Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit. It is presented each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is to recognize an actress with an outstanding performance in a movie. Since the beginning, the award has commonly been called the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
The 2022 recipient: Jamie Lee Curtis
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1937 (for performance in films released during the 1936 film season)
Most recent winnerJamie Lee Curtis
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2023)

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.

Winners and nominees


Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.

Year Actress Film Role(s)
Gale Sondergaard Anthony Adverse Faith Paleologus
Beulah Bondi The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel Jackson
Alice Brady My Man Godfrey Angelica Bullock
Bonita Granville These Three Mary Tilford
Maria Ouspenskaya Dodsworth Baroness Von Obersdorf
Alice Brady In Old Chicago Molly O'Leary
Andrea Leeds Stage Door Kay Hamilton
Anne Shirley Stella Dallas Laurel "Lollie" Dallas
Claire Trevor Dead End Francey
May Whitty Night Must Fall Mrs. Bramson
Fay Bainter Jezebel Aunt Belle Massey
Beulah Bondi Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins
Billie Burke Merrily We Live Emily Kilbourne
Spring Byington You Can't Take It with You Penny Sycamore
Miliza Korjus The Great Waltz Carla Donner
Hattie McDaniel Gone with the Wind Mammy
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind Melanie Hamilton
Geraldine Fitzgerald Wuthering Heights Isabella Linton
Edna May Oliver Drums Along the Mohawk Sarah McKlennar
Maria Ouspenskaya Love Affair Grandmother Janou
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Jane Darwell The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad
Judith Anderson Rebecca Mrs. Danvers
Ruth Hussey The Philadelphia Story Elizabeth Imbrie
Barbara O'Neil All This and Heaven Too Duchesse de Praslin
Marjorie Rambeau Primrose Path Mamie Adams
Mary Astor The Great Lie Sandra Kovak
Sara Allgood How Green Was My Valley Beth Morgan
Patricia Collinge The Little Foxes Birdie Hubbard
Teresa Wright The Little Foxes Alexandra Giddens
Margaret Wycherly Sergeant York Mother York
Teresa Wright Mrs. Miniver Carol Beldon
Gladys Cooper Now, Voyager Mrs. Vale
Agnes Moorehead The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny Minafer
Susan Peters Random Harvest Kitty Chilcet
May Whitty Mrs. Miniver Lady Beldon
Katina Paxinou For Whom the Bell Tolls Pilar
Gladys Cooper The Song of Bernadette Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Paulette Goddard So Proudly We Hail! Lt. Joan O'Doul
Anne Revere The Song of Bernadette Louise Soubirous
Lucile Watson Watch on the Rhine Fanny Farrelly
Ethel Barrymore None but the Lonely Heart Ma Mott
Jennifer Jones Since You Went Away Jane Deborah Hilton
Angela Lansbury Gaslight Nancy Oliver
Aline MacMahon Dragon Seed Ling Tan's Wife
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Parkington Baroness Aspasia Conti
Anne Revere National Velvet Araminty Brown
Eve Arden Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin
Ann Blyth Mildred Pierce Veda Pierce Forrester
Angela Lansbury The Picture of Dorian Gray Sibyl Vane
Joan Lorring The Corn is Green Bessie Watty
Anne Baxter The Razor's Edge Sophie MacDonald
Ethel Barrymore The Spiral Staircase Mrs. Warren
Lillian Gish Duel in the Sun Laura Belle McCanles
Flora Robson Saratoga Trunk Angelique Buiton
Gale Sondergaard Anna and the King of Siam Lady Thiang
Celeste Holm Gentleman's Agreement Anne Dettrey
Ethel Barrymore The Paradine Case Lady Sophie Horfield
Gloria Grahame Crossfire Ginny Tremaine
Marjorie Main The Egg and I Ma Kettle
Anne Revere Gentleman's Agreement Mrs. Green
Claire Trevor Key Largo Gaye Dawn
Barbara Bel Geddes I Remember Mama Katrin Hanson
Ellen Corby I Remember Mama Aunt Trina
Agnes Moorehead Johnny Belinda Aggie McDonald
Jean Simmons Hamlet Ophelia
