Until 1988, only three times did an actress get nominated in both categories in one year: Fay Bainter in 1938, Teresa Wright in 1942 and Jessica Lange in 1982, and they all won Supporting and lost Actress. Sigourney Weaver in 1988, however, lost in both categories, as did Emma Thompson in 1993, Julianne Moore in 2002 and Cate Blanchett in 2007. But in 1993, Thompson faced off against Holly Hunter in both categories and Hunter won Best Actress and lost Supporting.

Many directors have directed multiple Oscar winners (Elia Kazan leads in Supporting Actress with 4), but Woody Allen is the only person to direct the same person to an Oscar twice (Diane Wiest).

Supporting Actress winners are a younger bunch than their male counterparts (average age of 40.1). And while only three males younger than 30 have won, a whopping 16 females, including one teenager (Patty Duke) and two pre-teens (11 year old Anna Paquin and 10 year old Tatum O’Neal). Four women in their 70’s have won, with the oldest being 77 year old Peggy Ashcroft.

The most surprising winner is, no surprise, Marisa Tomei. An urban legend has even sprouted up that Jack Palance read the wrong name and nobody would correct him (not true – if such a thing ever happens, the people from Price, Waterhouse will come out and correct it). But Tomei had no precursors – no critics awards, no Golden Globe or BAFTA nomination. Judy Davis, on the other hand, that year, had won 5 of the six major critics groups and been nominated by both the Globes and the BAFTAs, so go figure.

I would have to say that the best choices for winners were Kim Hunter, Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, Meryl Streep, Diane Wiest (both times) and Cate Blanchett. The worst choices were Ethel Barrymore, Shelley Winters (the second time), Whoopi Goldberg, Marisa Tomei and Kim Basinger.

The top point earner is poor Thelma Ritter with 180 points for her 6 nominations.  Unfortunately, she never won the Oscar for any of her fine work.  There are several actresses with 150 points and they break down into the following two categories: 2 Oscars out of 3 nominations (Shelley Winters, Diane Wiest, Maggie Smith) and 1 Oscar out of 4 nominations (Ethel Barrymore, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton).  Of the top point earning actresses of all-time, Maggie Smith is the top in Supporting.  Meryl Streep and Geraldine Page each have 120 points (1 Oscar, 3 noms for Streep, 4 noms for Page).  Ingrid Bergman and Jessica Lange each have 60 points for their Oscar and Jane Fonda has 30 points for her nomination.  The top actresses who have never been nominated as Supporting are Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Greer Garson.

While 11 different actresses have received 3 consecutive Oscar nominations, only two of them have received 3 consecutive Supporting Actress nominations: Glenn Close, nominated from 1982 to 1984 and Thelma Ritter, nominated four straight years from 1950 to 1953.  Of the other nine, 7 of them were for Actress, Jennifer Jones received the second of four straight nominations for Supporting in 1944 and Renee Zellwegger got her third straight nomination with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2003.

Grade – Winners: A- (overall: A-) / Nominees: B+ (overall: B+) / Seen: 100% (overall 97.53% 99.73% all but The Blue Veil)

Honor Roll: Kinsey / I’m Not There / Gone Baby Gone

Shame Roll: Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough

(blue won Best Picture, red was nominated for Best Picture, purple received no other nominations)

(because Academy rules limit an actress to one nomination in a category in any given year, I do as well, but if they gave another performance that made my top 5, I note that as “also for”)

1970 AA: Helen Hayes in Airport

  • Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces
  • Maureen Stapleton in Airport
  • Sally Kellerman in M*A*S*H
  • Lee Grant in The Landlord

me: Sally Kellerman in M*A*S*H

  • Bibi Andersson in The Passion of Anna
  • Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces
  • Helen Hayes in Airport
  • Jennie Lindon in Women in Love

