Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. Since its inception, however, the award has commonly been referred to as the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. While actors are nominated for this award by Academy members who are actors and actresses themselves, winners are selected by the Academy membership as a whole.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Presented by Country First awarded Currently held by Official website Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences United States 1936 (for performances in films released in 1936) Christian Bale, The Fighter (2010) http://www.oscars.org

Contents
1 History 2 Superlatives 3 Winners and nominees 3.1 1930s 3.2 1940s 3.3 1950s 3.4 1960s 3.5 1970s 3.6 1980s 3.7 1990s 3.8 2000s 3.9 2010s 4 International presence 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History
Throughout the past 75 years AMPAS has presented a total of 75 Best Supporting Actor awards to 68 different actors. Winners of this Academy Award of Merit receive the familiar Oscar statuette, depicting a goldplated knight holding a crusader's sword and standing on a reel of film. Prior to the 16th Academy Awards ceremony (1943), however, they received a plaque. The first recipient was Walter Brennan, who was honored at the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936) for his performance in Come and Get It. The most recent recipient was Christian Bale, who was honored at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony (2011) for his performance in The Fighter. Until the 8th Academy Awards ceremony (1935), nominations for the Best Actor award were intended to include all actors, whether the performance was in a leading or supporting role. At the 9th Academy Awards

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