AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role is an accolade given by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), a non-profit organisation whose aim is to "identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."[1]

AACTA Award for
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Current recipient: Nicole Kidman
Presented byAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded1976
Currently held byNicole Kidman, Boy Erased (2018)

The award is handed out at the annual AACTA Awards, which rewards achievements in feature film, television, documentaries and short films.[2] From 1976 to 2010, the category was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), the Academy's parent organisation, at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (known as the AFI Awards).[3] When the AFI launched the Academy in 2011, it changed the annual ceremony to the AACTA Awards, with the current award being a continuum of the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[3]

Toni Collette and Judy Davis are the most awarded actresses in this category with three wins each. Candidates for this award must be human and female, and cannot be nominated in the leading actress category for the same role in the same production.[4]

Winners and nominees

Year Actress Film Role
1976 Melissa Jaffer Caddie Leslie
Jacki Weaver Josie
Kate Fitzpatrick Promised Woman Marge
Helen Garner Pure S Jo
Anne-Louise Lambert Picnic at Hanging Rock Miranda
1977 Veronica Lang Don's Party Jody
Anne Haddy The Fourth Wish Dr. Kirk
Ingrid Mason Break of Day Beth
Judy Morris The Picture Show Man Miss Lockhart
1978 Angela Punch McGregor Newsfront Fay
Carol Burns The Mango Tree Maudie Plover
Diane Craig Miss Pringle
Patricia Kennedy The Getting of Wisdom Miss Chapman
1979 Pat Evison Tim Em Melville
Aileen Britton My Brilliant Career Grandma Bossier
Wendy Hughes Aunt Helen
Patricia Kennedy Aunt Gussie
1980 Jill Perryman Maybe This Time Mother
Michele Fawdon Maybe This Time Margo
Jude Kuring Meredith
Lorna Lesley The Chain Reaction Gloria
1981 Judy Davis Hoodwink Sarah
Cathy Downes Winter of Our Dreams Gretel
Marion Edward Road Games Frita
Rebecca Riggs Fatty Finn Tilly
1982 Kris McQuade Fighting Back Mrs. Goodwood
Alice Garner Monkey Grip Gracie
Sandy Gore Norman Loves Rose Maureen
Myra De Groot Mother
1983 Linda Hunt The Year of Living Dangerously Billy Kwan
Pat Evison The Clinic Alda
Sandy Gore Undercover Nina
Robyn Nevin Careful, He Might Hear You Lila
1984 Anna Maria Monticelli Silver City Anna
Sandy Gore Street Hero Bonnie Rogers
Monica Maughan Annie's Coming Out Vera Peters
Peta Toppano Street Hero Vinnie's Mother
1985 Annie Byron Fran Marge
Genevieve Mooy Emoh Ruo Margaret York
Narelle Simpson Fran Lisa
Kerry Walker Bliss Alice Dalton
1986 Lindy Davies Malcolm Judith
Kylie Belling The Fringe Dwellers Noonah Comeaway
Victoria Longley The More Things Change... Geraldine
Kerry Walker Twelfth Night Feste
1987 Jan Adele High Tide Bet
Kaarin Fairfax Belinda Sandra
Julie Hamilton The Place at the Coast Enid Burroughs
Claudia Karvan High Tide Ally
1988 Tina Bursill Jilted Paula
Mary Coustas Mull Helen
Sue Jones Deborah Mullens
Julie Nihill Boundaries of the Heart June Thompson
1989 Victoria Longley Celia Alice Tanner
Dorothy Barry Sweetie Flo
Mary-Anne Fahey Celia Pat Carmichael
Nicole Kidman Emerald City Helen
1990 Julia Blake Father Iya Zetnick
Ruth Cracknell Kokoda Crescent Alice
Penne Hackforth-Jones Carol
Maggie King The Big Steal Edith Clark
1991 Fiona Press Waiting Therese
Toni Collette Spotswood Wendy Robinson
Gosia Dobrowolska A Woman's Tale Anna
Helen Jones Waiting Sandy
1992 Pat Thomson Strictly Ballroom Shirley Hastings
Gia Carides Strictly Ballroom Liz Holt
Willa O'Neill Secrets Vicki
Miranda Otto The Last Days of Chez Nous Annie
1993 Judy Davis On My Own The Mother
Jill Forster Say a Little Prayer Mrs. Easterbrook
Kris McQuade Broken Highway Woman
Kerry Walker The Piano Aunt Morag
1994 Rachel Griffiths Muriel's Wedding Rhonda Epinstall
Jeanie Drynan Muriel's Wedding Betty Heslop
Deborah Kennedy The Sum of Us Joyce Johnson
Jacqueline McKenzie Traps Viola
