My Best Supporting Actress Winners

This list details those supporting actress performances that I felt were the best. Sometimes these choices stray from those of the Academy Awards and those of other people as these are purely based on opinion. I have tried my best to look at all actresses in the same light and not trying to compensate someone for not giving them one the previous year. The years covered are 1927/28 through the present, though the category has only existed since 1936. I have also included whether or not my winner was nominated and/or won the Academy Award for that particular direction as well as the other films/actors/directors I would have nominated alongside my winner. The nominees are listed in PREFERENTIAL ORDER. If you have a comment, disagreement, question about justification of one of my choices, recommendations, and etc. please leave a polite comment and I'll try to respond to the best of my ability. I hope you enjoy.
Note: For Nominees, * denotes category nominee, ** denotes category winner, ^ denotes leading category nominee, and ^^ denotes leading category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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1.
Clara Bow
Actress, Wings
Later to become the personification of the flaming Roaring Twenties, Clara Bow was born and brought up in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York. She won a photo beauty contest which started a movie career of some 56 feature films. Best known as the uninhibited flapper, she reached the top as the "It Girl" in 1927...
“ Year: 1927/28
Film: Wings
Role: Mary Preston
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Brigitte Helm (Metropolis); Helene Costello (Lights of New York); Joan Crawford (The Unknown); Jobyna Ralston (Wings) ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Jeanette MacDonald
Actress, San Francisco
She was the third daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald, younger sister to Blossom (MGM's character actress Marie Blake), whom she followed to New York and a chorus job in 1920. She was busy in a string of musical productions. In 1928 Paramount tested and rejected her, but a year later Ernst Lubitsch saw her test and picked her to play opposite Maurice Chevalier in The Love Parade...
“ Year: 1928/29
Film: The Love Parade
Role: Queen Louise
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Fay Wray (The Four Feathers); Nina Mae McKinney (Hallelujah!); Evelyn Brent (Broadway); Dorothy Burgess (In Old Arizona) ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Jean Harlow
Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles...
“ Year: 1929/30
Film: Hell's Angels
Role: Helen
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Mary Astor (Holiday); Lillian Roth (Animal Crackers); Phyllis Konstam (Murder!); Marguerite Churchill (The Big Trail) ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Virginia Cherrill
Actress, City Lights
Actress in US and UK films of the early 1930s. Born on a farm, Cherrill was discovered by Charles Chaplin while sitting beside him at a boxing match in Los Angeles; he introduced himself at intermission and hired her for her debut in City Lights. She met husband Cary Grant at the premiere of Blonde Venus and stopped working after their marriage in 1933...
“ Year: 1930/31
Film: City Lights
Role: A Blind Girl
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Marjorie Rambeau (Min and Bill); Una Merkel (Private Lives); Jean Harlow (The Public Enemy); Glenda Farrell (Little Caesar) ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Miriam Hopkins
Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show business as a chorus girl at twenty...
“ Year: 1931/32
Film: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Role: Ivy Pearson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Greta Garbo (Grand Hotel); Karen Morley (Scarface: The Shame of a Nation); Anna May Wong (Shanghai Express); Ann Dvorak (Scarface: The Shame of a Nation) ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
Ginger Rogers
Actress, Top Hat
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
“ Year: 1932/33
Film: Flying Down to Rio
Role: Honey Hales
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Fay Wray (King Kong); Margaret Dumont (Duck Soup); Joan Bennett (Little Women); Elsa Lanchester (The Private Life of Henry VIII) ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Louise Beavers
Actress, Beulah
1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...
“ Year: 1934
Film: Imitation of Life
Role: Delilah Johnson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Louise Dresser (The Scarlet Empress); Rochelle Hudson (Imitation of Life); Fay Wray (The Richest Girl in the World); Nova Pilbeam (The Man Who Knew Too Much) ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any conventions of legality for that matter...
“ Year: 1935
Film: Bride of Frankenstein
Role: Mary Shelley/The Monster's Bride
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Merle Oberon (The Scarlet Pimpernel); Alice Brady (Gold Diggers of 1935); Margot Grahame (The Informer); Olivia de Havilland (Captain Blood) ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress...
“ Year: 1936
Film: The Great Ziegfeld
Role: Anna Held
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (won Best Actress)
Nominees: Myrna Loy (The Great Ziegfeld); Mary Astor (Dodsworth); *Bonita Granville (These Three); *Alice Brady (My Man Godfrey) ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
Dame May Whitty
Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world. She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock company...
“ Year: 1937
Film: Night Must Fall
Role: Mrs Bramson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Ginger Rogers (Stage Door); *Andrea Leeds (Stage Door); *Anne Shirley (Stella Dallas); Jane Wyatt (Lost Horizon) ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
“ Year: 1938
Film: Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion)
Role: Elsa
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: May Whitty (The Lady Vanishes); Olivia de Havilland (The Adventures of Robin Hood); **Fay Bainter (Jezebel); *Spring Byington (You Can't Take It with You) ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
“ Year: 1939
Film: Gone with the Wind
Role: Margaret Hamilton
Nominated for Best, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind); Jean Arthur (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington); Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz); *Geraldine Fitzgerald (Wuthering Heights) ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
Judith Anderson
Actress, Rebecca
Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
“ Year: 1940
Film: Rebecca
Role: Mrs. Danvers
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath); *Barbara O'Neil (All This, and Heaven Too); *Ruth Hussey (The Philadelphia Story); *Marjorie Rambeau (Primrose Path) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Mary Astor
