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BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding supporting performance in a film. Actors of all nationalities are eligible to receive the award.

BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
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The 2018 recipient: Mahershala Ali
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byMahershala Ali for Green Book (2018)


Winner and nomineesEdit


Laurence Olivier won in 1969 for his role in Oh! What a Lovely War
Year Actor Film Role(s) Ref.
Ian Holm The Bofors Gun Flynn [1]
Anthony Hopkins The Lion in Winter King Richard I [2]
John McEnery Romeo and Juliet Mercutio
George Segal No Way to Treat a Lady Morris Brummel [3]
Laurence Olivier Oh! What a Lovely War John French [4][5][6][7]
Jack Klugman Goodbye, Columbus Ben Patimkin
Jack Nicholson Easy Rider George Hanson [8][9][10]
Robert Vaughn Bullitt Chalmers


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Colin Welland Kes Mr Farthing
Bernard Cribbins The Railway Children Albert Perks
John Mills Ryan's Daughter Michael
Gig Young They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Rocky
Edward Fox The Go-Between Hugh Trimingham
Michael Gough The Go-Between Mr Maudsley
Ian Hendry Get Carter Eric Paice
John Hurt 10 Rillington Place Timothy Evans
Ben Johnson The Last Picture Show Sam the Lion
Max Adrian (posthumous) The Boy Friend Mr Max / Lord Hubert Brockhurst
Robert Duvall The Godfather Tom Hagen
Ralph Richardson Lady Caroline Lamb George IV of the United Kingdom
Arthur Lowe O Lucky Man! Mr Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr Munda
Ian Bannen The Offence Kenneth Baxter
Denholm Elliott A Doll's House Nils Krogstad
Michael Lonsdale The Day of the Jackal Lebel
John Gielgud Murder on the Orient Express Mr Beddoes
Adam Faith Stardust Mike Menary
John Huston Chinatown Noah Cross
Randy Quaid The Last Detail Seaman Larry Meadows
Fred Astaire The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne
Martin Balsam The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Harold Longman
Burgess Meredith The Day of the Locust Harry Greener
Jack Warden Shampoo Lester Carp
Brad Dourif One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit
Martin Balsam All the President's Men Howard Simons
Michael Hordern The Slipper and the Rose The King
Jason Robards All the President's Men Ben Bradlee
Edward Fox A Bridge Too Far Brian Horrocks
Colin Blakely Equus Frank Strang
Robert Duvall Network Frank Hackett
Zero Mostel The Front Hecky Brown
John Hurt Midnight Express Max
Gene Hackman Superman Lex Luthor
Jason Robards Julia Dashiell Hammett
François Truffaut Close Encounters of the Third Kind Claude Lacombe
Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now Bill Kilgore
Denholm Elliott Saint Jack William Leigh
John Hurt Alien Kane
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Ian Holm Chariots of Fire Sam Mussabini
Denholm Elliott Raiders of the Lost Ark Marcus Brody
John Gielgud Arthur Hobson
Nigel Havers Chariots of Fire Andrew Lindsay
Jack Nicholson Reds Eugene O'Neill
Frank Finlay The Return of the Soldier William Grey
Edward Fox Gandhi Reginald Dyer
Roshan Seth Jawaharlal Nehru
Denholm Elliott Trading Places Coleman
Bob Hoskins The Honorary Consul Colonel Perez
Burt Lancaster Local Hero Felix Happer
Jerry Lewis The King of Comedy Jerry Langford
Denholm Elliott A Private Function Charles Swaby
Michael Elphick Gorky Park Pasha
Ian Holm Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Phillippe D'Arnot
Ralph Richardson The Earl of Greystoke
Denholm Elliott Defence of the Realm Vernon Bayliss
James Fox A Passage to India Richard Fielding
John Gielgud Plenty Leonard Darwin
Saeed Jaffrey My Beautiful Laundrette Nasser
Ray McAnally The Mission Altamirano
Klaus Maria Brandauer Out of Africa Bror Blixen
Simon Callow A Room with a View Arthur Beebe
Denholm Elliott Mr. Emerson
Daniel Auteuil Jean de Florette Ugolin
Ian Bannen Hope and Glory Grandfather George
Sean Connery The Untouchables Jimmy Malone
John Thaw Cry Freedom Kruger
Michael Palin A Fish Called Wanda Ken Pile
Joss Ackland White Mischief Jock Delves Broughton
Peter O'Toole The Last Emperor Reginald Johnston
David Suchet A World Apart Muller
Ray McAnally My Left Foot Mr. Brown
Marlon Brando A Dry White Season Ian McKenzie
Sean Connery Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Henry Jones, Sr.
Jack Nicholson Batman The Joker