1971 AA: Cloris Leachman in The Last Picture Show

  • Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show
  • Barbara Harris in Who is Harry Kellerman, and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
  • Margaret Leighton in The Go-Between
  • Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge

me: Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show

  • Cloris Leachman in The Last Picture Show
  • Eileen Brennan in The Last Picture Show
  • Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge
  • Margaret Leighton in The Go-Between

1972 AA: Eileen Heckart in Butterflies are Free

  • Jeannie Berlin in The Heartbreak Kid
  • Geraldine Page in Pete ‘N’ Tillie
  • Susan Tyrrell in Fat City
  • Shelley Winters in The Poseidon Adventure

me: the same except I give the win to Jeannie Berlin

1973 AA: Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon

  • Linda Blair in The Exorcist
  • Candy Clark in American Graffiti
  • Madeline Kahn in Paper Moon
  • Sylvia Sidney in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

me: Harriet Andersson in Cries and Whispers

  • Kari Sylwan in Cries and Whispers
  • Linda Blair in The Exorcist
  • Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon
  • Candy Clark in American Graffiti

1974 AA: Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express

  • Talia Shire in The Godfather Part II
  • Valentina Cortese in Day for Night
  • Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles
  • Diane Ladd in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

me: Valentina Cortese in Day for Night

  • Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express
  • Talia Shire in The Godfather Part II
  • Diane Ladd in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  • Isela Vega in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

note:  Bergman herself felt that Cortese should have won, saying at the podium “Last year when Day for Night opened, Valentina Cortese gave the most beautiful performance that all we actresses recognized … Please forgive me, Valentina.  I didn’t mean to.”

1975 AA: Lee Grant in Shampoo

  • Ronee Blakely in Nashville
  • Lily Tomlin in Nashville
  • Sylvia Miles in Farewell, My Lovely
  • Brenda Vaccaro in Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough

me: Lee Grant in Shampoo

  • Lily Tomlin in Nashville
  • Karen Black in Day of the Locust
  • Ronee Blakely in Nashville
  • Faye Dunaway in Three Days of the Condor

1976 AA: Beatrice Straight in Network

  • Jane Alexander in All the President’s Men
  • Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
  • Lee Grant in Voyage of the Damned
  • Piper Laurie in Carrie

me: the same except Jodie Foster is the winner

1977 AA: Vanessa Redgrave in Julia

  • Leslie Browne in The Turning Point
  • Quinn Cummings in The Goodbye Girl
  • Melinda Dillon in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Tuesday Weld in Looking for Mr. Goodbar

me: Vanessa Redgrave in Julia

  • Melinda Dillon in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Sissy Spacek in Three Women
  • Quinn Cummings in The Goodbye Girl
  • Eileen Atkins in Equus

1978 AA: Maggie Smith in California Suite

  • Meryl Streep in The Deer Hunter
  • Dyan Cannon in Heaven Can Wait
  • Penelope Milford in Coming Home
  • Maureen Stapleton in Interiors

me: Maggie Smith in California Suite (also for Death on the Nile)

  • Meryl Streep in The Deer Hunter
  • Maureen Stapleton in Interiors
  • Penelope Milford in Coming Home
  • Brooke Shields for Pretty Baby

1979 AA: Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

  • Jane Alexander in Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Barbara Barrie in Breaking Away
  • Candice Bergen in Starting Over
  • Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan

me: Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer (also for Manhattan and The Seduction of Joe Tynan)

  • Shirley MacLaine in Being There
  • Barbara Barrie in Breaking Away
  • Jane Alexander in Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Eva Mattes in Woyzeck

1980 AA: Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard

  • Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull
  • Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin
  • Eva Le Gallienne in Resurrection
  • Diana Scarwid in Inside Moves

me: Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull

  • Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard
  • Setsuko Hara in No Regrets for Our Youth
  • Diana Scarwid in Inside Moves
  • Elizabeth McGovern in Ordinary People

