Who Should've Won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

by Raff_Stardust | created - 01 Oct 2015 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

My personal choices for who should've won the Oscar in the category, the other nominees are ranked in order of preference too, an * denotes the actual winners.

Haven't seen every single nominated performance, it will be updated from time to time, just like my other lists.

My ranking is based on what the performance entails, not the Oscar favourite of a certain year, or the overdue or anything else, is just based on its own merits.

Feel free to make comments

1. Jack Oakie

Actor | The Great Dictator

"America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the...

1940. The Great Dictator

. James Stephenson, The Letter . Albert Basserman, Foreign Correspondent

2. Claude Rains

Actor | Casablanca

William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...

1943. Casablanca

. Akim Tamiroff, For Whom the Bells Tolls . Charles Bickford, The Song of Bernadette

3. Harold Russell

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on...

1946. The Best Years of Our Lives *** (right choice!!!)

. Clifton Webb, The Razor's Edge . Claude Rains, Notorious

4. Eddie Albert

Actor | Roman Holiday

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Eddie Albert was a circus trapeze flier before becoming a stage and radio actor. He made his film debut in 1938 and has worked steadily since, often cast as the friendly, good-natured buddy of the hero but occasionally being cast as a villain; one of his ...

1953. Roman Holiday

. Jack Palance, Shane . Brandon De Wilde, Shane . Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity *** (actual winner)

5. Karl Malden

Actor | A Streetcar Named Desire

Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when...

1954. On the Waterfront

. Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront . Rod Steiger, On the Waterfront

6. Burl Ives

Actor | The Big Country

Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College ...

1958. The Big Country *** (right choice!!)

. Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running . Theodore Bikel, The Defiant Ones

7. Arthur O'Connell

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

Though veteran character actor Arthur O'Connell was born in New York City in 1908, he looked as countrified as apple pie, looking ever more comfy in overalls than he ever did in a suit. He made his stage debut in the mid 1930s and came into contact with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. As a result, ...

1959. Anatomy of a Murder

. George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder . Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank . Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur *** (actual winner)

8. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

1962. Lawrence of Arabia

. Victor Buono, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? . Telly Savalas, Birdman of Alcatraz . Ed Begley, Sweet Bird of Youth *** (actual winner)

9. George Segal

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, to Fannie Blanche (Bodkin) and George Segal, Sr., a malt and hop agent. All of his grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his...

1966. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

. James Mason, Georgy Girl . Robert Shaw, A Man for All Seasons

10. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

1967. Bonnie & Clyde

. Michael J Pollard, Bonnie & Clyde . Cecil Kellaway, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

11. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

1969. Easy Rider

. Elliot Gould, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice . Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don't They ? *** (actual winner)

12. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

1971. The Last Picture Show

. Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show *** (actual winner) . Roy Schneider, The French Connection

13. Joel Grey

Actor | Cabaret

Joel Grey's father, Mickey Katz, created "Borscht Capades" in the early 1950s. Mickey Katz was a musician -- a clarinetist and a saxophone player -- in bands around the east. Mickey was performing, playing in a band in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where Joel Grey was born. Musician and bandleader ...

1972. Cabaret *** (right choice)

. Al Pacino, The Godfather . Robert Duvall, The Godfather . James Caan, The Godfather . Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid

Lineup completed.

14. Robert De Niro

Actor | Cape Fear

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

1974. The Godfather Part II *** (right choice!!!)

. Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II . Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II

15. Brad Dourif

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...

1975. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

. Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon . Jack Warden, Shampoo

16. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

1976. All the Presidents Men *** (right choice!!!)

. Burgess Meredith, Rocky . Ned Beatty, Network . Burt Young, Rocky

17. Maximilian Schell

Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg

Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...

1977. Julia

. Alec Guinness, Star Wars . Jason Robards, Julia *** (actual winner)

18. Christopher Walken

Actor | Hairspray

Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978), and has been seen in mostly character roles, often ...

1978. The Deer Hunter *** (right choice!!)

. Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait . Bruce Dern, Coming Home

19. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

1979. Apocalypse Now

. Frederic Forrest, The Rose . Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer . Melvyn Douglas, Being There *** (actual winner)

20. Joe Pesci

Actor | Goodfellas

Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids"....

1980. Raging Bull

. Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People *** (actual winner) . Jason Robards, Melvin and Howard . Judd Hirsch, Ordinary People

21. Robert Preston

Actor | The Music Man

American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking ...

1982. Victor Victoria

. John Lithgow, The World According to Garp . James Mason, The Verdict . Louis Gossett Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman *** (actual winner)

22. Michael Caine

Actor | The Dark Knight

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

1986. Hannah and Her Sisters *** (right choice!!!)

. Denholm Elliot, A Room with a View . Willem Dafoe, Platoon . Tom Berenger, Platoon

23. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...

1988. Running on Empty

. Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda *** (actual winner) . Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob

24. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

1989. Crimes and Misdemeanors

. Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing . Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy

25. Ralph Fiennes

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...