Mercedes McCambridge All the King's Men Sadie Burke
Ethel Barrymore Pinky Miss Em
Celeste Holm Come to the Stable Sister Scholastica
Elsa Lanchester Come to the Stable Amelia Potts
Ethel Waters Pinky Dicey Johnson
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Josephine Hull Harvey Veta Louise Simmons
Hope Emerson Caged Evelyn Harper
Celeste Holm All About Eve Karen Richards
Nancy Olson Sunset Boulevard Betty Schaefer
Thelma Ritter All About Eve Birdie Kumen
Kim Hunter A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Joan Blondell The Blue Veil Annie Rawlins
Mildred Dunnock Death of a Salesman Linda Loman
Lee Grant Detective Story Shoplifter
Thelma Ritter The Mating Season Ellen McNulty
Gloria Grahame The Bad and the Beautiful Rosemary Bartlow
Jean Hagen Singin' in the Rain Lina Lamont
Colette Marchand Moulin Rouge Marie Charlet
Terry Moore Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Buckholder
Thelma Ritter With a Song in My Heart Clancy
Donna Reed From Here to Eternity Alma 'Lorene' Burke
Grace Kelly Mogambo Linda Nordley
Geraldine Page Hondo Angie Lowe
Marjorie Rambeau Torch Song Mrs. Stewart
Thelma Ritter Pickup on South Street Moe
Eva Marie Saint On the Waterfront Edie Doyle
Nina Foch Executive Suite Erica Martin
Katy Jurado Broken Lance Señora Devereaux
Jan Sterling The High and the Mighty Sally McKee
Claire Trevor The High and the Mighty May Holst
Jo Van Fleet East of Eden Kate
Betsy Blair Marty Clara Snyder
Peggy Lee Pete Kelly's Blues Rose Hopkins
Marisa Pavan The Rose Tattoo Rosa Delle Rose
Natalie Wood Rebel Without a Cause Judy
Dorothy Malone Written on the Wind Marylee Hadley
Mildred Dunnock Baby Doll Rose Comfort
Eileen Heckart The Bad Seed Hortense Daigle
Mercedes McCambridge Giant Luz Benedict
Patty McCormack The Bad Seed Rhoda Penmark
Miyoshi Umeki Sayonara Katsumi
Carolyn Jones The Bachelor Party The Existentialist
Elsa Lanchester Witness for the Prosecution Miss Plimsoll
Hope Lange Peyton Place Selena Cross
Diane Varsi Peyton Place Allison MacKenzie
Wendy Hiller Separate Tables Pat Cooper
Peggy Cass Auntie Mame Agnes Gooch
Martha Hyer Some Came Running Gwen French
Maureen Stapleton Lonelyhearts Fay Doyle
Cara Williams The Defiant Ones Billy's mother
Shelley Winters The Diary of Anne Frank Petronella Van Daan
Hermione Baddeley Room at the Top Elspeth
Susan Kohner Imitation of Life Sarah Jane Johnson (age 18)
Juanita Moore Imitation of Life Annie Johnson
Thelma Ritter Pillow Talk Alma
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry Lulu Baines
Glynis Johns The Sundowners Mrs. Firth
Shirley Knight The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Reenie Flood
Janet Leigh Psycho Marion Crane
Mary Ure Sons and Lovers Clara Dawes
Rita Moreno West Side Story Anita
Fay Bainter The Children's Hour Amelia Tilford
Judy Garland Judgment at Nuremberg Irene Hoffman Wallner
Lotte Lenya The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Una Merkel Summer and Smoke Mrs. Winemiller
Patty Duke The Miracle Worker Helen Keller
Mary Badham To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Finch
Shirley Knight Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly Finley
Angela Lansbury The Manchurian Candidate Eleanor Iselin
Thelma Ritter Birdman of Alcatraz Elizabeth Stroud
Margaret Rutherford The V.I.P.s The Duchess of Brighton
Diane Cilento Tom Jones Molly Seagrim
Edith Evans Tom Jones Miss Western
Joyce Redman Tom Jones Mrs. Waters (Jenny Jones)
Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field Mother Maria Marthe
Lila Kedrova Zorba the Greek Madame Hortense
Gladys Cooper My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins
Edith Evans The Chalk Garden Mrs. St. Maugham
Grayson Hall The Night of the Iguana Judith Fellowes
Agnes Moorehead Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma Cruther
Shelley Winters A Patch of Blue Rose-Ann D'Arcy
Ruth Gordon Inside Daisy Clover The Dealer – Mrs. Clover
Joyce Redman Othello Emilia
Maggie Smith Othello Desdemona
