National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Current recipient: Mark Ruffalo
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Board of Review
First awardedJohn Williams
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Currently held byMark Ruffalo
Poor Things (2023)

The National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the annual film awards given (since 1954) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1954 John Williams Dial M for Murder Chief Inspector Hubbard
Sabrina Thomas Fairchild
1955 Charles Bickford Not as a Stranger Dr. Dave W. Runkleman
1956 Richard Basehart Moby Dick Ishmael
1957 Sessue Hayakawa The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Saito
1958 Albert Salmi The Bravados Ed Taylor
The Brothers Karamazov Pavel Fyodorovich Smerdyakov
1959 Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim


Year Winner Film Role
1960 George Peppard Home from the Hill Raphael "Rafe" Copley
1961 Jackie Gleason The Hustler George "Minnesota Fats" Hegerman
1962 Burgess Meredith Advise & Consent Herbert Gelman
1963 Melvyn Douglas Hud Homer Bannon
1964 Martin Balsam The Carpetbaggers Bernard B. Norman
1965 Harry Andrews The Agony and the Ecstasy Donato Bramante
The Hill Bert Wilson
1966 Robert Shaw A Man for All Seasons King Henry VIII
1967 Paul Ford The Comedians Mr. Smith
1968 Leo McKern The Shoes of the Fisherman Cardinal Leone
1969 Philippe Noiret Topaz Henri Jarre


Year Winner Film Role
1970 Frank Langella Diary of a Mad Housewife George Prager
The Twelve Chairs Ostap Bender
1971 Ben Johnson The Last Picture Show Sam the Lion
1972 Joel Grey Cabaret Master of Ceremonies
Al Pacino The Godfather Michael Corleone
1973 John Houseman The Paper Chase Charles Kingsfield, Jr.
1974 Holger Löwenadler Lacombe, Lucien Albert Horn
1975 Charles Durning Dog Day Afternoon Eugene Moretti
1976 Jason Robards All the President's Men Ben Bradlee
1977 Tom Skerritt The Turning Point Wayne Rodgers
1978 Richard Farnsworth Comes a Horseman Dodger
1979 Paul Dooley Breaking Away Raymond Stohler


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Joe Pesci Raging Bull Joey LaMotta
1981 Jack Nicholson Reds Eugene O'Neill
1982 Robert Preston Victor/Victoria Carroll "Toddy" Todd
1983 Jack Nicholson Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove
1984 John Malkovich Places in the Heart Mr. Will
1985 Klaus Maria Brandauer Out of Africa Bror von Blixen-Finecke
1986 Daniel Day-Lewis My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny Burfoot
A Room with a View Cecil Vyse
1987 Sean Connery The Untouchables Jimmy "Jim" Malone
1988 River Phoenix Running on Empty Danny Pope
1989 Alan Alda Crimes and Misdemeanors Lester


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Joe Pesci GoodFellas Tommy DeVito
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter
1992 Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, USMC
1993 Leonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape Arnie Grape
1994 Gary Sinise Forrest Gump Lt. Dan Taylor
1995 Kevin Spacey Se7en John Doe
The Usual Suspects Roger "Verbal" Kint
1996 Edward Norton Everyone Says I Love You Holden Spence
The People vs. Larry Flynt Alan Isaacman
Primal Fear Aaron Stamper / Roy
1997 Greg Kinnear As Good as It Gets Simon Bishop
1998 Ed Harris The Truman Show Christof
1999 Philip Seymour Hoffman Magnolia Phil Parma
The Talented Mr. Ripley Freddie Miles


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator Commodus
Quills François Simonet de Coulmier
The Yards Willie
2001 Jim Broadbent Iris John Bayley
Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler
2002 Chris Cooper Adaptation. John Laroche
2003 Alec Baldwin The Cooler Sheldon "Shelly" Kaplow
2004 Thomas Haden Church Sideways Jack Cole
2005 Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
2006 Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy
2007 Casey Affleck The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Robert Ford
2008 Josh Brolin Milk Dan White
2009 Woody Harrelson The Messenger Capt. Tony Stone


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Christian Bale The Fighter Dicky Eklund
2011 Christopher Plummer Beginners Hal Fields
2012 Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained Calvin J. Candie
2013 Will Forte Nebraska David Grant
2014 Edward Norton Birdman Mike Shiner
2015 Sylvester Stallone Creed Rocky Balboa
2016 Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water Marcus Hamilton
2017 Willem Dafoe The Florida Project Bobby Hicks
2018 Sam Elliott A Star Is Born[2] Bobby Maine
2019 Brad Pitt Once Upon a Time in Hollywood[3] Cliff Booth


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Paul Raci Sound of Metal[4] Joe
2021 Ciarán Hinds Belfast[5] Pop
2022 Brendan Gleeson The Banshees of Inisherin[6] Colm Doherty
2023 Mark Ruffalo Poor Things[7] Duncan Wedderburn

Multiple awards

See also


  1. ^ "Best Supporting Actor Archives – National Board of Review". National Board of Review. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ National Board of Review Names 'Green Book' Best Film of 2018 - Variety
  3. ^ National Board of Review 2019 Winners|IndieWire
  4. ^ 2021 National Board of Review Winners and Analysis - Variety
  5. ^ National Board of Review Winners 2021:|IndieWire
  6. ^ Top Gun: Maverick Named Best Movie of 2022 by National Board of Review - The Hollywood Reporter
  7. ^ National Board of Review Names ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Best Film of 2023