Her German immigrant father pushed her into a beauty contest at 14 and her first movie Sentimental Tommy at 15. After a number of minor parts she starred in John Barrymore's Beau Brummel. She had a lively affair with Barrymore, over with before she starred a second time with him, in Don Juan...
“ Film: The Maltese Falcon
Role: Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (won award for The Great Lie)
Nominees: Veronica Lake (Sullivan's Travels); Ann Rutherford (Life Begins for Andy Hardy); Judy Garland (Life Begins for Andy Hardy); *Teresa Wright (The Little Foxes) ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Agnes Moorehead
Actress, Bewitched
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
“ Year: 1942
Film: The Magnificent Ambersons
Role: Fanny Minafer
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Teresa Wright (Mrs. Miniver); *Gladys Cooper (Now, Voyager); Veronica Lake (This Gun for Hire); Mary Astor (The Palm Beach Story) ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
Gene Tierney
Actress, Laura
Gene Tierney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1920, to well-to-do parents. Her father was a very successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York...
“ Year: 1943
Film: Heaven Can Wait
Role: Martha
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Paulette Goddard (So Proudly We Hail!); **Katina Paxinou (For Whom the Bell Tolls); *Gladys Cooper (The Song of Bernadette); Una O'Connor (Holy Matrimony) ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
Jennifer Jones
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
“ Year: 1944
Film: Since You Went Away
Role: Jane Deborah Hilton
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis); Tallulah Bankhead (Lifeboat); *Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Parkington); **Ethel Barrymore (None but the Lonely Heart) ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Anne Revere
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, Anne graduated from Wellesley College, then trained for the stage at the American Laboratory Theatre...
“ Year: 1945
Film: National Velvet
Role: Araminty Brown
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Ann Blyth (Mildred Pierce); *Eve Arden (Mildred Pierce); Jane Wyman (The Lost Weekend); Joan Blondell (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Lauren Bacall
Actress, The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
“ Year: 1946
Film: The Big Sleep
Role: Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: **Anne Baxter (The Razor's Edge); Myrna Loy (The Best Years of Our Lives); Beulah Bondi (It's a Wonderful Life); Ava Gardner (The Killers) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ Year: 1947
Film: Gentleman's Agreement
Role: Anne Dettrey
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Jane Greer (Out of the Past); *Gloria Grahame (Crossfire); Martha Raye (Monsieur Verdoux); *Anne Revere (Gentleman's Agreement) ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
Claire Trevor
Actress, Stagecoach
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife Betty. Trevor's interest in acting began when she was 11 years old...
“ Year: 1948
Film: Key Largo
Role: Gaye Dawn
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Agnes Moorehead (Johnny Belinda); *Barbara Bel Geddes (I Remember Mama); *Ellen Corby (I Remember Mama); Ann Miller (Easter Parade) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell was born Monetta Eloyse Darnell in Dallas, Texas, one of five children of a post office worker and his wife. It was evident at an early age that she would be a ravishing beauty, and her mother encouraged her to model. By age 11 she was modeling clothes for an area department store. She had no trouble getting modeling jobs even at such a young age...
“ Year: 1949
Film: A Letter to Three Wives
Role: Lora Mae Hollingsway
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Ethel Waters (Pinky); Thelma Ritter (A Letter to Three Wives); **Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men); Lucile Watson (Little Women) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Josephine Hull
Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College -- much to the dismay of her parents -- and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the...
“ Year: 1950
Film: Harvey
Role: Veta Louise Simmons
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Maria Casares (Orphee (Orpheus)); *Celeste Holm (All About Eve); *Hope Emerson (Caged); *Nancy Olson (Sunset Boulevard) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
Kim Hunter
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High. According to an in-depth article on Kim Hunter by Joseph Collura in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ Year: 1951
Film: A Streetcar Named Desire
Role: Stella Kowalski
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Lee Grant (Detective Story); Leslie Caron (An American in Paris); Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train); *Thelma Ritter (The Mating Season) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Jean Hagen
Jean Shirley Verhagen (later shortened to Hagen) was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 3, 1923. Her father was a Dutch immigrant. Hagen and her family moved to Elkhart, Indiana when she was twelve; she subsequently graduated from Elkhart High School. Afterwards, she graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied drama and was a roommate of fellow actress Patricia Neal...
“ Year: 1952
Film: Singin' in the Rain
Role: Lina Lamont
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Katy Jurado (High Noon); Edith Evans (The Importance of Being Earnest); Joan Greenwood (The Importance of Being Earnest); Grace Kelly (High Noon) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Kelly was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television...
“ Year: 1953
Film: Mogambo
Role: Linda Nordley
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street); **Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity); Anne Baxter (I Confess); Gloria Grahame (The Big Heat) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
Eva Marie Saint
Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County...
“ Year: 1954
Film: On the Waterfront
Role: Edie Doyle
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Grace Kelly (Rear Window); *Katy Jurado (Broken Lance); Mercedes McCambridge (Johnny Guitar); *Jan Sterling (The High and the Mighty) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
Betsy Blair
Actress, Marty
Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan's "The Beautiful People." At around the same time...
“ Year: 1955
Film: Marty
Role: Clara Snyder
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Simone Signoret (Les Diaboliques (The Devils)); *Natalie Wood (Rebel Without a Cause); **Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden); Kim Novak (Picnic) ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