Peggy Wood The Sound of Music Mother Abbess
Sandy Dennis Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Wendy Hiller A Man for All Seasons Alice More
Jocelyne LaGarde Hawaii Queen Malama
Vivien Merchant Alfie Lily
Geraldine Page You're a Big Boy Now Margery Chanticleer
Estelle Parsons Bonnie and Clyde Blanche Barrow
Carol Channing Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere
Mildred Natwick Barefoot in the Park Ethel Banks
Beah Richards Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Mrs. Prentice
Katharine Ross The Graduate Elaine Robinson
Ruth Gordon Rosemary's Baby Minnie Castevet
Lynn Carlin Faces Maria Forst
Sondra Locke The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly
Kay Medford Funny Girl Rose Brice
Estelle Parsons Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie
Goldie Hawn Cactus Flower Toni Simmons
Catherine Burns Last Summer Rhoda
Dyan Cannon Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson
Sylvia Miles Midnight Cowboy Cass
Susannah York They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Alice LeBlanc
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Helen Hayes Airport Ada Quonsett
Karen Black Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto
Lee Grant The Landlord Joyce Enders
Sally Kellerman MASH Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Maureen Stapleton Airport Inez Guerrero
Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show Ruth Popper
Ann-Margret Carnal Knowledge Bobbie
Ellen Burstyn The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow
Barbara Harris Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Allison Densmore
Margaret Leighton The Go-Between Mrs. Maudsley
Eileen Heckart Butterflies Are Free Mrs. Baker
Jeannie Berlin The Heartbreak Kid Lila Kolodny
Geraldine Page Pete 'n' Tillie Gertrude
Susan Tyrrell Fat City Oma
Shelley Winters The Poseidon Adventure Belle Rosen
Tatum O'Neal Paper Moon Addie Loggins
Linda Blair The Exorcist Regan MacNeil
Candy Clark American Graffiti Debbie Dunham
Madeline Kahn Paper Moon Trixie Delight
Sylvia Sidney Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Mrs. Pritchett
Ingrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express Greta Ohlsson
Valentina Cortese Day for Night Severine
Madeline Kahn Blazing Saddles Lili Von Shtupp
Diane Ladd Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Flo Castleberry
Talia Shire The Godfather Part II Connie Corleone
Lee Grant Shampoo Felicia Karpf
Ronee Blakley Nashville Barbara Jean
Sylvia Miles Farewell, My Lovely Jessie Halstead Florian
Lily Tomlin Nashville Linnea Reese
Brenda Vaccaro Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough Linda Riggs
Beatrice Straight Network Louise Schumacher
Jane Alexander All the President's Men Judy Hoback
Jodie Foster Taxi Driver Iris Steensma
Lee Grant Voyage of the Damned Lillian Rosen
Piper Laurie Carrie Margaret White
Vanessa Redgrave Julia Julia
Leslie Browne The Turning Point Emilia Rodgers
Quinn Cummings The Goodbye Girl Lucy McFadden
Melinda Dillon Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gillian Guiler
Tuesday Weld Looking for Mr. Goodbar Katherine Dunn
Maggie Smith California Suite Diana Barrie
Dyan Cannon Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth
Penelope Milford Coming Home Vi Munson
Maureen Stapleton Interiors Pearl
Meryl Streep The Deer Hunter Linda
Meryl Streep Kramer vs. Kramer Joanna Kramer
Jane Alexander Kramer vs. Kramer Margaret Phelps
Barbara Barrie Breaking Away Evelyn Stoller
Candice Bergen Starting Over Jessica Potter
Mariel Hemingway Manhattan Tracy
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Mary Steenburgen Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar
Eileen Brennan Private Benjamin Captain Doreen Lewis
Eva Le Gallienne Resurrection Grandma Pearl
Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull Vickie Thailer LaMotta
Diana Scarwid Inside Moves Louise
Maureen Stapleton Reds Emma Goldman
Melinda Dillon Absence of Malice Teresa Perrone
