Oscars: 20 Years of Acting Winners With Their Trophies

10:21 AM 3/3/2018

by Zoe Haylock

Check out backstage photos of the Academy Award recipients for best actor, actress and supporting actor and actress dating back to 1998.

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Every year, the Oscars names the best four actors in the supporting and leading role categories.

Some are surprising, like Marisa Tomei's supporting actress win for the comedy My Cousin Vinny.

Others were long overdue, such as Halle Berry's glass-shattering best actress award for Monster's Ball.

And after the winners are crowned, the four acting award recipients typically pose together backstage, clutching their Oscars, for a traditional group photo.

Check out the acting award winners dating back to 1998, photographed together below.

Mar. 5, 6:20 a.m. Updated to include the 2018 Oscar winners.

  • 2018

    This year, the Oscar awards for best supporting actor and best actress in a leading role went to Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri's Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand. Best supporting actress was awarded to Allison Janney from I, Tonya. Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

  • 2017

    Casey Affleck won best actor for Manchester by the Sea. Mahershala Ali took home best supporting actor for his role in Moonlight. Emma Stone and Viola Davis won the Oscars for best actress and best supporting actress for La La Land and Fences, respectively.

  • 2016

    Taking home best actor and best supporting actor were Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Rylance for The Revenant and Bridge of Spies, respectively. Brie Larson won best actress for Room, and Alicia Vikander nabbed best supporting actress for The Danish Girl.

  • 2015

    The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne won best actor. Supporting actor went to J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. Julianne Moore took home a long-awaited best actress Oscar for Still Alice. From Boyhood, Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress. 

  • 2014

    Dallas Buyers Club actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home wins in the male acting categories. Cate Blanchett won her second Oscar for her work in Blue Jasmine. Best supporting actress went to Lupita Nyong'o from 12 Years a Slave

  • 2013

    Christoph Waltz won his second best supporting actor award for Django Unchained. The best actor in a leading role award went to Daniel Day-Lewis from Lincoln, collecting his third Oscar. Jennifer Lawrence was named best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Anne Hathaway won the best supporting actress Oscar for the musical Les Miserables

  • 2012

    Three out of four of 2012's acting winners were also nominated in the same categories in 2018. Meryl Streep won best actress for The Iron Lady (nominated in 2018 for The Post), Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress for The Help (nominated six years later for The Shape of Water) and Christopher Plummer won best supporting actor for Beginners (in 2018 he was up for All The Money In The World). 2012's best actor winner was Jean Dujardin from The Artist

  • 2011

    Colin Firth took home best actor for The King's Speech. Natalie Portman earned best actress for Black Swan. The supporting actor awards went to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo from The Fighter

  • 2010

    Christoph Waltz won his first Academy Award this year for Inglourious Basterds. The award for actor in a leading role went to Jeff Bridges from Crazy Heart. Best actress went to Sandra Bullock from The Blind Side. Mo'Nique from Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire won best supporting actress. 

  • 2009

    Sean Penn won best actor for Milk. Kate Winslet took home best actress for The Reader, while Penelope Cruz won supporting actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Heath Ledger won best supporting actor (for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight) posthumously. The award was accepted by his family.

  • 2008

    Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Academy Award for There Will Be Blood. Javier Bardem won best supporting actor for No Country for Old Men. Marion Cotillard won best actress for La Vie en Rose. Best  supporting actress went to Tilda Swinton for her role in Michael Clayton

  • 2007

    In 2007, Forest Whitaker won best actor for The Last King of Scotland and Helen Mirren won best actress for The Queen. Jennifer Hudson won the best supporting actress award on her first nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. Supporting actor went to Little Miss Sunshine's Alan Arkin

  • 2006

    Capote's Phillip Seymour Hoffman won best actor this year. George Clooney was named best supporting actor for his performance in Syriana. Reese Witherspoon won best actress for Walk the Line, and Rachel Weisz won supporting actress for The Constant Gardener

  • 2005

    Million Dollar Baby stars Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank took home best supporting actor and best actress. Jamie Foxx won best actor for Ray, and Cate Blanchett won supporting actress for The Aviator

  • 2004

    Sean Penn and Tim Robbins took both actor awards for Mystic River. Charlize Theron won best actress for Monster, and Renee Zellweger won best supporting for Cold Mountain

  • 2003

    This year, Adrien Brody won best actor for The Pianist. Best supporting actor went to Chris Cooper from Adaptation. Nicole Kidman won best actress for The Hours. Catherine Zeta-Jones took home best supporting actress for her role in the musical Chicago

  • 2002

    In 2002, Halle Berry became the first black woman to win best actress for her role in Monster's Ball. Denzel Washington won best actor for Training Day. Best supporting actor went to Jim Broadbent for Iris, and supporting actress was Jennifer Connelly from A Beautiful Mind

  • 2001

    Best actor and best supporting actor went to Russell Crowe and Benicio del Toro for their roles in Gladiator and Traffic, respectively. Julia Roberts won best actress for Erin Brockovich. Marcia Gay Harden won supporting actress for Pollock

  • 2000

    Best actress went to Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry. Kevin Spacey won best actor in a leading role for American Beauty while best supporting actor went to Cider House Rules' Michael Caine. Best supporting actress went to Angelina Jolie from Girl, Interrupted

  • 1999

    Shakespeare in Love was represented in both actress awards: best actress Gwyneth Paltrow and supporting actress Judi Dench. As for the men, best actor went to Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful and supporting actor went to James Coburn for Affliction

  • 1998

    20 years ago, Jack Nicholson won best actor and Helen Hunt won best actress for As Good As It Gets. Robin Williams won best supporting actor for Good Will Hunting. Kim Basinger won best supporting actress for L.A. Confidential