Dorothy Malone
Actress, Peyton Place
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American filmgoing audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite unlike the classy and straight-laced lady herself...
“ Year: 1956
Film: Written on the Wind
Role: Marylee Hadley
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed); Joanne Woodward (A Kiss Before Dying); Natalie Wood (The Searchers); Karuna Banerjee (Aparajito (The Unvanquished)) ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
Marlene Dietrich
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator then as a cabaret singer...
“ Year: 1957
Film: Witness for the Prosecution
Role: Christine Vole
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Elsa Lanchester (Witness for the Prosecution); Joan Crawford (The Story of Esther Costello); Isuzu Yamada (Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jo)); *Hope Lange (Peyton Place) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
Kim Novak
Actress, Vertigo
Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers...
“ Year: 1958
Film: Vertigo
Role: Judy Barton/Madeleine Elster
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Cara Williams (The Defiant Ones); **Wendy Hiller (Separate Tables); Janet Leigh (Touch of Evil); Judith Anderson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
Lee Remick
Actress, The Omen
Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy Southern majorette in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd...
“ Year: 1959
Film: Anatomy of a Murder
Role: Laura Manion
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest); *Juanita Moore (Imitation of Life); *Susan Kohner (Imitation of Life); **Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Janet Leigh
Actress, Psycho
Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology...
“ Year: 1960
Film: Psycho
Role: Marion Crane
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Sharmila Tagore (The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)); **Shirley Jones (Elmer Gantry); *Glynis Johns (The Sundowners); Jo Van Fleet (Wild River) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ Year: 1961
Film: West Side Story
Role: Anita
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Judy Garland (Judgment at Nuremberg); ^Piper Laurie (The Hustler); Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita); *Fay Bainter (The Children's Hour) ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Patty Duke
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 managers...
“ Year: 1962
Film: The Miracle Worker
Role: Helen Keller
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird); *Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate); *Shirley Knight (Sweet Bird of Youth); Janet Leigh (The Manchurian Candidate) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
“ Year: 1963:
Film: Hud
Role: Alma Brown
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (won Best Actress)
Nominees: *Edith Evans (Tom Jones); Jessica Tandy (The Birds); **Margaret Rutherford (The V.I.P.s); Anouk Aimee (8 1/2) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
Agnes Moorehead
Actress, Bewitched
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
“ Year: 1964
Film: Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Role: Velma Cruther
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Lila Kedrova (Zorba the Greek); *Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady); *Grayson Hall (The Night of the Iguana); Ann Sothern (The Best Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
Shelley Winters
Actress, Lolita
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Year: 1965
Film: A Patch of Blue
Role: Rose-Ann D'Arcy
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago); *Ruth Gordon (Inside Daisy Clover); *Maggie Smith (Othello); *Joyce Redman (Othello) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Sandy Dennis
It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came to the neurotic-dispensing department...
“ Year: 1966
Film: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Role: Honey
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ^Ida Kaminska (The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze); *Wendy Hiller (A Man for All Seasons); Margaret Leighton (7 Women); Sue Lyon (7 Women) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
Estelle Parsons
The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today...
“ Year: 1967
Film: Bonnie and Clyde
Role: Blanche Barrow
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Katharine Ross (The Graduate); *Beah Richards (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner); Jo Van Fleet (Cool Hand Luke); *Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
Ruth Gordon
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
“ Year: 1968
Film: Rosemary's Baby
Role: Minnie Castevet
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Sondra Locke (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter); *Estelle Parsons (Rachel, Rachel); Billie Whitelaw (Charlie Bubbles); Beverly Garland (Pretty Poison) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn, a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died in infancy before her birth. She was raised in the Jewish religion. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter of Hungarian immigrants...
“ Year: 1969
Film: Cactus Flower
Role: Toni Simmons
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Catherine Burns (Last Summer); *Dyan Cannon (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice); Francoise Fabian (My Night at Maud's (Ma nuit chez Maud)); Celia Johnson (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Helen Hayes
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ Year: 1970
Film: Airport
Role: Ada Quonsett
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Maureen Stapleton (Airport); *Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces); Susan Anspach (Five Easy Pieces); Claude Jade (Bed and Board (Domicile Conjugal)) ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Year: 1971
Film: The Last Picture Show
Role: Lois Farrow
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Cybill Shepherd (The Last Picture Show); **Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show); Susan George (Straw Dogs); *Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge) ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
Eileen Heckart
Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2. Her childhood was an acutely unhappy one. Her mother...
“ Year: 1972
Film: Butterflies Are Free
Role: Mrs. Baker
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Marisa Berenson (Cabaret); Ida Lupino (Junior Bonner); *Geraldine Page (Pete 'n' Tillie); Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid) ” - jmpatison003
 