Jane Fonda On Golden Pond Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Joan Hackett Only When I Laugh Toby Landau
Elizabeth McGovern Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit
Jessica Lange Tootsie Julie Nichols
Glenn Close The World According to Garp Jenny Fields
Teri Garr Tootsie Sandy Lester
Kim Stanley Frances Lillian Farmer
Lesley Ann Warren Victor Victoria Norma Cassady
Linda Hunt The Year of Living Dangerously Billy Kwan
Cher Silkwood Dolly Pelliker
Glenn Close The Big Chill Sarah Cooper
Amy Irving Yentl Hadass
Alfre Woodard Cross Creek Geechee
Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
Glenn Close The Natural Iris Gaines
Lindsay Crouse Places in the Heart Margaret Lomax
Christine Lahti Swing Shift Hazel Zanussi
Geraldine Page The Pope of Greenwich Village Mrs. Ritter
Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor Maerose Prizzi
Margaret Avery The Color Purple Shug Avery
Amy Madigan Twice in a Lifetime Sunny Sobel
Meg Tilly Agnes of God Sister Agnes
Oprah Winfrey The Color Purple Sofia Johnson
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters Holly
Tess Harper Crimes of the Heart Chick Boyle
Piper Laurie Children of a Lesser God Mrs. Norman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio The Color of Money Carmen
Maggie Smith A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett
Olympia Dukakis Moonstruck Rose Castorini
Norma Aleandro Gaby: A True Story Florencia
Anne Archer Fatal Attraction Beth Gallagher
Anne Ramsey Throw Momma from the Train Mrs. Lift
Ann Sothern The Whales of August Tisha Doughty
Geena Davis The Accidental Tourist Muriel Pritchett
Joan Cusack Working Girl Cyn
Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning Mrs. Pell
Michelle Pfeiffer Dangerous Liaisons Madame Marie de Tourvel
Sigourney Weaver Working Girl Katharine Parker
Brenda Fricker My Left Foot Mrs. Brown
Anjelica Huston Enemies, a Love Story Tamara Broder
Lena Olin Enemies, a Love Story Masha
Julia Roberts Steel Magnolias Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Dianne Wiest Parenthood Helen Buckman
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Whoopi Goldberg Ghost Oda Mae Brown
Annette Bening The Grifters Myra Langtry
Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas Karen Hill
Diane Ladd Wild at Heart Marietta Fortune
Mary McDonnell Dances with Wolves Stands With A Fist
Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King Anne Napolitano
Diane Ladd Rambling Rose Mother
Juliette Lewis Cape Fear Danielle Bowden
Kate Nelligan The Prince of Tides Lila Wingo Newbury
Jessica Tandy Fried Green Tomatoes Ninny Threadgoode
Marisa Tomei My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito
Judy Davis Husbands and Wives Sally
Joan Plowright Enchanted April Mrs. Fisher
Vanessa Redgrave Howards End Ruth Wilcox
Miranda Richardson Damage Ingrid Fleming
Anna Paquin The Piano Flora McGrath
Holly Hunter The Firm Tammy Hemphill
Rosie Perez Fearless Carla Rodrigo
Winona Ryder The Age of Innocence May Welland
Emma Thompson In the Name of the Father Gareth Peirce
Dianne Wiest Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair
Rosemary Harris Tom & Viv Rose Haigh-Wood
Helen Mirren The Madness of King George Queen Charlotte
Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace
Jennifer Tilly Bullets Over Broadway Olive Neal
Mira Sorvino Mighty Aphrodite Linda Ash
Joan Allen Nixon Pat Nixon
Kathleen Quinlan Apollo 13 Marilyn Lovell
Mare Winningham Georgia Georgia Flood
Kate Winslet Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood
Juliette Binoche The English Patient Hana
Joan Allen The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
Lauren Bacall The Mirror Has Two Faces Hannah Morgan
Barbara Hershey The Portrait of a Lady Madame Serena Merle
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Secrets & Lies Hortense Cumberbatch
Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential Lynn Bracken
Joan Cusack In & Out Emily Montgomery