1981 AA: Maureen Stapleton in Reds

  • Jane Fonda in On Golden Pond
  • Melinda Dillon in Absence of Malice
  • Joan Hackett in Only When I Laugh
  • Elizabeth McGovern in Ragtime

me: Maureen Stapleton in Reds

  • Elizabeth McGovern in Ragtime
  • Helen Mirren in Excalibur
  • Jane Fonda in On Golden Pond
  • Melinda Dillon in Absence of Malice

1982 AA: Jessica Lange in Tootsie

  • Teri Garr in Tootsie
  • Kim Stanley in Frances
  • Glenn Close in The World According to Garp
  • Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria

me: Jessica Lange in Tootsie

  • Teri Garr in Tootsie
  • Kim Stanley in Frances
  • Helen Mirren in The Long Good Friday
  • Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria

1983 AA: Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously

  • Glenn Close in The Big Chill
  • Cher in Silkwood
  • Amy Irving in Yentl
  • Alfred Woodard in Cross Creek

me: Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously

  • Glenn Close in The Big Chill
  • Harriet Andersson in Fanny and Alexander
  • Cher in Silkwood
  • Sandra Bernhard in The King of Comedy

1984 AA: Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India

  • Lindsay Crouse in Places in the Heart
  • Glenn Close in The Natural
  • Christine Lahti in Swing Shift
  • Geraldine Page in The Pope of Greenwich Village

me: Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India

  • Elizabeth Berridge in Amadeus
  • Susannah Hamilton in 1984
  • Lena Olin in After the Rehearsal
  • Christine Lahti in Swing Shift

1985 AA: Anjelica Huston in Prizzi’s Honor

  • Margaret Avery in The Color Purple
  • Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple
  • Amy Madigan in Twice in a Lifetime
  • Meg Tilly in Agnes of God

me: Mieko Harada in Ran

  • Anjelica Huston in Prizzi’s Honor
  • Margaret Avery in The Color Purple
  • Liz Smith in A Private Function
  • Sonia Braga in Kiss of the Spider Woman

1986 AA: Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters

  • Maggie Smith in A Room with a View
  • Piper Laurie in Children of a Lesser God
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in The Color of Money
  • Tess Harper in Crimes of the Heart

me: Maggie Smith in A Room with a View

  • Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Cathy Tyson in Mona Lisa
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in The Color of Money
  • Piper Laurie in Children of a Lesser God

note:  This is one of those years where I am almost forced to flip a coin between two absolutely amazing performances.

1987 AA: Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck

  • Anne Archer in Fatal Attraction
  • Norma Aleandro in Gaby – A True Story
  • Anne Ramsey in Throw Momma from the Train
  • Ann Sothern in The Whales of August

me: Kathy Baker in Street Smart

  • Vanessa Redgrave in Prick Up Your Ears
  • Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck
  • Sarah Miles in Hope and Glory
  • Norma Aleandro in Gaby – A True Story

1988 AA: Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist

  • Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons
  • Frances McDormand in Mississippi Burning
  • Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl
  • Joan Cusack in Working Girl

me: Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons

  • Frances McDormand in Mississippi Burning
  • Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist
  • Diane Venora in Bird
  • Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1989 AA: Brenda Fricker in My Left Foot

  • Dianne Wiest in Parenthood
  • Anjelica Huston in Enemies, A Love Story
  • Lena Olin in Enemies, A Love Story
  • Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias

me: Brenda Fricker in My Left Foot

  • Anjelica Huston in Enemies, A Love Story
  • Dianne Wiest in Parenthood
  • Bridget Fonda in Scandal
  • Laura San Giacomo in sex, lies, and videotape

1990 AA: Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost

  • Mary McDonnell in Dances with Wolves
  • Lorraine Bracco in GoodFellas
  • Diane Ladd in Wild at Heart
  • Annette Bening in The Grifters

me: Lorraine Bracco in GoodFellas

  • Annette Bening in The Grifters
  • Bonnie Bedelia in Presumed Innocent
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Mary McDonnell in Dances with Wolves

note:  In the first 54 years of this category only once (1965) did I not think the actual Oscar winner one of the 5 best performances of the year.  But 1990 begins a stretch that has some truly awful choices.