46.
“ Year: 1973
Film: Paper Moon
Role: Addie Loggins
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Linda Blair (The Exorcist); *Madeline Kahn (Paper Moon); Cindy Williams (American Graffiti); Ingrid Thulin (Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)) ” - jmpatison003
 
47.
Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions...
“ Year: 1974
Film: Young Frankenstein
Role: Elizabeth
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (nominated for Blazing Saddles)
Nominees: Diane Keaton (The Godfather Part II); *Valentina Cortese (Day for Night (La nuit americaine)); *Talie Shire (The Godfather Part II); Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein) ” - jmpatison003
 
48.
Lee Grant
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1926 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ Year: 1975
Film: Shampoo
Role: Felicia Karpf
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Ronee Blakley (Nashville); *Lily Tomlin (Nashville); *Sylvia Miles (Farewell, My Lovely); Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville) ” - jmpatison003
 
49.
Beatrice Straight
Actress, Poltergeist
In her long career, Beatrice Straight actually did very little work in the movies, plying her trade mostly onstage. But when she did grace the silver screen, she did it with great skill. Her first love was theater, having debuted on Broadway in the 1935 "Bitter Oleander". Her work garnered her much acclaim...
“ Year: 1976
Film: Network
Role: Louise Schumacher
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver); *Piper Laurie (Carrie); Marie-France Pisier (Cousin, cousine); Maggie Smith (Murder by Death) ” - jmpatison003
 
50.
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Year: 1977
Film: Julia
Role: Julia
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Janice Rule (3 Women); Carrie Fisher (Star Wars); Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever); *Tuesday Weld (Looking for Mr. Goodbar) ” - jmpatison003
 
