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Oscar Winning Supporting Actresses

Updated on October 10, 2015

Clip from 12 Years a Slave

2013

Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey


Movie: 12 Years a Slave


Box Office: $187.7 million


Info on Lupita Nyong'o: Lupita graduated from Hampshire College and then received her master's degree at the Yale School of Drama. Her first major role was in "12 Years a Slave." Lupita followed up the Oscar winning role with a role in the movie "Non-Stop" and she is also scheduled to appear in "Star Wars VII."

Clip from Les Miserables

2012

Anne Hathaway as Fantine


Movie: Les Miserables


Box Office: $441 million


Info on Anne Hathaway: Hathaway's Oscar winning role as Fantine was not her first Oscar nomination. Hathaway was also nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married." However, Hathaway did not walk away with an Oscar win in 2008.


Anne followed up her Oscar winning performance with roles in "Rio 2", "Alice in Wonderland Through the Look Glass" and "The Intern."

Clip from The Help

2011

Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson


Movie: The Help


Box Office: $216 million


Info on Ocativa Spencer: Spencer has starred in a multitude of movies, appearing in most as a supporting character. However, her most well known role to date is still that of Minny Jackson in "The Help." Spencer has not found much commercial success following her Oscar win, however, Spencer is set to star in the "Divergent Series: Insurgent."

Clip from The Fighter

2010


Melissa Leo as Alice Eklund-Ward


Movie: The Fighter


Box Office: $129 million


Info on Melissa Leo: Leo was best known for her television roles prior to be nominated for her performance in "The Fighter." Leo has gone on to star in several other movies such as "Olympus Has Fallen", "Oblivion", "The Butler", and "Prisoners." However, Leo has only has supporting roles in those movies.

Clip from Precious

2009

Mo'Nique as Mary Lee Johnston


Movie: Precious


Box Office: $63 million


Mo'Nique Info: Prior to the filming of "Precious" Mo'Nique was mostly known for her comedic roles in moves such as "Soul Plane" , "Garfield The Movie" and "Phat Girlz." However, Mo'Nique showed a much different side to her acting abilities when appearing in the "Precious" movie. Following her Oscar win Mo'nique went on to star in "Blackbird." Mo'nique has remained out of the limelight of Hollywood for the past few years.

Clip from Vicky Cristina Barcelona

2008

Penelope Cruz as Maria Elena


Movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Box Office: $96 million


Penelope Cruz Info: Prior to her Oscar win Penelope Cruz was mostly known in America as a hot Spanish speaking actress who used to date Tom Cruise. However, after winning her first Oscar she has gone on to star in movies such as "Nine", "Sex and The City 2", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", and "To Rome With Love."

Clip from Michael Clayton

2007

Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder


Movie: Michael Clayton


Box Office: $92 million


Tilda Swinton Info: Swinton is known for both her mainstream roles and her "artsy" roles. Swinton has not had a really big movie which she was the sole star of the movie, however, she has had many supporting roles in a variety of movies. She has starred in "Vanilla Sky", "Adaptation", "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Witch, The Lion and The Wardrobe", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and "Moonrise Kingdom."

Clip from Dreamgirls

2006

Jennifer Hudson as Effie White


Movie: Dreamgirls


Box Office: $154 million


Jennifer Hudson Info: Hudson was originally a competitor on American Idol from there she landed her first major acting role in the movie "Dreamgirls" which she won an Oscar for. However, after winning her Oscar her career has somewhat fizzled. She has had a supporting role in "Sex and the City the movie" and was a spokesperson for weight watchers.

Clip from The Constant Gardener

2005

Rachel Weisz as Tessa Quayle


Movie: The Constant Gardner


Box Office: $82 million


Rachel Weisz Info: Weisz had starred in many successful movies prior to winning her Oscar award for her performance in "The Constant Garderner." Movies that Weisz has starred in after her win include "The Fountain", "Eragon", "Definitely, Maybe", "The Lovely Bones", "The Deep Blue Sea", "The Bourne Legacy", "Oz the Great and Powerful", and "Miss You Already."

