Top-billed stars in films winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

For every film where a cast member won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, name the actor or actress who received top billing.
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Year
Supporting Actor and Film
Top billed
1936 (9th Awards)
Walter Brennan in "Come and Get It"
Edward Arnold
1937 (10th Awards)
Joseph Schildkraut in "The Life of Emile Zola"
Paul Muni
1938 (11th Awards)
Walter Brennan in "Kentucky"
Loretta Young
1939 (12th Awards)
Thomas Mitchell in "Stagecoach"
Claire Trevor
1940 (13th Awards)
Walter Brennan in "The Westerner"
Gary Cooper
1941 (14th Awards)
Donald Crisp in "How Green Was My Valley"
Walter Pidgeon
1942 (15th Awards)
Van Heflin in "Johnny Eager"
Robert Taylor
1943 (16th Awards)
Charles Coburn in "The More the Merrier"
Jean Arthur
1944 (17th Awards)
Barry Fitzgerald in "Going My Way"
Bing Crosby
1945 (18th Awards)
James Dunn in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
Dorothy McGuire
1946 (19th Awards)
Harold Russell in "The Best Years of Our Lives"
Myrna Loy
1947 (20th Awards)
Edmund Gwenn in "Miracle on 34th Street"
Maureen O'Hara
1948 (21st Awards)
Walter Huston in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
Humphrey Bogart
1949 (22nd Awards)
Dean Jagger in "Twelve O'Clock High"
Gregory Peck
1950 (23rd Awards)
George Sanders in "All About Eve"
Bette Davis
1951 (24th Awards)
Karl Malden in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Vivien Leigh
1952 (25th Awards)
Anthony Quinn in "Viva Zapata!"
Marlon Brando
1953 (26th Awards)
Frank Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity"
Burt Lancaster
1954 (27th Awards)
Edmond O'Brien in "The Barefoot Contessa"
Humphrey Bogart
1955 (28th Awards)
Jack Lemmon in "Mister Roberts"
Henry Fonda
1956 (29th Awards)
Anthony Quinn in "Lust for Life"
Kirk Douglas
1957 (30th Awards)
Red Buttons in "Sayonara"
Marlon Brando
1958 (31st Awards)
Burl Ives in "The Big Country"
Gregory Peck
1959 (32nd Awards)
Hugh Griffith in "Ben-Hur"
Charlton Heston
1960 (33rd Awards)
Peter Ustinov in "Spartacus"
Kirk Douglas
1961 (34th Awards)
George Chakiris in "West Side Story"
Natalie Wood
1962 (35th Awards)
Ed Begley, Sr. in "Sweet Bird of Youth"
Paul Newman
1963 (36th Awards)
Melvyn Douglas in "Hud"
Paul Newman
1964 (37th Awards)
Peter Ustinov in "Topkapi"
Melina Mercouri
1965 (38th Awards)
Martin Balsam in "A Thousand Clowns"
Jason Robards
1966 (39th Awards)
Walter Matthau in "The Fortune Cookie"
Jack Lemmon
1967 (40th Awards)
George Kennedy in "Cool Hand Luke"
Paul Newman
1968 (41st Awards)
Jack Albertson in "The Subject Was Roses"
Patricia Neal
1969 (42nd Awards)
Gig Young in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Jane Fonda
1970 (43rd Awards)
John Mills in "Ryan's Daughter"
Robert Mitchum
1971 (44th Awards)
Ben Johnson in "The Last Picture Show"
Timothy Bottoms
1972 (45th Awards)
Joel Grey in "Cabaret"
Liza Minnelli
1973 (46th Awards)
John Houseman in "The Paper Chase"
Timothy Bottoms
1974 (47th Awards)
Robert De Niro in "The Godfather Part II"
Al Pacino
1975 (48th Awards)
George Burns in "The Sunshine Boys"
Walter Matthau
1976 (49th Awards)
Jason Robards in "All the President's Men"
Robert Redford
1977 (50th Awards)
Jason Robards in "Julia"
Jane Fonda
1978 (51st Awards)
Christopher Walken in "The Deer Hunter"
Robert De Niro
1979 (52nd Awards)
Melvyn Douglas in "Being There"
Peter Sellers
1980 (53rd Awards)
Timothy Hutton in "Ordinary People"
Donald Sutherland
1981 (54th Awards)
John Gielgud in "Arthur"
Dudley Moore
1982 (55th Awards)
Louis Gossett, Jr. in "An Officer and a Gentleman"
Richard Gere
1983 (56th Awards)
Jack Nicholson in "Terms of Endearment"
Shirley MacLaine
1984 (57th Awards)
Haing S. Ngor in "The Killing Fields"
Sam Waterston
1985 (58th Awards)
Don Ameche in "Cocoon"
Don Ameche
1986 (59th Awards)
Michael Caine in "Hannah and Her Sisters"
Woody Allen
1987 (60th Awards)
Sean Connery in "The Untouchables"
Kevin Costner
1988 (61st Awards)
Kevin Kline in "A Fish Called Wanda"
John Cleese
1989 (62nd Awards)
Denzel Washington in "Glory"
Matthew Broderick
1990 (63rd Awards)
Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas"
Robert De Niro
1991 (64th Awards)
Jack Palance in "City Slickers"
Billy Crystal
1992 (65th Awards)
Gene Hackman in "Unforgiven"
Clint Eastwood
1993 (66th Awards)
Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive"
Harrison Ford
1994 (67th Awards)
Martin Landau in "Ed Wood"
Johnny Depp
1995 (68th Awards)
Kevin Spacey in "The Usual Suspects"
Stephen Baldwin
1996 (69th Awards)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "Jerry Maguire"
Tom Cruise
1997 (70th Awards)
Robin Williams in "Good Will Hunting"
Robin Williams
1998 (71st Awards)
James Coburn in "Affliction"
Nick Nolte
1999 (72nd Awards)
Michael Caine in "The Cider House Rules"
Tobey Maguire
2000 (73rd Awards)
Benicio del Toro in "Traffic"
Michael Douglas
2001 (74th Awards)
Jim Broadbent in "Iris"
Judi Dench
2002 (75th Awards)
Chris Cooper in "Adaptation."
Nicolas Cage
2003 (76th Awards)
Tim Robbins in "Mystic River"
Sean Penn
2004 (77th Awards)
Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby"
Clint Eastwood
2005 (78th Awards)
George Clooney in "Syriana"
George Clooney
2006 (79th Awards)
Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
Greg Kinnear
2007 (80th Awards)
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men"
Tommy Lee Jones
2008 (81st Awards)
Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"
Christian Bale
2009 (82nd Awards)
Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds"
Brad Pitt
2010 (83rd Awards)
Christian Bale in "The Fighter"
Mark Wahlberg
2011 (84th Awards)
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Ewan McGregor
2012 (85th Awards)
Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Jamie Foxx
2013 (86th Awards)
Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"
Matthew McConaughey
2014 (87th Awards)
J. K. Simmons in "Whiplash"
Miles Teller
2015 (88th Awards)
Mark Rylance in "Bridge of Spies"
Tom Hanks
2016 (89th Awards)
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali in "Moonlight"
Trevante Rhodes
2017 (90th Awards)
Sam Rockwell in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Frances McDormand
2018 (91st Awards)
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali in "Green Book"
Viggo Mortensen
2019 (92nd Awards)
Brad Pitt in "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood"
Leonardo DiCaprio
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Level 66
Sep 11, 2016
Nicolas, not Nicholas, Cage.
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Level 57
Sep 11, 2016
Thanks! Fixed.