21 Oscars Awarded for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 20th Century
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, better known as the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is an award presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts (AMPAS) in the annual Academy Awards. Any actress who performed an exceptional supporting role in a film during the qualifying period is considered for the award. In total, there are 79 actresses who have received the award since it was first given in the 9th Academy Awards in 1937. The first six winners of the award were given plaques, but it was then changed to the gold statuette in the 16th ceremony in 1944. All the winners won by popular vote of the members of the Academy. Gale Sondergaard was the first actress to receive the award for her role in Anthony Adverse the year prior. Shelley Winters and Dianne Wiest both received two awards each, making them the actresses that have received the most awards in this category. The award is currently held by Viola Davis for her role in the 2016 film Fences.