Clip from The Aviator

2004

Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn


Movie: The Aviator


Box Office: $213 million


Cate Blanchett Info: Blanchett followed her supporting role Oscar award with a Lead Actress Oscar for her role in "Blue Jasmine." Blanchett is know for her versatility and her many successful roles in various movies. Blanchett has starred in such popular movies such as "The Lord Of The Rings" Movies, "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Elizabeth", "Babel", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "The Hobbit", "The Monuments Men", "How to Train Your Dragon 2", and "Cinderella."


Clip from Cold Mountain

2003

Renee Zellweger as Ruby Thewes


Movie: Cold Mountain


Box Office: $173 million


Renee Zellweger Info: Of recent time Zellwger has not been seen in many successful movies however she has starred in quite a few successful films such as "Jerry Maguire", "Chicago", "Bridget Jones" movies, "Cinderella Man", "Case 39" and most recently "The Whole Truth."

Clip from Chicago

2002

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly


Movie: Chicago


Box Office: $306 million


Catherine Zeta Jones Info: Most recently in the media for her diagnosed Bipolar disease and her husband Michael Douglas's battle with cancer, prior to winning her Oscar for "Chicago" Jones was most well know for her role in the Mask of Zorro movie with Antonio Banderas. Zeta Jones went on to star in a variety of movies after her Oscar win which included "The Terminal", Ocean's Twelve", "No Reservations", "Rock of Ages", "Side Effects" , "Red 2", and "Broken City."

Clip from A Beautiful Mind

2001

Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash


Movie: A Beautiful Mind


Box Office: $313 million


Jennifer Connelly Info: Connelly had been in the acting world since 1982 before finally hitting the big time in the movie "A Beautiful Mind." This would be the first time that Connelly's acting would be recognized and rewarded. She has gone onto to star in many movies following her Oscar win including: "Hulk", "House of Sand and Fog", "Dark Water", "Blood Diamond", "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "He's Just Not That Into You", "The Dilemma", "Winter's Tale", "Noah" and "Shelter."

Clip from Pollock

2000

Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner


Movie: Pollock


Marcia Gay Harden Info: Harden had been acting since her role in 1979's "Not Only Strangers." However, prior to winning her Oscar Harden was mostly known for her supporting roles in comedic or lighthearted movies such as "The First Wives Club" and "Flubber." After winning her Oscar she went onto star in "Mystic River", "Mona Liza Smile", "The Hoax", "Into the Wild", "Detachment", "Unity" and "Fifty Shades of Grey."


Clip from Girl, Interrupted

1999

Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe


Movie: Girl, Interrupted


Box Office: $48 million


Angelina Jolie Info: Jolie is best known as the other half of the Brad Pitt clan and the mother of his six children. She is also more of a humanitarian than an actress these days but after winning her Oscar, Jolie went through a transformation. She soon found herself starring in movies such as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", the "Lara Croft" movies, "Beyond Borders" , "Taking Lives", "Alexander", "Wanted", "Salt" , "The Tourist", and "Maleficent."

Clip from Shakespeare in Love

1998

Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I


Movie: Shakespeare in Love


Box Office: $289 million


Judi Dench Info: Dench was definitely a well known actress prior to her supporting Oscar win for her role in "Shakespeare in Love." Dench has been acting since 1959 and continues to act today. Her most recent movie is "Tulip Fever."

Clip from L.A. Confidential

1997

Kim Basinger as Lynn Bracken


Movie: L.A. Confidential


Box Office: $126.2 million


Kim Basinger Info: Basingers' role has always seemed to be hit or miss but with her role in L.A. Confidential she definitely hit a homerun starring opposite of up and coming actor Russell Crowe. After scoring her Oscar she went onto to star in "8 Mile", "Cellular", "The Sentinel", "The Burning Plain", "Charlie St. Cloud", "The Informers" and most recently "Grudge Match."