1991 AA: Mercedes Ruehl in The Fisher King

  • Kate Nelligan in The Prince of Tides
  • Diane Ladd in Rambling Rose
  • Juliette Lewis in Cape Fear
  • Jessica Tandy in Fried Green Tomatoes

me: Mercedes Ruehl in The Fisher King

  • Judy Davis in Naked Lunch and Barton Fink
  • Jane Horrocks in Life is Sweet
  • Annette Bening in Guilty by Suspicion
  • Kate Nelligan in The Prince of Tides

1992 AA: Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny

  • Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End
  • Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives
  • Joan Plowright in Enchanted April
  • Miranda Richardson in Damage

me: Miranda Richardson in The Crying Game (also for Damage)

  • Frances Fisher in Unforgiven
  • Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives
  • Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End
  • Joan Plowright in Enchanted April

note:  Years later, it was great to see Marisa Tomei almost earn her earlier Oscar with her performances in In the Bedroom, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and The Wrestler.  But that doesn’t change how ridiculously absurd a choice this was.

1993 AA: Anna Paquin in The Piano

  • Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father
  • Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence
  • Holly Hunter in The Firm
  • Rosie Perez in Fearless

me: Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence

  • Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father
  • Anna Paquin in The Piano
  • Gong Li in Farewell, My Concubine
  • Embeth Davidtz in Schindler’s List

1994 AA: Dianne Wiest in Bullets over Broadway

  • Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
  • Jennifer Tilly in Bullets over Broadway
  • Rosemary Harris in Tom & Viv
  • Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George

me: Dianne Wiest in Bullets over Broadway

  • Kristin Scott-Thomas in Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
  • Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire
  • Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George

1995 AA: Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite

  • Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility
  • Kathleen Quinlan in Apollo 13
  • Joan Allen in Nixon
  • Mare Winningham in Georgia

me: Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility

  • Joan Allen in Nixon
  • Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite
  • Anjelica Huston in The Crossing Guard
  • Ileana Douglas in To Die For

1996 AA: Juliette Binoche in The English Patient

  • Marianne-Jean Baptiste in Secrets and Lies
  • Joan Allen in The Crucible
  • Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • Barbara Hershey in The Portrait of a Lady

me: Kate Winslet in Hamlet

  • Juliette Binoche in The English Patient
  • Joan Allen in The Crucible
  • Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls
  • Courteney Love in The People vs. Larry Flynt

1997 AA: Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential

  • Gloria Stuart in Titanic
  • Minnie Driver in Good Will Hunting
  • Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights
  • Joan Cusack in In and Out

me: Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights

  • Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm
  • Joan Cusack in In and Out
  • Sarah Polley in The Sweet Hereafter
  • Christina Ricci in The Ice Storm

1998 AA: Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love

  • Lynn Redgrave in Gods and Monsters
  • Rachel Griffiths in Hillary and Jackie
  • Brenda Blythyn in Little Voice
  • Kathy Bates in Primary Colors

me: Kathy Bates in Primary Colors

  • Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love
  • Lisa Kudrow in The Opposite of Sex
  • Joan Allen in Pleasantville
  • Julianne Moore in The Big Lebowski

note:  I don’t know why people complain about Dench’s Oscar for such short screen time.  If you can make your presence that forcefully known in so little time, it speaks even more highly for your Oscar.