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting Skylar
Julianne Moore Boogie Nights Amber Waves
Gloria Stuart Titanic Rose Calvert
Judi Dench Shakespeare in Love Queen Elizabeth I
Kathy Bates Primary Colors Libby Holden
Brenda Blethyn Little Voice Mari Hoff
Rachel Griffiths Hilary and Jackie Hilary du Pré
Lynn Redgrave Gods and Monsters Hanna
Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted Lisa Rowe
Toni Collette The Sixth Sense Lynn Sear
Catherine Keener Being John Malkovich Maxine Lund
Samantha Morton Sweet and Lowdown Hattie
Chloë Sevigny Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Marcia Gay Harden Pollock Lee Krasner
Judi Dench Chocolat Armande Voizin
Kate Hudson Almost Famous Penny Lane
Frances McDormand Almost Famous Elaine Miller
Julie Walters Billy Elliot Georgia Wilkinson
Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash
Helen Mirren Gosford Park Jane Wilson
Maggie Smith Gosford Park Constance Trentham
Marisa Tomei In the Bedroom Natalie Strout
Kate Winslet Iris Young Iris Murdoch
Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago Velma Kelly
Kathy Bates About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel
Julianne Moore The Hours Laura Brown
Queen Latifah Chicago Matron Mama Morton
Meryl Streep Adaptation. Susan Orlean
Renée Zellweger Cold Mountain Ruby Thewes
Shohreh Aghdashloo House of Sand and Fog Nadereh Behrani
Patricia Clarkson Pieces of April Joy Burns
Marcia Gay Harden Mystic River Celeste Boyle
Holly Hunter Thirteen Melanie Freeland
Cate Blanchett The Aviator Katharine Hepburn
Laura Linney Kinsey Clara McMillen
Virginia Madsen Sideways Maya Randall
Sophie Okonedo Hotel Rwanda Tatiana Rusesabagina
Natalie Portman Closer Alice Ayres
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener Tessa Quayle
Amy Adams Junebug Ashley Johnsten
Catherine Keener Capote Nelle Harper Lee
Frances McDormand North Country Glory Dodge
Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls Effie White
Adriana Barraza Babel Amelia
Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal Sheba Hart
Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine Olive Hoover
Rinko Kikuchi Babel Chieko Wataya
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton Karen Crowder
Cate Blanchett I'm Not There Jude Quinn
Ruby Dee American Gangster Mama Lucas
Saoirse Ronan Atonement Briony Tallis
Amy Ryan Gone Baby Gone Helene McCready
Penélope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona María Elena
Amy Adams Doubt Sister James
Viola Davis Doubt Mrs. Miller
Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler Cassidy/Pam
Mo'Nique Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Mary Lee Johnston
Penélope Cruz Nine Carla Albanese
Vera Farmiga Up in the Air Alex Goran
Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart Jean Craddock
Anna Kendrick Up in the Air Natalie Keener
Year Actress Film Role(s)
Melissa Leo The Fighter Alice Ward
Amy Adams The Fighter Charlene Fleming
Helena Bonham Carter The King's Speech Queen Elizabeth
Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Mattie Ross
Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom Janine "Smurf" Cody
Octavia Spencer The Help Minny Jackson
Bérénice Bejo The Artist Peppy Miller
Jessica Chastain The Help Celia Foote
Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids Megan
Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs Hubert Page
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables Fantine
Amy Adams The Master Peggy
Sally Field Lincoln Mary
Jacki Weaver Silver Linings Playbook Dolores
Helen Hunt The Sessions Cheryl


  1. Beginning with the 1943 awards, winners in the supporting acting categories were awarded Oscar statuettes similar to those awarded to winners in all other categories, including the leading acting categories. Prior to this, however, winners in the supporting acting categories were awarded plaques.

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