Clip from The English Patient

1996

Juliette Binoche as Hana


Movie: The English Patient


Box Office: $231 million


Juliette Binoche Info: Binoche is a well known French actress and dancer. She has mostly had supporting roles in American movies such as "Godzilla", "Cosmopolis", and "A Thousand Times Good Night."

Clip from Mighty Aphrodite

1995

Mira Sorvino as Linda Ash


Movie: Mighty Aphrodite


Box Office: $26 million



Mira Sorvino Info: Sorvino has only been acting for a short two years prior to winning her Oscar Award. After winning her award she went onto to star in some hits and a lot of movie bombs. She starred in the following movies after winning her Oscar: "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion", "Mimic", "At First Sight", "Summer of Sam", "Gods and Generals", "Reservation Road", "Perfect Sisters", and "Trade of Innocents."

Clip from Bullets Over Broadway

1994

Dianne Wiest as Helen Sinclair


Movie: Bullets Over Broadway


Box Office: $13 million


Dianne Wiest Info: Wiest may not be a household name but there is not doubt that you have seen many of her movies. You may have seen Wiest in : "Footloose", "The Lost Boys", "Parenthood", "Edward Scissorhands", "The Scout", "The Horse Whisperer", "I Am Sam", "Passengers", and most recently in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."

Clip from The Piano

1993

Anna Paquin as Flora McGrath


Movie: The Piano


Box Office: $140 million


Anna Paquin Info: The Piano was her first major acting role and she won an Oscar at the age of 11 making her the second youngest person to win an Oscar. She has gone on to have a wonderful career starring in a variety of movies and on the HBO television series hit "True Blood."

Clip from My Cousin Vinny

1992

Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa Vito


Movie: My Cousin Vinny


Box Office: $64 million


Marisa Tomei Info: Tomei has had a long career after winning her Oscar in 1992. She has starred in movies such as "Chaplin", "Untamed Heart", "The Watcher", "What Women Want",
"Someone Like You", "Anger Management", "Alfie", "Wild Hogs", "The Wrestler", "Grown Ups", "Crazy, Stupid, Love", "The Ides of March" and most recently "Trainwreck."

Clip from The Fisher King

1991

Mercedes Ruehl as Anne Napolitano


Movie: The Fisher King


Box Office: $41 million


Mercedes Ruehl Info: Ruehl's career never really took off after winning her Oscar. Her biggest acting role after her Oscar win was starring in the movie "Last Action Hero." However, she will go down in history for her Oscar win.

Clip from Ghost

1990

Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown


Movie: Ghost


Box Office: $505 million

Clip from My Left Foot

1989

Brenda Fricker as Brenda Brown


Movie: My Left Foot


Box Office: $14 million

Clip from The Accidental Tourist

1988

Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett


Movie: The Accidental Tourist


Box Office: $32 million

Clip from Moonstruck

1987

Olympia Dukakis as Rose Castorini


Movie: Moonstruck


Box Office: $91 million

Clip from Hannah and Her Sister

1986

Dianne Wiest as Holly


Movie: Hannah and Her Sisters


Box Office: $59 million

Clip from Prizzi's Honor

1985

Anjelica Huston as Maerose Prizzi


Movie: Prizzi's Honor


Box Office: $26 million

Clip from A Passage of India

1984

Peggy Ashcroft as Mrs. Moore


Movie: A Passage to India


Box Office: $27 million

Clip from The Year of Living Dangerously

1983

Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan


Movie:The Year of Living Dangerously


Box Office: $10 million

Clip from Tootsie

1982

Jessica Lange as Julie Nichols


Movie: Tootsie


Box Office: $177 million

Clip from Reds

1981

Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman


Movie: Reds


Box Office: $50 milliion

Clip from Melvin and Howard

1980

Mary Steenburgen as Lynda Dummar


Movie: Melvin and Howard



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