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
Awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Location Los Angeles, California
Presented by SAG-AFTRA
Currently held by Mahershala Ali for Moonlight (2016)

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 role as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994).
Photo of Cuba Gooding Jr. signing autographs in 2006.
Cuba Gooding Jr. won for his role 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).
Photo of Michael Caine attending the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2008.
Michael Caine won this award for his role in The Cider House Rules (1999) respectively.
Photo of Christopher Walken in 2009.
Christopher Walken won for his performance in Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Photo of Javier Bardem at the unveiling ceremony of for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
Javier Bardem won for his performance in No Country for Old Men (2007).
Photo of Heath Ledger attending the Berlin Film Festival in 2006.
Heath Ledger won posthumously for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) and also the first win for portraying Superhero/Comicbook characters.[1]
Christoph Waltz won twice for his roles in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).
Photo of Christian Bale backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.
Christian Bale won for his performance as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter (2010).
Upper torso of a gray-haired old man. He is wearing a teal T-shirt with a grey sweater tied around his neck.
At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting Oscar winner for his performance in Beginners (2011).
Photo of Jared Leto at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.
Jared Leto won for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
Photo of J. K. Simmons attending the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009.
J. K. Simmons won for his role in Whiplash (2014).
Photo of Mahershala Ali at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013.
Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar for his role in Moonlight (2016).[2]


  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 The Birdcage 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 Officer 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


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


Superlative Leading Actor Supporting Actor Overall
Actor with most awards Daniel Day-Lewis 3 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 3 George Clooney 4
Film with most nominati'ons 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, Captain Phillips, The Contender, Crash, Dallas Buyers Club, Forrest Gump, Foxcatcher, Good Will Hunting, 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, 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 Screen Actors Guild 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 is the first time in SAG Award history that the category's eventual Oscar winner went un-nominated by the SAG.
  • 2015: Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) was not nominated for the Oscars. This is the first time in SAG history that the SAG winner went un-nominated by the Oscars.

Multiple nominees[edit]

Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kinn & Piazza 2014, p. 345
  2. ^ Yan, Holly (February 27, 2017). "Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win an Oscar". CNN. Archived from the original on March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 

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