1993. Schindler's List

. Leonardo DiCaprio, What's Eating Gilbert Grape . Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father

26. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

1994. Ed Wood *** (right choice!!)

. Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction . Chazz Palminteri, Bullets Over Broadway . Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump . Paul Scofield, Quiz Show

Lineup completed.

27. James Cromwell

Actor | The Green Mile

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from ...

1995. Babe

. Brad Pitt, Twelve Monkeys . Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects *** (actual winner) . Ed Harris, Apollo 13

28. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

1996. Shine

. William H. Macy, Fargo . Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire *** (actual winner)

29. Robert Forster

Actor | Jackie Brown

Robert Forster was born Robert Wallace Foster, Jr. in Rochester, New York, to Grace Dorothy (Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Foster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer and baking supply company executive. He is of English, Irish, and Italian descent. Forster first become interested in acting ...

1997. Jackie Brown

. Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights . Greg Kinnear, As Good as it Gets . Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting *** (actual winner)

30. Jude Law

Actor | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Jude Law is an English actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca (1997) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes:...

1999. The Talented Mr. Ripley

. Tom Cruise, Magnolia . Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile . Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense . Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules *** (actual winner)

Lineup completed.

31. Albert Finney

Actor | Erin Brockovich

The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...

2000. Erin Brockovich

. Benicio del Toro, Traffic *** (actual winner) . Jeff Bridges, The Contender . Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator

32. Chris Cooper

Actor | Adaptation.

Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised.

Educated at the University of Missouri school of ...

2002. Adaptation. *** (right choice!!)

. Paul Newman, Road to Perdition . Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can . John C. Reilly, Chicago . Ed Harris, The Hours

Lineup completed.

33. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

...

2003. 21 Grams

. Djimon Hounsou, In America . Tim Robbins, Mystic River *** (actual winner)

34. Thomas Haden Church

Actor | Sideways

Thomas Haden Church was born Thomas Richard McMillen in Yolo, California, to Maxine (Sanders) and Carlos Richard McMillen, who was a U.S. marine and surveyor. He was raised in Texas. His mother remarried George Quesada, a widowed WWII veteran who served in Guam, in 1969. He adopted this surname ...

2004. Sideways

. Jamie Foxx, Collateral . Clive Owen, Closer . Alan Alda, The Aviator . Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby *** (actual winner)

Lineup completed.

35. Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor | Nightcrawler

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...

2005. Brokeback Mountain

. William Hurt, A History of Violence . George Clooney, Syriana *** (actual winner) . Matt Dillon, Crash

36. Jackie Earle Haley

Actor | Watchmen

Jackie Earle Haley was born on July 14, 1961 in Northridge, California, USA as Jack Earle Haley. He is an actor and director, known for Watchmen (2009), Little Children (2006) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He has been married to Amelia Cruz since August 6, 2004. He was previously married to...

2006. Little Children

. Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine *** (actual winner) . Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls . Mark Wahlberg, The Departed . Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

Lineup completed.

37. Casey Affleck

Actor | Gone Baby Gone

An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple projects.

Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and ...

2007. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

. Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men *** (actual winner) . Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild . Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War . Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Lineup completed.

38. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

2008. The Dark Knight *** (right choice!!)

. Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder . Josh Brolin, Milk . Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road . Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Lineup completed.

39. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

2009. Inglourious Basterds *** (right choice!!)

. Christopher Plummer, The Last Station . Matt Damon, Invictus . Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

40. Mark Ruffalo

Actor | The Kids Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...

2010. The Kids Are All Right

. John Hawkes, Winter's Bone . Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech . Christian Bale, The Fighter *** (actual winner) . Jeremy Renner, The Town

Lineup completed.

41. Jonah Hill

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon Feldstein (née Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. He is the brother of music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from ...

2011. Moneyball

. Christopher Plummer, Beginners *** (actual winner) . Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close . Nick Nolte, Warrior . Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Lineup completed

42. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

2012. Django Unchained *** (right choice!!)

. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln . Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master . Alan Arkin, Argo . Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Lineup completed.

43. Jonah Hill

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon Feldstein (née Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. He is the brother of music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from ...

2013. The Wolf of Wall Street

. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave . Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips . Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club *** (actual winner) . Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Lineup completed.

44. Edward Norton

Actor | Keeping the Faith

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

2014. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher . Ethan Hawke, Boyhood . J.K. Simmons, Whiplash *** (actual winner) . Robert Duvall, The Judge

Lineup completed.

45. Mark Rylance

Actor | Bridge of Spies

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Sir Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of ...

2015. Bridge of Spies *** (right choice!!)

. Tom Hardy, The Revenant . Sylvester Stallone, Creed . Christian Bale, The Big Short . Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Lineup completed.

46. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

2016. Hell or High Water

. Dev Patel, Lion . Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals . Mahershala Ali, Moonlight *** (actual winner) . Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Lineup completed.

47. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...

2017. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri *** (right choice!!!)

. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri . Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project . Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water . Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Lineup completed.

48. Mahershala Ali

Actor | House of Cards

Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.

This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...

2018. Green Book

. Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? . Adam Driver, BlackKklansman . Sam Elliot, A Star is Born . Sam Rockwell, Vice



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