By John H. Foote

Part III and again, same drill, no group doing the choosing just me. This is among my favourite categories because so many stars have been born out of it, just as so many one-win wonders have come and gone. I have no trouble nominating multiple actors from the same film, and in one year, no less than seven actors get the nod for supporting, five from a single film with a single winner.

Bizarre? Too bad, it is what I thought should have happened and each one was deserving.

Again, I found it interesting how many great performances the Academy honoured just as there are a huge amount of missed performances, in some cases, missed performances that deserved to win.

Here we go….

  • Chief Dan George in Little Big Man
  • Richard Castellano in Lovers and Other Strangers
  • John Marley in Love Story
  • John Mills in Ryan’s Daughter*
  • Robert Duvall in M*A*S*H
  • Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show*
  • Jeff Bridges in The Last Picture Show
  • Roy Scheider in The French Connection
  • Bruce Dern in Drive He Said
  • Tom Baker in Nicholas and Alexandra
  • James Caan in The Godfather
  • Robert Duvall in The Godfather
  • Richard Castellano in The Godfather
  • Joel Grey in Cabaret*
  • Jack Albertson in The Poseidon Adventure
  • Max Von Sydow in The Exorcist
  • Jason Miller in The Exorcist
  • Charlie Martin Smith in American Graffiti
  • Paul LeMat in American Graffiti*
  • Randy Quaid in The Last Detail

  • Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II*
  • Robert Duvall in The Godfather Part II
  • John Cazale in The Godfather Part II
  • Lee Strasberg in The Godfather Part II
  • Michael V. Gazzo in The Godfather Part II
  • John Huston in Chinatown
  • Bruce Dern in The Great Gatsby
  • Brad Dourif in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Will Sampson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Chris Sarandon in Dog Day Afternoon
  • Robert Shaw in Jaws*
  • Burgess Meredith in The Day of the Locust
  • Jason Robards in All the President’s Men*
  • Burgess Meredith in Rocky
  • Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man
  • Peter Finch in Network
  • Robert Duvall in Network
  • Jason Robards in Julia
  • Francois Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Alec Guinness in Star Wars
  • Peter Firth in Equus*
  • Harrison Ford in Heroes
  • Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter
  • John Savage in The Deer Hunter
  • Bruce Dern in Coming Home*
  • John Hurt in Midnight Express
  • Jack Warden in Heaven Can Wait
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now
  • Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now*
  • Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Melvyn Douglas in Being There
  • Fredric Forrest in The Rose
  • Joe Pesci in Raging Bull*
  • Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People
  • Jason Robards in Melvin and Howard
  • Michael Caine in Dressed to Kill
  • Michael O’Keefe in The Great Santini
  • John Gielgud in Arthur
  • Jack Nicholson in Reds*
  • Howard Rollins in Ragtime
  • Mandy Patinkin in Ragtime
  • Robert De Niro in True Confessions
  • Robert Preston in Victor-Victoria*
  • John Lithgow in The World According to Garp
  • Kevin Kline in Sophie’s Choice
  • Lou Gossett in An Officer and a Gentleman
  • James Mason in The Verdict
  • Ed Harris in The Right Stuff
  • Sam Shepard in The Right Stuff
  • Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy
  • Jack Nicholson in Terms of Endearment*
  • Gene Hackman in Under Fire

  • Jeffrey Jones in Amadeus
  • John Malkovich in Places in the Heart*
  • Danny Glover in Places in the Heart
  • Ralph Richardson in Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan
  • John Lone in Iceman
  • Pat Morita in The Karate Kid
  • Eric Stoltz in Mask
  • Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future
  • Klaus Maria Brandeur in Out of Africa*
  • William Hickey in Prizzi’s Honor
  • Eric Roberts in Runaway Train
  • Tom Berenger in Platoon
  • Willem Dafoe in Platoon
  • Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet*
  • MIchael Caine in Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Tom Cruise in The Color of Money
  • Ray Liotta in Something Wild
  • Morgan Freeman in Street Smart*
  • Robert De Niro in Angel Heart
  • Sean Connery in The Untouchables
  • Denzel Washington in Cry Freedom
  • Vincent D’Nofrio in Full Metal Jacket
  • Dean Stockwell in Married to the Mob*
  • River Phoenix in Running on Empty
  • Tim Robbins in Bull Durham
  • Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda
  • Martin Landau in Tucker – The Man and His Dream
  • Denzel Washington in Glory*
  • Morgan Freeman in Glory
  • Dan Ackroyd in Driving Miss Daisy
  • Jack Nicholson in Batman
  • Martin Landau in Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Graham Greene in Dances with Wolves*
  • Joe Pesci in GoodFellas
  • Paul Sorvino in GoodFellas
  • Al Pacino in Dick Tracy
  • Bruce Davison in Longtime Companion
  • Ben Kingsley in Bugsy
  • Tommy Lee Jones in JFK*
  • Joe Pesci in JFK
  • Robert Duvall in Rambling Rose
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Jungle Fever
  • Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men
  • Gene Hackman in Unforgiven*
  • Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
  • Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game
  • Forest Whitaker in The Crying Game
  • Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List*
  • Ben Kingsley in Schindler’s List
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
  • Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive
  • Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale
  • Gary Sinise in Forrest Gump
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction
  • Martin Landau in Ed Wood*
  • Chazz Palminteri in Bullets Over Broadway
  • Tommy Lee Jones in Natural Born Killers

