Oscar: Women (Best Actresses and Supporting Actresses) by Year

Updated May 2020: 92 years

The Best Supporting Actress category was established in 1936.

Of the 82 actresses who have won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, the vast majority (69) have received the award at their first nomination.

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Best Actress:


Supporting Actress:

Shelley Winters, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, and Cate Blanchett, among others, belong to that category.


1928: Janet Gaynor

1929: Mary Astor, Coquette


1930: Norma Shearer, The Divorcee

1931: Marie Dressler, Min and Bill

1932: Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

1933: Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory

1934: Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night

1935: Bette Davis, Dangerous

1936: Luise Rainer, Great Ziegfeld; Gale Sondergaard, Anthony Adverse

1937: Luise Rainer, Good Earth; Alice Brady, In Old Chicag0

1938: Bette Davis, Jezebel, Fay Bainter, Jezebel

1939: Vivien Leigh; Gone With the Wind; Hattie McDaniel, Gone With the Wind


1940: Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle; Jane Darwell, The Grapes of Wrath

1941: Joan Fontaine, Suspicion; Mary Astor, The Great Lie

1942: Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver; Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver

1943: Jennifer Jones, Katine Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls

1944: Ingrid Bergman; Gaslight; Ethel Barrymore, None But the Lonely Heart

1945: Anne Revere, National Velvet

1946: Olivia De Havilland, To Each His Own; Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge

1947: Celeste Holme, Gentleman’s Agreement

1948: Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda; Claire Trevor, Key Largo

1949: Mercedes McCambrdige, All the King’s Men


1950: Judy Holliday; Born Yesterday; Josephine Hull, Harvey

1951: Vivien Leigh; A Streetcar Named Desire; Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire

1952: Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba; Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

1953: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday; Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity

1954: Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront

1955: Jo Van Fleet, East of Eden

1956: Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia; Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind

1957: Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara

1958: Susan Hayward, I Want to Live!; Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables

1959: Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

1960s: 10

1960: Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8! Shirley Jones, Elmer Gantry

1961: Rita Moreno, West Side Story

1962: Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker; Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker

1963: Patricia Neal, Hud; Margaret Rutherford, The V.I.P.’s

1964: Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins; Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek

1965: Shelley Winters, A Patch of Blue

1966: Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Sandy Dennis, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967: Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde

1968: Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter; Brabra Streisand, Funny Girl (Tie); Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby

1969: Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower


1970: Helen Hayes, Airport

1971: Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

1972: Eileen Heckart, Butterflies Are Free

1973: Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon

1974: Ellen Burstyn; Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; Ingrid Bergman, Murder on the Orient Express

1975: Lee Grant, Shampoo

1976: Faye Dunaway, Network; Beatrice Straight, Network

1977: Vanessa Redgrave, Julia

1978: Maggie Smith, California Suite

1979: Sally Field, Norma Rae; Meryl Streep, Kramer Vs. Kramer


1980: Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard

1981: Maureen Stapleton, Reds

1982: Jessica Lange, Tootsie

1983: Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously

1984: Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

1985: Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

1986: Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

1987: Cher, Moonstruck; Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck

1988: Jodie Foster, The Accused; Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist

1989: Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot



1990: Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost

1991: Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King

1992: Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny

1993: Anna Paquin, The Piano

1994: Diane Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway

1995: Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite

1996: Juliette Binoche, The English Patient

1997: Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential

1998: Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love

1999: Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted


2000: Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock

2001: Jenniffer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind

2002: Nicole Kidman, The Hours; Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

2003: Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain

2004: Cate Blanchette, The Aviator

2005: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

2006: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

2007: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

2008: Penelope Cruz, Vicki, Cristina, Barcelona

2009: Mo’ Nique, Precious


2010: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

2011: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady; Octavia Spencer, The Help

2012: Jennifer Lawrence, Silverlinings Handbook; Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

2013: Lupita N’Yong, 12 Years a Slave

2014: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

2015: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

2017: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

2018: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

2019: Renee Zellweger, Judy; Laura Dern, Marriage Story



Best Actress: In 92 years, 77 women have won the Best Actress; some multiple times.

Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters and Diane Wiest have won two Best Supporting Actress Oscars.