympia Dukakis-Dad Karen Malina White-Lean on Me Mary Stuart Masterson-Immediate Family

33. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA as Orpah Gail Winfrey. She is a producer and actress, known for The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and A Wrinkle in Time (2018).

1980-1988 The Color Purple

Ally Sheedy-The Breakfast Club Margaret Avery-The Color Purple Jane Fonda-On Golden Pond Sandra Bernhard-King of Comedy Tess Harper-Tender Mercies Jessica Lange-Tootsie Glenne Headly-Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Catherine O’Hara-Beetlejuice Anne Ramsey-Throw Momma From the Train

34. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...

1970-1979 Kramer vs Kramer

Faye Dunaway-Little Big Man Marisa Berenson-Barry Lyndon Dyan Cannon-Heaven Can Wait Jane Alexander-All the President's Men Vivian Pickles-Harold & Maude Ingrid Bergman-Murder on the Orient Express Piper Laurie-Carrie Julie Dawn-Willy Wonka Liv Ullmann-Autumn Sonata

35. Patty Duke

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's ...

1960-1969 The Miracle Worker

Shirley Jones-Elmer Gantry Peggy Wood-Sound of Music Lee Grant-In the Heat of the Night Ruth Gordon-Rosemary's Baby Joan Blondell-Cincinatti Kid Lilia Skala-Lillies of the Field Angela Lansbury-The Manchurian Candidate Beah Richards-Guess Whose Coming to Dinner? Donna Anderson-Inherit the Wind

36. Jo Van Fleet

Actress | East of Eden

Jo Van Fleet was born on December 29, 1915 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to ...

1950-1959 East of Eden

Kim Hunter-A Streetcar Named Desire Eva Marie Saint-On the Waterfront Thelma Ritter-All About Eve Betsy Blair-Marty Rosemary Clooney-White Christmas Josephine Hull-Harvey Marlene Dietrich-Witness for the Prosecution Debbie Reynolds-Singin in the Rain Shelly Winters-Diary of Anne Frank

37. Jane Darwell

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Missouri-born Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodard, the daughter of William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen (Booth) Woodard, in Palmyra, Missouri, where she grew up on a ranch . She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her ...

1940-1949 The Grapes of Wrath

Susan Hayward-Adam Had Four Sons Helen Westley-Adam Had Four Sons Mercedes McCambridge-All the King's Men Jean Simmons-Hamlet Alida Valli-The Third Man Celeste Holm-Gentleman’s Agreement Jane Wyman-The Lost Weekend Anne Revere-Song of Bernadette Agnes Moorehead-The Magnificent Ambersons

38. Margaret Hamilton

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Margaret Hamilton was born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several...

1930-1939 The Wizard of Oz

Hattie McDaniel-Gone With the Wind Olivia de Havilland-Gone With the Wind Bonita Granville-These Three Geraldine Fitzgerald-Wuthering Heights

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