My Best Supporting Actress Winners and Nomineesby 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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
Onyeka Onwenu-Lionheart Millicent Simmonds-A Quiet Place Lucy Boynton-Bohemian Rhapsody Eve Plumb-Monsoon
Actress | The Looming Tower
The Good Catholic
Keala Settle-Greatest Showman Julia Roberts-Wonder Lindsay Duncan-Gifted Kelly MacDonald-Goodbye Christopher Robin
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 ...
Janelle Monáe-Hidden Figures Kylie Rogers-Miracles from Heaven Nicole Kidman-Lion Viola Davis-Fences
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 ...
Jennifer Jason Leigh-Hateful 8 Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs Marion Cottillard-Macbeth Olivia Cooke-Me and Earl and Dying Girl
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 ...
The Imitation Game
Naomi Watts-St Vincent Carmen Ejogo-Selma Anne Hathaway-Interstellar Octavia Spencer-Black or White
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.
Tasma Walton-Mystery Road Sally Hawkins-Blue Jasmine Allison Janney-The Way, Way Back Re Lee-Hope
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 ...
Sally Field-Lincoln Anna Camp-Pitch Perfect Kara Hayward-Moonrise Kingdom Geneviève Bujold-Still Mine
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 ...
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 ...
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).
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 ...
Evan Rachel Wood-The Wrestler Isla Fisher-Definitely Maybe Amy Adams-Doubt Elsa Zylberstein-I've Loved You So Long
14. Imelda Staunton
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
Nikki Reed-Thirteen Marcia Gay Harden-Mystic River Eileen Essell-Duplex Kirsten Dunst-Mona Lisa Smile
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
Actress | Maangamizi: The Ancient One
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 ...
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, ...
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).
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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...
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