Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

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SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (29953410761).jpg
The 2018 recipient: Mahershala Ali
Awarded forOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented bySAG-AFTRA
First awarded1994
Currently held byMahershala Ali for Green Book (2018)

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in film.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Photo of Martin Landau in 1996.
Martin Landau won for his performance in Ed Wood (1994).
Ed Harris won for his performance in Apollo 13 (1995).
Photo of Cuba Gooding Jr. signing autographs in 2006.
Cuba Gooding Jr. won for his performance in Jerry Maguire (1996).
Photo of Robin Williams at the Happy Feet premiere in 2011.
Robin Williams won for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997).
Robert Duvall won for his performance in A Civil Action (1998).
Michael Caine won for his role in The Cider House Rules (1999).
Albert Finney won for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Photo of Christopher Walken in 2009.
Christopher Walken won for his performance in Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Tim Robbins—a white male with close-cut gray hair, light-colored eyes, smiling and wearing narrow, plastic-framed eyeglasses and a dark gray jacket over a black shirt—attending the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 at age 53.
Tim Robbins won for his performance in Mystic River (2003).


  indicates the winner.


Year Nominee Film Role


Martin Landau Ed Wood Bela Lugosi
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield
Chazz Palminteri Bullets over Broadway Cheech
Gary Sinise Forrest Gump Lt. Dan Taylor
John Turturro Quiz Show Herb Stempel


Ed Harris Apollo 13 Gene Kranz
Kevin Bacon Murder in the First Henri Young
Kenneth Branagh Othello Iago
Don Cheadle Devil in a Blue Dress Mouse Alexander
Kevin Spacey The Usual Suspects Roger "Verbal" Kint


Cuba Gooding Jr. Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell
Hank Azaria The Birdcage Agador Spartacus
Nathan Lane Albert Goldman
William H. Macy Fargo Jerry Lundegaard
Noah Taylor Shine David Helfgott


Robin Williams Good Will Hunting Sean Maguire
Billy Connolly Mrs Brown John Brown
Anthony Hopkins Amistad John Quincy Adams
Greg Kinnear As Good as It Gets Simon Bishop
Burt Reynolds Boogie Nights Jack Horner


Robert Duvall A Civil Action Jerome Facher
James Coburn Affliction Glen Whitehouse
David Kelly Waking Ned Devine Michael O'Sullivan
Geoffrey Rush Shakespeare in Love Philip Henslowe
Billy Bob Thornton A Simple Plan Jacob Mitchell


Michael Caine The Cider House Rules Dr. Wilbur Larch
Chris Cooper American Beauty Col. Frank Fitts
Tom Cruise Magnolia Frank T.J. Mackey
Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile John Coffey
Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense Cole Sear


Year Nominee Film Role


Albert Finney Erin Brockovich Edward L. Masry
Jeff Bridges The Contender President Jackson Evans
Willem Dafoe Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck
Gary Oldman The Contender Rep. Sheldon "Shelly" Runyon
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator Commodus


Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf
Jim Broadbent Iris John Bayley
Hayden Christensen Life as a House Sam Monroe
Ethan Hawke Training Day Jake Hoyt
Ben Kingsley Sexy Beast Don Logan


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
Dennis Quaid Far from Heaven Frank Whitaker


Tim Robbins Mystic River Dave Boyle
Alec Baldwin The Cooler Shelly Kaplow
Chris Cooper Seabiscuit Tom Smith
Benicio del Toro 21 Grams Jack Jordan
Ken Watanabe The Last Samurai Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto


Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris
Thomas Haden Church Sideways Jack Cole
Jamie Foxx Collateral Maxine Gray
James Garner The Notebook Old Noah Calhoun
Freddie Highmore Finding Neverland Peter Llewelyn Davies


Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man Joe Gould
Don Cheadle Crash Det. Graham Waters
George Clooney Syriana Bob Barnes
Matt Dillon Crash Sgt. John Ryan
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist


Eddie Murphy Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early
Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine Edwin Hoover
Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed William "Billy" Costigan Jr.
Jackie Earle Haley Little Children Ronald "Ronnie" McGorvey
Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy


Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh
Casey Affleck The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Robert "Bob" Ford
Hal Holbrook Into the Wild Ron Franz
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men Ed Tom Bell
Tom Wilkinson Michael Clayton Arthur Edens


Heath Ledger(posthumous) The Dark Knight The Joker
Josh Brolin Milk Dan White
Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus
Philip Seymour Hoffman Doubt Father Brendan Flynn
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire Jamal Malik


Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Col. Hans Landa
Matt Damon Invictus Francois Pienaar
Woody Harrelson The Messenger Captain Tony Stone
Christopher Plummer The Last Station Leo Tolstoy
Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones George Harvey


