- Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
- Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
- Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
- Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
- Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter
Like the Supporting Actress category, it wasn’t until the 8th Academy Awards ceremony (1935), that this category came into being as the Best Actor award covered all actors, be they supporting or lead.
After complaints that it was leading actors were unfairly favoured the current system was introduced at the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936), when Walter Brennan won for Come and Get It.
KENNETH BRANAGH – My Week With Marilyn
JONAH HILL – Moneyball
NICK NOLTE – Warrior
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Beginners
MAX VON SYDOW – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
> Official Oscar site
> Explore previous winners of Best Supporting Actor at Wikipedia