OSCAR HISTORY: Best Supporting Actress

A supporting performance can be many things ... the ones that usually end up winning the Academy Award are ones that stand out amongst a crowd of other performances, contributing to the whole that made a successful motion picture. These were the supporting actress performances that the Academy has chosen since the supporting acting Oscars were given beginning in 1936.


2019: Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY     (View Acceptance Speech)
2018: Regina King in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK     (View Acceptance Speech)
2017: Allison Janney in I, TONYA     (View Acceptance Speech)
2016: Viola Davis in FENCES     (View Acceptance Speech)
2015: Alicia Vikander in THE DANISH GIRL     (View Acceptance Speech)
2014: Patricia Arquette in BOYHOOD     (View Acceptance Speech)
2013: Lupita Nyong'o in 12 YEARS A SLAVE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2012: Anne Hathaway in LES MISERABLES     (View Acceptance Speech)
2011: Octavia Spencer in THE HELP     (View Acceptance Speech)
2010: Melissa Leo in THE FIGHTER     (View Acceptance Speech)
2009: MoNique in PRECIOUS     (View Acceptance Speech)
2008: Penelope Cruz in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA     (View Acceptance Speech)
2007: Tilda Swinton in MICHAEL CLAYTON     (View Acceptance Speech)
2006: Jennifer Hudson in DREAMGIRLS     (View Acceptance Speech)
2005: Rachel Weisz in THE CONSTANT GARDENER     (View Acceptance Speech)
2004: Cate Blanchett in THE AVIATOR     (View Acceptance Speech)
2003: Renee Zellweger in COLD MOUNTAIN     (View Acceptance Speech)
2002: Catherine Zeta-Jones in CHICAGO     (View Acceptance Speech)
2001: Jennifer Connelly in A BEAUTIFUL MIND     (View Acceptance Speech)
2000: Marcia Gay Harden in POLLOCK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1999: Angelina Jolie in GIRL, INTERRUPTED     (View Acceptance Speech)
1998: Judi Dench in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1997: Kim Basinger in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL     (View Acceptance Speech)
1996: Juliette Binoche in THE ENGLISH PATIENT     (View Acceptance Speech)
1995: Mira Sorvino in MIGHTY APHRODITE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1994: Dianne Wiest in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1993: Anna Paquin in THE PIANO     (View Acceptance Speech)
1992: Marisa Tomei in MY COUSIN VINNY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1991: Mercedes Ruehl in THE FISHER KING     (View Acceptance Speech)
1990: Whoopi Goldberg in GHOST     (View Acceptance Speech)
1989: Brenda Fricker in MY LEFT FOOT     (View Acceptance Speech)
1988: Geena Davis in THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST     (View Acceptance Speech)
1987: Olympia Dukakis in MOONSTRUCK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1986: Dianne Wiest in HANNAH AND HER SISTERS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1985: Anjelica Huston in PRIZZI'S HONOR     (View Acceptance Speech)
1984: Peggy Ashcroft in A PASSAGE TO INDIA     (View Film Trailer)
1983: Linda Hunt in THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1982: Jessica Lange in TOOTSIE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1981: Maureen Stapleton in REDS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1980: Mary Steenburgen in MELVIN AND HOWARD     (View Acceptance Speech)
1979: Meryl Streep in KRAMER VS. KRAMER     (View Acceptance Speech)
1978: Maggie Smith in CALIFORNIA SUITE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1977: Vanessa Redgrave in JULIA     (View Acceptance Speech)
1976: Beatrice Straight in NETWORK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1975: Lee Grant in SHAMPOO     (View Acceptance Speech)
1974: Ingrid Bergman in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1973: Tatum ONeal in PAPER MOON     (View Acceptance Speech)
1972: Eileen Heckart in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1971: Cloris Leachman in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW     (View Acceptance Speech)
1970: Helen Hayes in AIRPORT     (View Film Clip)
1969: Goldie Hawn in CACTUS FLOWER     (View Film Trailer)
1968: Ruth Gordon in ROSEMARY'S BABY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1967: Estelle Parsons in BONNIE AND CLYDE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1966: Sandy Dennis in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?     (View Screen Test)
1964: Lila Kedrova in ZORBA THE GREEK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1963: Margaret Rutherford in THE V.I.P.S     (View Acceptance Speech)
1962: Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER     (View Acceptance Speech)
1961: Rita Moreno in WEST SIDE STORY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1960: Shirley Jones in ELMER GANTRY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1959: Shelley Winters in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1958: Wendy Hiller in SEPARATE TABLES     (View Film Trailer)
1957: Miyoshi Umeki in SAYONARA     (View Acceptance Speech)
1956: Dorothy Malone in WRITTEN ON THE WIND     (View Acceptance Speech)
1955: Jo Van Fleet in EAST OF EDEN     (View Acceptance Speech)
1954: Eva Marie Saint in ON THE WATERFRONT     (View Acceptance Speech)
1953: Donna Reed in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1952: Gloria Grahame in THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL     (View Acceptance Speech)
1951: Kim Hunter in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE     (View Film Clip)
1950: Josephine Hull in HARVEY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1949: Mercedes McCambridge in ALL THE KING'S MEN     (View Acceptance Speech)
1948: Claire Trevor in KEY LARGO     (View Acceptance Speech)
1947: Celeste Holm in GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT     (View Acceptance Speech)
1946: Anne Baxter in THE RAZOR'S EDGE     (View Film Clip)
1945: Anne Revere in NATIONAL VELVET     (View Film Trailer)
1944: Ethel Barrymore in NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART     (View Film Trailer)
1943: Katina Paxinou in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS     (View Film Trailer)
1942: Teresa Wright in MRS. MINIVER     (View Film Trailer)
1941: Mary Astor in THE GREAT LIE     (View Film Clip)
1940: Jane Darwell in THE GRAPES OF WRATH     (View Film Clip)
1939: Hattie McDaniel in GONE WITH THE WIND     (View Acceptance Speech)
1938: Fay Bainter in JEZEBEL     (View Film Trailer)
1937: Alice Brady in IN OLD CHICAGO     (View Film Trailer)
1936: Gale Sondergaard in ANTHONY ADVERSE     (View Film Clip)