Year Actor Film Role(s)
Salvatore Cascio Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo cinema Paradiso) Salvatore Di Vita (child)
Alan Alda Crimes and Misdemeanors Lester
John Hurt The Field Bird O'Donnell
Al Pacino Dick Tracy Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice
Alan Rickman Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Sheriff of Nottingham
Alan Bates Hamlet Claudius
Derek Jacobi Dead Again Franklyn Madson
Andrew Strong The Commitments Deco Cuffe
Gene Hackman Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett
Jaye Davidson The Crying Game Dil
Tommy Lee Jones JFK Clay Shaw
Samuel West Howards End Leonard Bast
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List Amon Göth
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List Itzhak Stern
John Malkovich In the Line of Fire Mitch Leary
Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield
Simon Callow Four Weddings and a Funeral Gareth
John Hannah Matthew
Paul Scofield Quiz Show Mark Van Doren
Tim Roth Rob Roy Archibald Cunningham
Ian Holm The Madness of King George Dr. Willis
Martin Landau Ed Wood Bela Lugosi
Alan Rickman Sense and Sensibility Christopher Brandon
Paul Scofield The Crucible Thomas Danforth
John Gielgud Shine Cecil Parkes
Edward Norton Primal Fear Aaron Stampler
Alan Rickman Michael Collins Éamon de Valera
Tom Wilkinson The Full Monty Gerald
Mark Addy The Full Monty Dave
Rupert Everett My Best Friend's Wedding George Downes
Burt Reynolds Boogie Nights Jack Horner
Geoffrey Rush Elizabeth Frances Walsingham
Ed Harris The Truman Show Christof
Geoffrey Rush Shakespeare In Love Philip Henslowe
Tom Wilkinson Hugh Fennyman
Jude Law The Talented Mr. Ripley Dickie Greenleaf
Wes Bentley American Beauty Ricky Fitts
Michael Caine The Cider House Rules Wilbur Larch
Rhys Ifans Notting Hill Spike
Timothy Spall Topsy-Turvy Richard Temple


Jim Broadbent won for his performance in Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Christopher Walken won for his performance in Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Heath Ledger won posthumously for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) and also the first win for portraying a comic book character[11]
J. K. Simmons won for his role in Whiplash (2014)
Year Actor Film Role(s)
Benicio del Toro Traffic Javier Rodriguez
Albert Finney Erin Brockovich Edward L. Masry
Gary Lewis Billy Elliot Jackie Elliot
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator Commodus
Oliver Reed (posthumous) Proximo
Jim Broadbent Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler
Hugh Bonneville Iris John Bayley (Young)
Robbie Coltrane Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Rubeus Hagrid
Colin Firth Bridget Jones's Diary Mark Darcy
Eddie Murphy Shrek Donkey *
* To date, Murphy is the only performer nominated for a BAFTA Award for a voiceover performance
Christopher Walken Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Sr.
Chris Cooper Adaptation. John Laroche
Ed Harris The Hours Richard Brown
Alfred Molina Frida Diego Rivera
Paul Newman Road to Perdition John Rooney
Bill Nighy Love Actually Billy Mack
Paul Bettany Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Dr. Stephen Maturin
Albert Finney Big Fish Ed Bloom (Old)
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gandalf
Tim Robbins Mystic River Dave Boyle
Clive Owen Closer Larry Gray
Alan Alda The Aviator Owen Brewster
Phil Davis Vera Drake Stanley Drake
Jamie Foxx Collateral Max Durocher
Rodrigo de la Serna The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) Alberto Granado
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
Don Cheadle Crash Det. Graham Waters
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck. Fred W. Friendly
Syriana Bob Barnes
Matt Dillon Crash Sgt. John Ryan
Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine Edwin Hoover
James McAvoy The Last King of Scotland Nicholas Garrigan
Jack Nicholson The Departed Frank Costello
Leslie Phillips Venus Ian Brooks
Michael Sheen The Queen Tony Blair
Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh
Paul Dano There Will Be Blood Eli Sunday / Paul Sunday
Philip Seymour Hoffman Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men Sheriff Ed Tom Bell
Tom Wilkinson Michael Clayton Arthur Edens
Heath Ledger (posthumous) The Dark Knight The Joker
Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus
Brendan Gleeson In Bruges Ken Daley
Philip Seymour Hoffman Doubt Father Brendan Flynn
Brad Pitt Burn After Reading Chad Feldheimer
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Col. Hans Landa
Alec Baldwin It's Complicated Jacob Adler
Christian McKay Me and Orson Welles Orson Welles
Alfred Molina An Education Jack Miller
Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones George Harvey


