Two years after John Ireland
(“All the King’s Men
”) became the first supporting Oscar nominee to deliver a longer performance than a lead nominee from the same film (Broderick Crawford
) in 1949, Kim Hunter
(“A Streetcar Named Desire
”) did the same versus Marlon Brando
. Since then, nine more Best Supporting Actress nominees have had higher screen time totals than a co-star nominated in a lead rce. Here is a look at each instance, in order from lowest screen time difference to highest.
1961: Mary Ure
(“Sons and Lovers
”) – 21 minutes, 4 seconds
0 minutes, 50 seconds over Trevor Howard
Although she is absent from nearly all of the first half of “Sons and Lovers
,” Ure still manages to appear in over 20% of the film. Up to that point, less than half of all Best Supporting Actress-nominated performances had reached that mark. Howard’s performance, on the other hand, did not reach that percentage, but he received a lead nomination regardless.