1995 Amanda Douge That Eye, the Sky Tegwyn Flack
Essie Davis Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Kate Rudd
Nadine Garner Metal Skin Roslyn
Rebecca Gibney Lucky Break Gloria Wrightman
1996 Toni Collette Lilian's Story Young Lilian Singer
Zoe Carides Brilliant Lies Katy Connor
Alice Garner Love and Other Catastrophes Alice
Annette Shun Wah Floating Life Yen Chan
1997 Cate Blanchett Thank God He Met Lizzie Lizzie
Annie Byron Doing Time for Patsy Cline Mum
Sophie Lee The Castle Tracey Petropoulous
Rebecca Smart Blackrock Cherie Milenko
1998 Toni Collette The Boys Michelle
Angela Punch McGregor Terra Nova Margie
Miranda Otto In the Winter Dark Ronnie
Rena Owen Dance Me to My Song Rix
1999 Sacha Horler Soft Fruit Nadia
Claudia Karvan Passion Alfhild de Luce
Susie Porter Two Hands Deirdre
Emily Woof Passion Karen Holten
2000 Greta Scacchi Looking for Alibrandi Christina Alibrandi
Elena Cotta Looking for Alibrandi Katia Alibrandi
Sacha Horler Russian Doll Liza
Kris McQuade Better Than Sex Taxi Driver
2001 Rachael Blake Lantana Jane O'May
Lourdes Bartolomé La Spagnola Manola
Daniela Farinacci Lantana Paula D'Amato
Belinda McClory Mullet Kay
2002 Judi Farr Walking on Water Margaret
Celia Ireland Australian Rules Liz Black
Anna Lise Phillips The New Girlfriend Rachel
Maya Stange Garage Days Kate
2003 Sacha Horler Travelling Light Bronwyn White
Melanie Griffith The Night We Called It a Day Barbara Marx
Miranda Richardson The Rage in Placid Lake Sylvia Lake
Helen Thomson Gettin' Square Marion Barrington
2004 Lynette Curran Somersault Irene
Hollie Andrew Somersault Bianca
Rachael Blake Tom White Helen White
Loene Carmen Christine
2005 Noni Hazlehurst Little Fish Janelle Heart
Daniela Farinacci Look Both Ways Julia
Tracy Mann Hating Alison Ashley Erica's mother
Kestie Morassi Wolf Creek Kristy Earl
2006 Susie Porter Caterpillar Wish Susan Woodbridge
Deborra-Lee Furness Jindabyne Jude
Noni Hazlehurst Candy Elaine Wyatt
Genevieve Lemon Suburban Mayhem Dianne
2007 Emma Booth Clubland Jill
Sibylla Budd The Bet Tory
Irene Chen The Home Song Stories May
Esme Melville Romulus, My Father Miss Collard
2008 Toni Collette The Black Balloon Maggie Mollison
Saskia Burmeister The Jammed Vanya
Maeve Dermody Black Water Lee
Leeanna Walsman Bitter & Twisted Indigo Samvini
2009 Rachel Griffiths Beautiful Kate Sally Kendall
Maeve Dermody Beautiful Kate Toni
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson Samson and Delilah Nana
Bea Viegas Balibo Juliana
2010 Deborah Mailman Bran Nue Dae Roxanne
Julia Blake The Boys Are Back Barbara
Kerry Fox Bright Star Fanny's mother
Laura Wheelwright Animal Kingdom Nicky Henry
AACTA Awards
Louise Harris Snowtown Elizabeth Harvey
Morgana Davies The Hunter Sass
Helen Morse The Eye of the Storm Lotte
Alexandra Schepisi Flora
Jessica Mauboy The Sapphires Julie
Essie Davis Burning Man Karen
Rebecca Gibney Mental Shirley Moochmore
Deborah Mailman Sandra
Elizabeth Debicki The Great Gatsby Jordan Baker
Isla Fisher The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson
Mirrah Foulkes The Turning Fay Keenan
Alice Keohavong The Rocket Mali
Susan Prior The Rover Dorothy Peeples
Erin James The Little Death Monica
Jacqueline McKenzie The Water Diviner Eliza Connor
Kate Mulvany The Little Death Evie
Judy Davis The Dressmaker Molly Dunnage
Emma Hamilton Last Cab to Darwin Julie
Deborah Mailman Paper Planes Maureen
Sarah Snook The Dressmaker Gertrude "Trudy" Pratt
Miranda Otto The Daughter Charlotte
Kerry Armstrong Pawno Jennifer Montgomery
Rachel Griffiths Hacksaw Ridge Bertha Doss
Anna Torv The Daughter Anna
Nicole Kidman Lion Sue Brierley
Frances Duca Ali's Wedding Zahra
Jacqueline McKenzie Don't Tell Jean Dalton
Susie Porter Hounds of Love Maggie Maloney
Nicole Kidman Boy Erased Nancy Eamons
Elizabeth Debicki Breath Eva
Natassia Gorey-Furber Sweet Country Lizzie Kelly
Noni Hazlehurst Ladies in Black Miss Cartwright
Simone Kessell 1% Hayley
Magnolia Maymuru The Nightingale Lowanna
Tilda Cobham-Hervey Hotel Mumbai Sally
Hilary Swank I Am Mother Woman
Bolude Watson Hearts and Bones Anishka Ahmed
Ursula Yovich Top End Wedding Daffy Ford


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