AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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The Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role is an award in the annual Australian Film Institute Awards. It has been awarded annually since 1974.

Previous winners

YearFilmSubjectRole
1970s
1974 Barry Humphries The Great Macarthy Colonel Ball-Miller
1975 Reg Lye Sunday Too Far Away Old Garth
1976 Drew Forsythe Caddie Sonny
Jonathan Hardy The Devil's Playground Brother Arnold
Thomas Keneally Father Marshall
Tony Llewellyn-Jones Picnic at Hanging Rock Tom
1977 John Ewart The Picture Show Man Freddie
John Ewart Let the Balloon Go Constable Baird
Bill Hunter Mad Dog Morgan Sergeant Smith
Christopher Pate Raw Deal Dick
1978 Ray Barrett The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Farrell
Peter Carroll The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith McCready
Don Crosby Newsfront A.G. Marwood
Chris Haywood Chris Hewitt
1979 Alwyn Kurts Tim Ron Melville
Michael Duffield The Last of the Knucklemen Methuselah
Robert Grubb My Brilliant Career Frank Hawdon
Hugh Keays-Byrne Mad Max Toecutter
1980s
1980 Bryan Brown Breaker Morant Lt. Peter Handcock
Lewis Fitz-Gerald Breaker Morant Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Dennis Miller Stir Redford
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell Breaker Morant Lt. Col. Denny
1981 Bill Hunter Gallipoli Major Barton
Max Cullen Hoodwink Buster
Harold Hopkins The Club Danny Rowe
Bill Kerr Gallipoli Redford
1982 Warren Mitchell Norman Loves Rose Morris
David Argue Going Down Greg / Trixie
John Bell Far East Peter Reeves
Garry McDonald The Pirate Movie Sergeant / Inspector
1983 John Hargreaves Careful, He Might Hear You Logan
Simon Chilvers Buddies Alfred
John Meillon The Wild Duck Old Ackland
Martin Vaughan The Winds of Jarrah Ben
1984 Steve Bisley Silver City Victor
David Argue BMX Bandits Whitey
Steve Bisley Fast Talking Redback
Peter Hehir Ralph Carson
1985 Nique Needles The Boy Who Had Everything Graham Cummerford
Bryan Brown Rebel Tiger
Jon Ewing Bliss Aldo
Mark Little An Indecent Obsession Benedict Maynard
1986 John Hargreaves Malcolm Frank Baker
Maurie Fields Death of a Soldier Det. Sgt. Martin
Mark Little Short Changed Curly
John Walton Kangaroo Jack Calcott
1987 Ben Mendelsohn The Year My Voice Broke Trevor Leishman
Donald Pleasence Ground Zero Prosper Gaffney
Bobby Smith Initiation Kulu
Steven Vidler The Umbrella Woman Sugar Hills
1988 Kim Gyngell Boulevard of Broken Dreams Ian McKenzie
Bruno Lawrence Grievous Bodily Harm Mick
Paul Livingston The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Martin
John Meillon The Everlasting Secret Family Judge
1989 Chris Haywood Emerald City Mike
John Darling Sweetie Gordon
Kym Gyngell Heaven Tonight Martin
Bogdan Koca Ghosts… of the Civil Dead Waychek
1990s
1990 Steve Bisley The Big Steal Gordon Farkas
John Polson Blood Oath Pvt. Jimmy Fenton
Bartholomew Rose Flirting 'Gilby' Fryer
Toshi Shioya Blood Oath Lt. Tanaka
1991 Russell Crowe Proof Andy
Chris Haywood Aya Mac
Alwyn Kurts Spotswood Mr. Ball
John Moore Deadly Eddie
1992 Barry Otto Strictly Ballroom Doug Hastings
Bill Hunter The Last Days of Chez Nous Beth's Father
Daniel Pollock Romper Stomper Davey
August Schellenberg Black Robe Chomina
1993 David Ngoombujarra Blackfellas Floyd "Pretty Boy" Davies
Nico Lathouris The Heartbreak Kid George
Sam Neill The Piano Alisdair Stewart
Barry Otto The Custodian Ferguson
1994 Max Cullen Spider & Rose Jack
Bill Hunter Muriel's Wedding Bill Heslop
Kiet Lam Traps Tuan
John Polson The Sum of Us Greg
1995 Ray Barrett Hotel Sorrento Wal Moynihan
Ben Mendelsohn Metal Skin Dazey
Noah Taylor Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Joe Rudd
Ben Thomas Hotel Sorrento Troy Moynihan
1996 Armin Mueller-Stahl Shine Peter
Ray Barrett Brilliant Lies Brian Connor
Robert Morgan Life Snakey
Barry Otto Cosi Roy
1997 Andrew S. Gilbert Kiss or Kill Detective Crean
Chris Haywood Kiss or Kill Detective Inspector Hummer