Benicio del Toro won for his role in 2000's Traffic
Dev Patel won for his performance as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016)
Mark Rylance won for portraying Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies (2015)
Sam Rockwell won for his performance as Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(2017)
Javier Bardem won for his performance in No Country for Old Men (2007)
Christoph Waltz won twice for his roles in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012)
At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting Oscar winner for his performance in Beginners (2011)
Year Actor Film Role(s)
Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech Lionel Logue
Christian Bale The Fighter Dicky Eklund
Andrew Garfield The Social Network Eduardo Saverin
Pete Postlethwaite (posthumous) The Town Fergus "Fergie" Colm
Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right Paul Hatfield
Christopher Plummer Beginners Hal Fields
Kenneth Branagh My Week with Marilyn Laurence Olivier
Jim Broadbent The Iron Lady Denis Thatcher
Jonah Hill Moneyball Peter Brand
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Ides of March Paul Zara
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained Dr. King Schultz
Alan Arkin Argo Lester Siegel
Javier Bardem Skyfall Raoul Silva
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master Lancaster Dodd
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln Thaddeus Stevens
Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse [12][13]
Daniel Brühl Rush Niki Lauda
Bradley Cooper American Hustle Richard "Richie" DiMaso
Matt Damon Behind the Candelabra Scott Thorson
Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave Edwin Epps
J. K. Simmons Whiplash Terrence Fletcher
Steve Carell Foxcatcher John du Pont (in Best Actor)
Ethan Hawke Boyhood Mason Evans Sr.
Edward Norton Birdman Mike Shiner
Mark Ruffalo Foxcatcher David Schultz
Mark Rylance Bridge of Spies Rudolf Abel
Christian Bale The Big Short Michael Burry
Benicio del Toro Sicario Alejandro Gillick
Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation The Commandant
Mark Ruffalo Spotlight Michael Rezendes
Dev Patel Lion Saroo Brierley
Mahershala Ali Moonlight Juan
Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water Marcus Hamilton
Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins St. Clair Bayfield
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Nocturnal Animals Ray Marcus
Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Jason Dixon
Willem Dafoe The Florida Project Bobby Hicks
Hugh Grant Paddington 2 Phoenix Buchanan
Woody Harrelson Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Bill Willoughby
Christopher Plummer All the Money in the World J. Paul Getty
Mahershala Ali Green Book Don Shirley
Timothée Chalamet Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff
Adam Driver BlacKkKlansman Flip Zimmerman
Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me? Jack Hock
Sam Rockwell Vice George W. Bush

Note: No award for Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress was presented in 1980. In 1981, the award was for Best Supporting Artist. All four nominees were male.

Multiple nominationsEdit

Multiple winsEdit

3 wins
  • Denholm Elliott (consecutive)
2 wins
  • Edward Fox
  • Ian Holm
  • Ray McAnally
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Christoph Waltz

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Holm, Ian; Jacobi, Steven (2004). "Ian Holm: A Select CV". Acting My Life. Bantam Books. p. 327. ISBN 9780593052143.
  2. ^ Green, Matt. Celebrity Biographies - The Amazing Life of Sir Anthony Hopkins - Famous Actors.
  3. ^ O'Neill, William L. (January 1, 2003). The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: M-Z. C. Scribner's Sons. p. 406. ISBN 9780684312224.
  4. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2003). Guide to British Cinema. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 295. ISBN 9780313303074.
  5. ^ Block, Maxine; Rothe, Anna Herthe; Candee, Marjorie Dent; Moritz, Charles (2002). Current Biography Yearbook. H. W. Wilson Company. p. 238.
  6. ^ Thompson, Clifford; Wilson, H. W. (2002). Current Biography Yearbook, 2003. H.W. Wilson Company. p. 238. ISBN 9780824210267.
  7. ^ Sight and Sound. British Film Institute. 2006.
  8. ^ Karli, Shaun R. (2012). Becoming Jack Nicholson: The Masculine Persona from Easy Rider to The Shining. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 184. ISBN 9780810885981.
  9. ^ Gritten, David (2008). The Movies That Matter: From Bogart to Bond and All the Latest Film Releases. HarperCollins Publishers Limited. p. 711. ISBN 9780007271061.
  10. ^ Parker, John (April 6, 2017). Jack Nicholson - The Biography. John Blake Publishing Ltd. p. 223. ISBN 9781786064998.
  11. ^ Kinn, Gail; Piazza, Jim (2014). The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History (5 ed.). New York, United States: Workman Publishing Company. p. 345. ISBN 978-1-57912-986-6.
  12. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (16 February 2014). "Baftas 2014: Barkhad Abdi wins best supporting actor for Captain Phillips". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  13. ^ Hodgson, Claire (17 February 2014). "BAFTA 2014 winner Barkhad Abdi: What you need to know about Captain Phillips best supporting actor winner". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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