51.
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
“ Year: 1978
Film: Death on the Nile
Role: Salome Otterbourne
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: **Maggie Smith (California Suite); *Meryl Streep (The Deer Hunter); *Dyan Cannon (Heaven Can Wait); Stockard Channing (Grease) ” - jmpatison003
 
52.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 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 Streep...
“ Year: 1979
Film: Kramer vs. Kramer
Role: Joanna Kramer
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer); Veronica Cartwright (Alien); *Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan); *Barbara Barrie (Breaking Away) ” - jmpatison003
 
53.
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled...
“ Year: 1980
Film: Ordinary People
Role: Best Jarrett
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (nominated for Best Actress)
Nominees: *Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull); Beverly D'Angelo (Coal Miner's Daughter); *Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin); *Diana Scarwid (Inside Moves) ” - jmpatison003
 
54.
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Year: 1981
Film: On Golden Pond
Role: Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark); *Elizabeth McGovern (Ragtime); *Joan Hackett (Only When I Laugh); **Maureen Stapleton (Reds) ” - jmpatison003
 
55.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ Year: 1982
Film: The World According to Garp
Role: Jenny Fields
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Jessica Lange (Tootsie); *Teri Garr (Tootsie); Daryl Hannah (Blade Runner); Ellen Barkin (Diner) ” - jmpatison003
 
56.
Linda Hunt
Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was Born April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye...
“ Year: 1983
Film: The Year of Living Dangerously
Role: Billy Kwan
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Glenn Close (The Big Chill); Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business); *Cher (Silkwood); *Amy Irving (Yentl) ” - jmpatison003
 
57.
“ Year: 1984
Film: Amadeus
Role: Constanze Mozart
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Geraldine Page (The Pope of Greenwich Village); **Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India); Linda Hamilton (The Terminator); *Glenn Close (The Natural) ” - jmpatison003
 
58.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family...
“ Year: 1985
Film: The Color Purple
Role: Sofia
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Meg Tilly (Agnes of God); Margaret Avery (The Color Purple); Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman); **Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor) ” - jmpatison003
 
59.
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Year: 1986
Film: Hannah and Her Sisters
Role: Holly
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Maggie Smith (A Room with a View); *Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio); Kelly McGillis (Top Gun); Jenette Goldstein (Aliens) ” - jmpatison003
 
60.
Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris...
“ Year: 1987
Film: Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring)
Role: Manon Cadoret
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: **Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck); *Anne Ramsey (Throw Momma from the Train); Joan Chen (The Last Emperor); Joan Cusack (Broadcast News) ” - jmpatison003
 
61.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
“ Year: 1988
Film: Dangerous Liaisons
Role: Madame Marie de Tourvel
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Maria Barranco (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)); **Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist); *Frances McDormand (Mississippi Burning); *Joan Cusack (Working Girl) ” - jmpatison003
 
62.
Brenda Fricker
Actress, My Left Foot
This Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989)...
“ Year: 1989
Film: My Left Foot
Role: Mrs. Brown
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Dianne Wiest (Parenthood); Carrie Fisher (When Harry Met Sally...); Laura San Giacomo (sex, lies, and videotape); Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams) ” - jmpatison003
 
63.
Lorraine Bracco
Actress, Goodfellas
Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ex-husband Daniel Guerard.
“ Year: 1990
Film: Goodfellas
Role: Karen Hill
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Annette Bening (The Grifters); Glenn Close (Reversal of Fortune); Marcia Gay Harden (Miller's Crossing); **Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) ” - jmpatison003
 
64.
Jessica Tandy
A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
“ Year: 1991
Film: Fried Green Tomatoes
Role: Ninny Threadgoode
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win: Yes; No
Nominees: Annette Bening (Bugsy); Kate Nelligan (Frankie and Johnny); Meryl Streep (Defending Your Life); **Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King) ” - jmpatison003
 
65.
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ Year: 1992
Film: My Cousin Vinny
Role: Mona Lisa Vito
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Alfre Woodard (Passion Fish); Helena Bonham Carter (Howards End); *Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End); *Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives) ” - jmpatison003
 
66.
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish...
“ Year: 1993
Film: The Age of Innocence
Role: May Welland
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Emma Thompson (In the Name of the Father); Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day); **Anna Paquin (The Piano); *Holly Hunter (The Firm) ” - jmpatison003
 
