Regina King just won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a mother determined to help her pregnant daughter clear her boyfriend’s name in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” It was an especially sweet victory, considering the Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner overcame snubs at SAG and BAFTA on her way to the podium. She became the 83rd person in history to clinch that prize, beating out Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina de Tavira (“Roma”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”). Tour our photo gallery above of every Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress, from the most recent winner to the very first one.
The supporting categories were added in 1936 at the ninth Academy Awards, with Gale Sondergaard (“Anthony Adverse”) claiming the first victory in Best Supporting Actress. Initially, winners were given plaques instead of gold statuettes, but starting with Katina Paxinou (“For Whom the Bell Tolls”) in 1943, they were given full-sized Oscars.
Since 1936, only two performers have received two Best Supporting Actress trophies. The first was Shelley Winters, who won for “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959) and “A Patch of Blue” (1965). The second was Dianne Wiest, who triumphed for a pair of Woody Allen comedies: “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994).
Among age superlatives, Peggy Ashcroft (“A Passage to India” in 1984) is the oldest winner in the category at 77, while 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal (“Paper Moon” in 1973) is the youngest.
Take a look back at every Best Supporting Actor winner at the Oscars, and see if your favorite performances were up to the Academy’s standards.
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