  • Ed Harris in Apollo 13*
  • Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects
  • Kevin Spacey in Seven
  • Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys
  • Joe Pesci in Casino
  • William H. Macy in Fargo
  • Edward Norton in Primal Fear
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire
  • Robert Carlyle in Trainspotting*
  • Paul Scofield in The Crucible
  • Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights*
  • Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting
  • Kevin Spacey in L.A. Confidential
  • Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential
  • Robert Forster in Jackie Browne
  • Greg Kinnear in As Good as It Gets
  • Ed Harris in The Truman Show*
  • Robert Duvall in A Civil Action
  • Jeremy Davies in Saving Private Ryan
  • Nick Nolte in The Thin Red Line
  • Billy Bob Thornton in A Simple Plan
  • Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense
  • Tom Cruise in Magnolia*
  • Chris Cooper in American Beauty
  • Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules
  • Christopher Plummer in The Insider
  • Michael Clark Duncan in The Green Mile
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator
  • Benicio Del Toro in Traffic*
  • Gary Oldman in The Contender
  • Jeff Bridges in The Contender
  • Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire
  • Ethan Hawke in Training Day
  • Ian McKellan in The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast*
  • Steve Buscemi in Ghost World
  • Jon Voight in Ali
  • Christopher Walken in Catch Me If You Can
  • Chris Cooper in Adaptation*
  • Paul Newman in Road to Perdition
  • Dennis Quaid in Far from Heaven
  • Dennis Haysbert in Far from Heaven
  • Ed Harris in The Hours
  • Tim Robbins in Mystic River
  • Viggo Mortenson in The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King*
  • Sean Astin in The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King
  • Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai
  • Alec Baldwin in The Cooler
  • Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby
  • Thomas Haden Church in Sideways*
  • Alan Alda in The Aviator
  • Clive Owen in Closer
  • Peter Sarsgaard in Kinsey

  • Matt Dillon in Crash
  • Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man
  • George Clooney in Syriana*
  • Jake Gyllenhall in Brokeback Mountain
  • William Hurt in A History of Violence
  • Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children
  • Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls
  • Jack Nicholson in The Departed*
  • Djimon Honsou in Blood Diamond
  • Michael Sheen in The Queen
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Zodiac
  • Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men*
  • Paul Dano in There Will Be Blood
  • Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
  • Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder
  • Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight*
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
  • Josh Brolin in Milk
  • Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker
  • Woody Harrelson in The Messengers
  • Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds*
  • Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds
  • Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
  • Geoffrey Rush in The Kings Speech
  • Andrew Garfield in The Social Network
  • John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone
  • Jeremy Renner in The Town
  • Christian Bale in The Fighter*
  • Christopher Plummer in Beginners
  • Jonah Hill in Moneyball
  • Albert Brooks in Driver
  • Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin*
  • Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
  • Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained*
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in Django Unchained
  • Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks
  • Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club*
  • Jeremy Renner in American Hustle
  • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash*
  • Robert Duvall in The Judge
  • Paul Dano in Love and Mercy
  • Edward Norton in Birdman
  • Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
  • Tom Hardy in The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone in Creed*
  • Michael Rylance in Bridge of Spies
  • Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
  • Robert Redford in Truth

  • Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
  • Ben Foster in Hell or High Water
  • Mahershala Ali in Moonlight*
  • Kevin Costner in Hidden Figures
  • Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals
  • Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri*
  • Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
  • Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water
  • Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
  • Mahershala Ali in Green Book*
  • Sam Elliott in A Star is Born
  • Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell in Vice
  • Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Joe Pesci in The Irishman*
  • Al Pacino in The Irishman
  • Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
  • Taiki Watiti in Jo Jo Rabbit




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