Guess these 20 Best Supporting Actors by a Simple Description



Since the 9th Academy Awards ceremony held in 1937, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor has been awarded annually and given to 75 actors. The first winner of the award was Walter Brennan for his role in ‘Come and Get It’. And the most recent winner in this category is Brad Pitt for his performance in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.

The Oscar statuette is the most recognized trophy in the world, but initially the best supporting actors and actresses were not given statuettes. Instead, winners in supporting roles were each given a plaque with attached to a small version of the Oscar man until 1944.

Walter Brennan did not only win the first prize in supporting actor category, but also received the most awards with three wins. He was also one of the most nominated supporting actors to be nominated four times, along with Al Pacino, Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall.

Traditionally, the best supporting actor award was presented by the previous year’s best supporting actress, and vice versa. For example, the 2020 best supporting actress was presented by Mahershala Ali (2019’s best supporting actor for ‘Green Book’).

The Oscar speech is limited to 45 seconds, when the Academy Awards winners comes onstage, he or she will have to make an acceptance speech. How to thank the right person, tell a little joke or share few words of inspiration in a short time frame is tricky. Most Oscar acceptance speeches are pleasant, emotional and lovely, but only a few are so unique and memorable.

A great Oscar speech doesn’t have to be long. In 1991, when Joe Pesci won the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Goodfellas’, he only said: “It was my privilege. Thank you.” And that is probably the shortest Oscar speech of all time. Another remarkable acceptance speech is made by Viola Davis in 2017, after she won the best supporting actress for her role in ‘Fences’, and here is the most moving part of the speech:

“You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, ‘What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?’ And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

The speech was so great that the host Jimmy Kimmel even joked: “Viola Davis just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech.”

Do you like to watch the Oscars? Here in this Best Supporting Role QUIZ, we have 20 questions about the Best Supporting Actor/Actress winners from 2000. Let’s see if you can name the winner based on the character’s name and description.

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