Year Nominee Film Role


Christian Bale The Fighter Dicky Eklund
John Hawkes Winter's Bone Teardrop Dolly
Jeremy Renner The Town James "Jem" Coughlin
Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right Paul Hatfield
Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech Lionel Logue


Christopher Plummer Beginners Hal Fields
Kenneth Branagh My Week with Marilyn Laurence Olivier
Armie Hammer J. Edgar Clyde Tolson
Jonah Hill Moneyball Peter Brand
Nick Nolte Warrior Paddy Conlon


Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln Thaddeus Stevens
Alan Arkin Argo Lester Siegel
Javier Bardem Skyfall Raoul Silva
Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Sr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master Lancaster Dodd


Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Rayon
Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse
Daniel Brühl Rush Niki Lauda
Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave Edwin Epps
James Gandolfini (posthumous) Enough Said Albert


J. K. Simmons Whiplash Terrence Fletcher
Robert Duvall The Judge Judge Joseph Palmer
Ethan Hawke Boyhood Mason Evans Sr.
Edward Norton Birdman Mike Shiner
Mark Ruffalo Foxcatcher Dave Schultz


Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation The Commandant
Christian Bale The Big Short Michael Burry
Mark Rylance Bridge of Spies Rudolf Abel
Michael Shannon 99 Homes Rick Carver
Jacob Tremblay Room Jack Newsome


Mahershala Ali Moonlight Juan
Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water Marcus Hamilton
Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins St. Clair Bayfield
Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea Patrick Chandler
Dev Patel Lion Saroo Brierley


Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Officer Jason Dixon
Steve Carell Battle of the Sexes Robert Riggs
Willem Dafoe The Florida Project Bobby Hicks
Woody Harrelson Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Sheriff William Willoughby
Richard Jenkins The Shape of Water Giles


Mahershala Ali Green Book Don Shirley
Timothée Chalamet Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff
Adam Driver BlacKkKlansman Detective Flip Zimmerman
Sam Elliott A Star Is Born Bobby Maine
Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me? Jack Hock


Superlative Leading Actor Supporting Actor Overall
Actor with most awards Daniel Day-Lewis 3 Mahershala Ali 2 Daniel Day-Lewis 3
Actor with most nominations Denzel Washington 5 Chris Cooper 3 Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington 5
Actor with most nominations without ever winning George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen 3 George Clooney 4
Film with most nominations The Shawshank Redemption 2 The Birdcage, The Contender, Crash, No Country for Old Men, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2 Several films* 2
Oldest winner Denzel Washington
(Fences, 2017)
62 Christopher Plummer
(Beginners, 2012)
82 Christopher Plummer
(Beginners, 2012)
Oldest nominee Robert Duvall
(Get Low, 2011)
79 Robert Duvall
(The Judge, 2015)
83 Robert Duvall
(The Judge, 2015)
Youngest winner Nicolas Cage
(Leaving Las Vegas, 1996)
32 Heath Ledger
(The Dark Knight, 2009)
28 Heath Ledger
(The Dark Knight, 2009)
Youngest nominee Jamie Bell
(Billy Elliot, 2001)
14 Jacob Tremblay
(Room, 2016)
9 Jacob Tremblay
(Room, 2016)
* 12 Years a Slave, Affliction, As Good as It Gets, The Birdcage, Birdman, BlacKkKlansman, Captain Phillips, The Contender, Crash, Dallas Buyers Club, Forrest Gump, Foxcatcher, Good Will Hunting, Green Book, Jerry Maguire, The King's Speech, Lincoln, Manchester by the Sea, Moneyball, No Country for Old Men, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Silver Linings Playbook, A Star is Born, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Occasions over the past 23 years did the winner of the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor not win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; this happened in:

  • 1995: Ed Harris (Apollo 13) lost to Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects)
  • 1998: Robert Duvall (A Civil Action) lost to James Coburn (Affliction)
  • 2000: Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich) lost to Benicio del Toro (Traffic). Del Toro did win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
  • 2001: Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) lost to Jim Broadbent (Iris)
  • 2002: Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can) lost to Chris Cooper (Adaptation)
  • 2005: Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) lost to George Clooney (Syriana)
  • 2006: Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls) lost to Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine)
  • 2012: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) lost to Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained). This was the first time in SAG Award history that the category's eventual Academy Award-winner was not nominated for the SAG Awards.
  • 2015: Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) was not nominated for the Academy Awards. This was the first time in SAG history that the SAG Award-winner was not nominated for the Academy Awards.

Multiple winners[edit]

2 wins

Multiple nominees[edit]

Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.

2 nominations
3 nominations
  • Chris Cooper (American Beauty (1999), Adaptation. (2002), Seabiscuit (2003))

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