67.
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Year: 1994
Film: Bullets Over Broadway
Role: Helen Sinclair
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction); Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral); *Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway); *Helen Mirren (The Madness of King George) ” - jmpatison003
 
68.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
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 from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Year: 1995
Film: Sense and Sensibility
Role: Marianne Dashwood
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite); *Joan Allen (Nixon); Angela Bassett (Strange Days); *Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) ” - jmpatison003
 
69.
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ Year: 1996
Film: Jerry Maguire
Role: Dorothy Boyd
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: Meg Ryan (Courage Under Fire); **Juliette Binoche (The English Patient); Kate Winslet (Hamlet); *Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies) ” - jmpatison003
 
70.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Year: 1997
Film: The Ice Storm
Role: Janey Carver
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights); **Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential); Alison Elliott (The Wings of the Dove); *Joan Cusack (In & Out) ” - jmpatison003
 
71.
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Year: 1998
Film: Shakespeare in Love
Role: Queen Elizabeth I of England
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Kathy Bates (Primary Colors); Joan Allen (Pleasantville); *Lynn Redgrave (Gods and Monsters); Lisa Kudrow (The Opposite of Sex) ” - jmpatison003
 
72.
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Year: 1999
Film: Girl, Interrupted
Role: Lisa Rowe
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown); *Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry); *Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich); Julianne Moore (Magnolia) ” - jmpatison003
 
73.
Kate Hudson
Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from indie beginner to Vanity Fair cover girl in just three years...
“ Year: 2000
Film: Almost Famous
Role: Penny Lane
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock); Erika Christensen (Traffic); *Frances McDormand (Almost Famous); *Judi Dench (Chocolat) ” - jmpatison003
 
74.
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Year: 2001
Film: Gosford Park
Role: Constance, Countess of Grantham
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento); *Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom); *Helen Mirren (Gosford Park); Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) ” - jmpatison003
 
75.
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ Year: 2002
Film: The Hours
Role: Virginia Woolf
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (WON Best Actress)
Nominees: *Julianne Moore (The Hours); *Meryl Streep (Adaptation.); *Kathy Bates (About Schmidt); Patricia Clarkson (Far from Heaven) ” - jmpatison003
 
76.
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as The Report directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival...
“ Year: 2003
Film: House of Sand and Fog
Role: Nadereh Behrani
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain); *Holly Hunter (thirteen); Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent); Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) ” - jmpatison003
 
77.
Cate Blanchett
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 years old...
“ Year: 2006
Film: The Aviator
Role: Katharine Hepburn
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Natalie Portman (Closer); *Virginia Madsen (Sideways); *Laura Linney (Kinsey); Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland) ” - jmpatison003
 
78.
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Year: 2005
Film: Junebug
Role: Ashley Johnsten
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener); *Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain); Summer Glau (Serenity); Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain) ” - jmpatison003
 
79.
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Clifton (Passaic County), New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian parents...
“ Year: 2006
Film: The Departed
Role: Madolyn Madden
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win: No
Nominees: *Rinko Kikuchi (Babel); *Adriana Barraza (Babel); Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration); Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson) ” - jmpatison003
 
80.
Saoirse Ronan
Actress, Atonement
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
“ Year: 2007
Film: Atonement
Role: Briony Tallis
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There); *Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone); Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men); Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) ” - jmpatison003
 
81.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
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 from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Year: 2008
Film: The Reader
Role: Hanna Schmitz
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (won Best Actress)
Nominees: *Amy Adams (Doubt); *Viola Davis (Doubt); Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading); *Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) ” - jmpatison003
 
82.
Mo'Nique
Actress, Precious
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in the hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. ...
“ Year: 2009
Film: Precious
Role: Mary Lee Johnston
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air); *Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air); Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds); Julianne Moore (A Single Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
83.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Year: 2010
Film: Black Swan
Role: Lily/The Black Swan
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom); **Melissa Leo (The Fighter); *Amy Adams (The Fighter); Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer) ” - jmpatison003
 
84.
Octavia Spencer
Actress, The Help
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
“ Year: 2011
Film: The Help
Role: Minny Jackson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jessica Chastain (The Help); *Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids); *Berenice Bejo (The Artist); Carey Mulligan (Shame) ” - jmpatison003