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The Top 25 Best Supporting Actress Winners So Far

We’re back at it! Continuing a tradition I’ve been keen on for years, I’m ranking the new crop of Academy Award winners. For nearly all of the Oscar categories, you’ll see me list the top 25 recipients of that prize. Sometimes, our newest winner will appear. Other times, they’ll be relegated to the Honorable Mention category. Who knows, maybe one or two won’t even make the cut? It’s a list series that I’ll do each and every single year, in the weeks after the ceremony concludes. So, while this is a fun way to think about the Oscars in the aftermath of the latest telecast, it’s also a beginning for another column here on the site. Of course, definitely show us your own lists as well, in the comments section below. We’re definitely keen to know what you think!

This week, it’s Best Supporting Actress time. Some years, it’s an embarrassment of riches in the category. Other years, it can lag behind. Regardless, the winners are a wide assortment of some of the best the business has to offer. Spoiler alert: I have a controversial number one pick, in that I rank Marisa Tomei‘s turn in My Cousin Vinny as the best of the Supporting Actress Oscar winners. It remains one of the best things that the Academy Awards have ever done. Where does our newest winner Youn Yuh-jung rank? Find out below…

Here are what I consider to be the 25 best winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, to date:

25. Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

24. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck)

23. Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

22. Dianne Wiest (Bullets over Broadway)

21. Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind)

20. Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker)

19. Beatrice Straight (Network)

18. Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer)

17. Viola Davis (Fences)

16. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)

15. Ruth Gordon (Rosemary’s Baby)

14. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

13. Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)

12. Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)

11. Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon)

10. Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show)

9. Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

8. Mo’Nique (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire)

7. Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite)

6. Rita Moreno (West Side Story)

5. Anna Paquin (The Piano)

4. Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront)

3. Dianne Wiest (Hannah and her Sisters)

2. Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire)

1. Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny)

Honorable Mention: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Josephine Hull (Harvey), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

Stay tuned for another category later on this week or early next week!


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  1. Another great job…some interesting and surprising choices. I had a hard time with this one. My top 25 of nominees that didn’t win would be a better list I think but there were some great performances to choose from. More than 35 great ones.

    1. Cloris Leachman – Last Picture Show, The
    2. Olympia Dukakis – Moonstruck
    3. Dianne Weist – Hannah and Her Sisters
    4. Ruth Gordon – Rosemary’s Baby
    5. Jo Van Fleet – East of Eden
    6. Meryl Streep – Kramer vs Kramer
    7. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
    8. Dianne Weist – Bullets Over Broadway
    9. Whoopi Goldberg – Ghost
    10. Estelle Parsons – Bonnie and Clyde
    11. Kim Hunter – A Streetcare Named Desire
    12. Kim Basinger – LA Confidential
    13. Monique – Precious
    14. Marisa Tomei – My Cousin Vinny
    15. Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton
    16. Lupita Nyongo – 12 Years a Slave
    17. Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
    18. Mary Steenburgen – Melvin and Howard
    19. Eva Marie Saint – On the Waterfront
    20. Viola Davis – Fences
    21. Laura Dern – Marriage Story
    22. Rachel Weisz – Constant Gardener, The
    23. Catherine Zeta Jones – Chicago
    24. Anjelica Huston – Prizzi’s Honor
    25. Penelope Cruz – Vicky Christina Barcelona
    H/M – Blanchett (Aviator), Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Dennis (Who’s Afraid..), Hunt (Year of Living…), Janney (I, Tonya), Jolie (Girl, Interrupted), McDaniel (Gone with the Wind), Moreno (West Side Story), Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Spencer (Help, The)

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