Still expanding the Silent Oscars backwards—what can I tell you, I accidentally learned too much about old silent movies to keep my opinions to myself.
I'm not picking supporting actors for the years before 1914. Basically, the way movies were filmed in those days, with relatively simple stories and few close-ups, actors other than the stars were just props, no more three dimensional than some of the sets they stood in front of. Hell, three dimensional? They were barely two dimensional, mostly just standing there so the star wouldn't get lonely.
Oh, and when I say Fantômas, I mean the entire five film serial ...
winner: Fantômas (prod. Romeo Bosetti)
nominees: Der Student von Prag (prod. Deutsche Bioscop GmbH); Sumerki zhenskoi dushi a.k.a. Twilight Of A Woman's Soul (prod. Aleksandr Khanzhonkov); Suspense (prod. Rex Motion Picture Company); Traffic In Souls (prod. Jack Cohn and Walter MacNamara)
winner: Roscoe Arbuckle (The Keystone Comedies)
nomiees: René Navarre (Fantômas); Paul Wegener (Der Student von Prag)
winner: Hilda Borgström (Ingeborg Holm)
nominees: Lillian Gish (The Mothering Heart); Mabel Normand (The Keystone Comedies)
winner: Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley (Suspense)
nominees: Yevgeni Bauer (Sumerki zhenskoi dushi a.k.a. Twilight Of A Woman's Soul); Louis Feuillade (Fantômas)
winner: Louis Feuillade, from the novels by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (Fantômas)
nominees: Victor Sjöström, from a play by Nils Krok (Ingeborg Holm); Walter MacNamara, from a story by George Loane Tucker (Traffic In Souls)
Nikolai Kozlovsky (Sumerki zhenskoi dushi a.k.a. Twilight Of A Woman's Soul) (Cinematography)