1999 AA: Angelina Jolie in Girl Interrupted

  • Toni Collette in The Sixth Sense
  • Samantha Morten in Sweet and Lowdown
  • Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry
  • Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich

me: Samantha Morten in Sweet and Lowdown

  • Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich
  • Toni Collette in The Sixth Sense
  • Julianne Moore in Magnolia
  • Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich

2000 AA: Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock

  • Judi Dench in Chocolat
  • Frances McDormand in Almost Famous
  • Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
  • Julie Walters in Billy Elliot

me: Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Frances McDormand in Almost Famous (also for Wonder Boys)
  • Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
  • Julie Walters in Billy Elliot
  • Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock

2001 AA: Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind

  • Helen Mirren in Gosford Park
  • Maggie Smith in Gosford Park
  • Marisa Tomei in In the Bedroom
  • Kate Winslet in Iris

me: Helen Mirren in Gosford Park

  • Marisa Tomei in In the Bedroom
  • Cameron Diaz in Vanilla Sky
  • Cate Blanchett in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Maggie Smith in Gosford Park

2002 AA: Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago

  • Queen Latifah in Chicago
  • Julianne Moore in The Hours
  • Kathy Bates in About Schmidt
  • Meryl Streep in Adaptation

me: Meryl Streep in Adaptation

  • Julianne Moore in The Hours
  • Kathy Bates in About Schmidt
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago
  • Toni Collette in About a Boy

2003 AA: Renee Zelwegger in Cold Mountain

  • Marcia Gay Harden in Mystic River
  • Shoreh Aghedsheloo in House of Sand and Fog
  • Patricia Clarkson in Pieces of April
  • Holly Hunter in Thirteen

me: Sarah Bolger in In America

  • Hope Davis in American Splendor
  • Miranda Otto in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Marcia Gay Harden in Mystic River
  • Patricia Clarkson in The Station Agent

2004 AA: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

  • Virginia Madsen in Sideways
  • Sophie Okonedo in Hotel Rwanda
  • Laura Linney in Kinsey
  • Natalie Portman in Closer

me: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

  • Natalie Portman in Closer
  • Laura Linney in Kinsey
  • Meryl Streep in The Manchurian Candidate
  • Sophie Okonedo in Hotel Rwanda

2005 AA: Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener

  • Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain
  • Catherine Keener in Capote
  • Frances McDormand in North Country
  • Amy Adams in Junebug

me: Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain

  • Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener
  • Maria Bello in A History of Violence
  • Anne Hathaway in Brokeback Mountain
  • Gong Li in Memoirs of a Geisha

2006 AA: Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls

  • Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine
  • Adriana Barazza in Babel
  • Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
  • Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal

me: Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls

  • Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
  • Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (also for Babel)
  • Emma Thompson in Stranger Than Fiction
  • Adriana Barazza in Babel

2007 AA: Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

  • Saorise Ronan in Atonement
  • Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There
  • Ruby Dee in American Gangster
  • Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone

me: Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There

  • Saorise Ronan in Atonement
  • Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton
  • Romola Garai in Atonement
  • Marisa Tomei in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

2008 AA: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Amy Adams in Doubt
  • Viola Davis in Doubt
  • Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

me: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Hiam Abbass in The Visitor
  • Viola Davis in Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
  • Debra Winger in Rachel Getting Married

2009 AA:

  • Mo’Nique in Precious
  • Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
  • Penelope Cruz in Nine
  • Maggie Gyllenhall in Crazy Heart

me:  Mo’Nique in Precious

  • Julianne Moore in A Single Man
  • Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
  • Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds
  • Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air

Honorary Mentions:

  • 1996: Sophie Thompson in Emma
  • 1999: Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry
  • 2001: Kate Winslet in Iris
  • 2003: Shoreh Aghedsheloo in House of Sand and Fog
  • 2004: Virginia Madsen in Sideways
  • 2007: Olympia Dukakis in Away from Her

My top point earners for Best Supporting Actress are Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Bibi Andersson, one of Ingmar Bergman’s regulars.  They all earn 240 points with 3 wins out of 5 nominations for Smith and Andersson and 2 wins out of 6 nominations for Streep.  Next up is Cate Blanchett with 2 wins out of 5 nominations.  They are followed by Angela Lansbury, Gloria Grahame and Julianne Moore with 180 points (2 wins out of 4 nominations for Lansbury, 1 win out of 5 nominations for Grahame and Moore).

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