Simon Lyndon Blackrock Ricko
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell The Castle Lawrence Hammill QC
1998 John Polson The Boys Glenn Sprague
Paul Capsis Head On Johnny/Tula
Anthony Hayes The Boys Stevie Sprague
Geoffrey Rush A Little Bit of Soul Godfrey Usher
1999 Bryan Brown Two Hands Pando
Roy Billing Siam Sunset Bill Leach
Mitchell Butel Strange Fits of Passion Jimmy
Andrew S. Gilbert Paperback Hero Hamish
2000s
2000 Simon Lyndon Chopper Jimmy Loughnan
Martin Henderson Kick Tom Bradshaw
Sam Neill My Mother Frank Professor Mortlock
Terry Norris Innocence John
2001 Vince Colosimo Lantana Nik D'Amato
Alex Dimitriades La Spagnola Stefano
Andrew S. Gilbert Mullet Peter Maloney
Richard Roxburgh Moulin Rouge! The Duke of Monroth
2002 Nathaniel Dean Walking on Water Simon
Luke Carroll Australian Rules Dumby Red
Joel Edgerton The Hard Word Shane Twentyman
David Gulpilil Rabbit-Proof Fence Moodoo the Tracker
2003 David Ngoombujarra Black and White Young Max Stuart
Orlando Bloom Ned Kelly Joe Byrne
Tony Bonner Liquid Bridge Bob McCallum
Mitchell Butel Gettin' Square Con Katsakis
David Field Arnie DeViers
2004 Erik Thomson Somersault Richard
Nathaniel Dean Somersault Stuart
Dan Spielman Tom White Matt
Hugo Weaving The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Rubicondo the dentist
2005 Anthony Hayes Look Both Ways Andy Walker
Martin Henderson Little Fish Ray Heart
John Hurt The Proposition Jellon Lamb
Robert Menzies Three Dollars Nick
2006 Anthony Hayes Suburban Mayhem Kenny
Tom Budge Last Train to Freo Trev
Ronald Jacobson Kenny Bill Smyth
Geoffrey Rush Candy Casper
2007 Marton Csokas Romulus, My Father Hora
Russell Dykstra Romulus, My Father Mitru
Frankie J. Holden Clubland John Maitland
Richard Wilson Mark
2008 Luke Ford The Black Balloon Charlie Mollison
Joel Edgerton The Square Billy
Anthony Hayes Greg "Smithy" Smith
Erik Thomson The Black Balloon Simon Mollison
2009 Oscar Isaac Balibo José Ramos-Horta
Bryan Brown Beautiful Kate Bruce Kendall
Damon Gameau Balibo Greg Shackleton
Brandon Walters Australia Nullah
2010s
2010 Joel Edgerton Animal Kingdom Barry 'Baz' Brown
Guy Pearce Animal Kingdom Nathan Leckie
Kodi Smit-McPhee Matching Jack Finn
Sullivan Stapleton Animal Kingdom Craig Cody
AACTA Awards
2011
(1st)
Hugo Weaving Oranges and Sunshine Jack
John Gaden The Eye of the Storm Arnold Wyburd
Sam Neill The Hunter Jack Mindy
Robert Rabiah Face to Face Hakim Slimon
2012
(2nd)
Antony Starr Wish You Were Here Jeremy King
Ryan Corr Not Suitable for Children Gus
Liev Schreiber Mental Trevor Blundell
Gary Waddell The King is Dead King
2013
(3rd)
Joel Edgerton The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan
Marton Csokas Dead Europe Nico
Suthep Po-ngam The Rocket Purple
Angus Sampson 100 Bloody Acres Lindsay Morgan
2014
(4th)
Yılmaz Erdoğan The Water Diviner Major Hasan
Patrick Brammall The Little Death Richard
Robert Pattinson The Rover Reynolds
T.J. Power The Little Death Sam
2015
(5th)
Hugo Weaving The Dressmaker Sergeant Farrat
Mark Coles Smith Last Cab to Darwin Tilly
Alex Dimitriades Ruben Guthrie Damian
Anthony LaPaglia Holding the Man Bob Caleo
2016
(6th)
Hugo Weaving Hacksaw Ridge Tom Doss
Mark Coles Smith Pawno Pauly
Damon Herriman Down Under Jason
Sam Neill The Daughter Walter
2017
(7th)
Dev Patel Lion Saroo Brierley
Don Hany Ali's Wedding Mehdi
Jack Thompson Don't Tell Bob Myers
Hugo Weaving Jasper Jones Mad Jack Lionel
2018
(8th)
Simon Baker Breath Sando
Fayssal Bazzi The Merger Sayyid
Russell Crowe Boy Erased Marshall Eamons
Joel Edgerton Victor Sykes
Josh McConville 1% Skink
2019
(9th)
Joel Edgerton The King Fastolf
Damon Herriman The Nightingale Ruse
Andrew Luri Hearts and Bones Sebastian Ahmed
Ben Mendelsohn The King King Henry IV
Michael Sheasby The Nightingale Aidan Carroll
2020
(10th)
Ben Mendelsohn Babyteeth
Fayssal Bazzi Measure for Measure
Russell Crowe True History of the Kelly Gang
Aaron Jeffery The Flood
Wesley Patten H is for Happiness

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