The Supporting Actor and Actress Academy Awards were added to the roster of competitive categories starting with the ninth ceremony in 1937. As mentioned previously, the dividing line between a leading and supporting performance has never been precisely defined or clear. Javier Bardem's role in No Country for Old Men is no more a supporting character than Anthony Hopkins' in The Silence of the Lambs. What defines Walter Matthau and not Jack Lemmon as the support in The Fortune Cookie? And on and on.
For each of the acting categories I've made a point of writing up and briefly addressing the performances themselves, and ranking them, because I have problems. As I think is befitting the nature of the support categories, these comments are likely to be a bit shorter and more flippant than in the two projects like this I've already completed. Here goes nothing.