List of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees. This list is based on "statistics valid through the nomination announcement for the 2010 (83rd) Awards, announced on January 25, 2011", as documented in The Official Academy Awards Database.[1]

Best Director[edit]

Oldest winners[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Directing: Oldest/Youngest Directing Nominees/Winners: AMPAS Awards Database[2]
Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 74 years, 272 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby 2004 May 31, 1930 February 27, 2005 Has held record for 9 years (2005–2014)
2 69 years, 217 days Polanski, RomanRoman Polanski The Pianist 2002 August 18, 1933 March 23, 2003 Held record for 2 years (2003–2005)
3 65 years, 272 days Cukor, GeorgeGeorge Cukor My Fair Lady 1964 July 7, 1899 April 5, 1965 Held record for 38 years (1965–2003)
4 64 years, 100 days Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese The Departed 2006 November 17, 1942 February 25, 2007
5 62 years, 302 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Unforgiven 1992 May 31, 1930 March 29, 1993
6 62 years, 105 days Reed, CarolCarol Reed Oliver! 1968 December 30, 1906 April 14, 1969
7 59 years, 346 days Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons 1966 April 29, 1907 April 10, 1967
8 59 years, 225 days Attenborough, RichardRichard Attenborough Gandhi 1982 August 29, 1923 April 11, 1983
9 59 years, 46 days Ford, JohnJohn Ford The Quiet Man 1952 February 1, 1894 March 19, 1953 Held record for 12 years (1953–1965)
10 58 years, 124 days Lee, AngAng Lee Life of Pi 2012 October 23, 1954 February 24, 2013

Oldest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 79 years, 184 days Huston, JohnJohn Huston Prizzi's Honor 1985 August 5, 1906 February 5, 1986 Has held record for 28 years (1986–2014)
2 78 years, 193 days Crichton, CharlesCharles Crichton A Fish Called Wanda 1988 August 6, 1910 February 15, 1989
3 76 years, 357 days Altman, RobertRobert Altman Gosford Park 2001 February 20, 1925 February 12, 2002
4 76 years, 318 days Lean, DavidDavid Lean A Passage to India 1984 March 25, 1908 February 6, 1985 Held record for 1 year (1985–1986)
5 76 years, 237 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 May 31, 1930 January 23, 2007
6 76 years, 54 days Allen, WoodyWoody Allen Midnight In Paris 2011 December 1, 1935 January 24, 2012
7 75 years, 319 days Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Ran 1985 March 23, 1910 February 5, 1986
8 74 years, 239 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby 2004 May 31, 1930 January 25, 2005 Winner
9 73 years, 241 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Mystic River 2003 May 31, 1930 January 27, 2004
10 71 years, 181 days DeMille, Cecil B.Cecil B. DeMille The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 August 12, 1881 February 9, 1953 Held record for 32 years (1953–1985)

Youngest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 32 years, 260 days Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Skippy 1930/31 February 23, 1899 November 10, 1931 Has held record for 83 years (1931–2014)
2 33 years, 228 days Milestone, LewisLewis Milestone Two Arabian Knights 1927/28 September 30, 1895 May 16, 1929 Held record for 2 years (1929–1931)
3 34 years, 238 days Mendes, SamSam Mendes American Beauty 1999 August 1, 1965 March 26, 2000
4 35 years, 23 days Borzage, FrankFrank Borzage 7th Heaven 1927/28 April 23, 1894 May 16, 1929
5 35 years, 36 days Milestone, LewisLewis Milestone All Quiet on the Western Front 1929/30 September 30, 1895 November 5, 1930
6 35 years, 313 days Richardson, TonyTony Richardson Tom Jones 1963 June 5, 1928 April 13, 1964
7 36 years, 1 day Coppola, Francis FordFrancis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II 1974 April 7, 1939 April 8, 1975
8 36 years, 51 days Mann, DelbertDelbert Mann Marty 1955 January 30, 1920 March 21, 1956
9 36 years, 66 days Costner, KevinKevin Costner Dances with Wolves 1990 January 18, 1955 March 25, 1991
10 36 years, 156 days Nichols, MikeMike Nichols The Graduate 1967 November 6, 1931 April 10, 1968

Youngest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 24 years, 44 days Singleton, JohnJohn Singleton Boyz n the Hood 1991 January 6, 1968 February 19, 1992 Has held record for 22 years (1992–2014)
2 26 years, 279 days Welles, OrsonOrson Welles Citizen Kane 1941 May 6, 1915 February 9, 1942 Held record for 50 years (1942–1992)
3 29 years, 66 days Branagh, KennethKenneth Branagh Henry V 1989 December 10, 1960 February 14, 1990
4 29 years, 113 days Lelouch, ClaudeClaude Lelouch A Man and a Woman 1966 October 30, 1937 February 20, 1967
5 29 years, 193 days Shyamalan, M. NightM. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense 1999 August 6, 1970 February 15, 2000
6 29 years, 281 days Lucas, GeorgeGeorge Lucas American Graffiti 1973 May 14, 1944 February 19, 1974
7 30 years, 88 days Zeitlin, BenhBenh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 October 14, 1982 January 10, 2013
8 30 years, 95 days Reitman, JasonJason Reitman Juno 2007 October 19, 1977 January 22, 2008
9 30 years, 116 days Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze Being John Malkovich 1999 October 22, 1969 February 15, 2000
10 31 years, 65 days Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 December 18, 1946 February 21, 1978

Best Actor in a Leading Role[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Acting: Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category: Actor [in a Leading Role]", AMPAS Awards Database[3]

Oldest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 76 years, 317 days Fonda, HenryHenry Fonda On Golden Pond 1981 May 16, 1905 March 29, 1982 Has held record for 32 years (1982–2014)
2 62 years, 316 days Wayne, JohnJohn Wayne True Grit 1969 May 26, 1907 April 7, 1970 Held record for 12 years (1970–1982)
3 62 years, 209 days Arliss, GeorgeGeorge Arliss Disraeli 1929/30 April 10, 1868 November 5, 1930 Held record for 40 years (1930–1970)
4 62 years, 63 days Newman, PaulPaul Newman The Color of Money 1986 January 26, 1925 March 30, 1987
5 60 years, 335 days Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson As Good as It Gets 1997 April 22, 1937 March 23, 1998
6 60 years, 181 days Finch, PeterPeter Finch Network 1976 September 28, 1916 March 28, 1977 Posthumous award
7 60 years, 93 days Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges Crazy Heart 2009 December 4, 1949 March 7, 2010
8 57 years, 40 days Colman, RonaldRonald Colman A Double Life 1947 February 9, 1891 March 20, 1948
9 57 years, 31 days Harrison, RexRex Harrison My Fair Lady 1964 March 5, 1908 April 5, 1965
10 56 years, 155 days Carney, ArtArt Carney Harry and Tonto 1974 November 4, 1918 April 8, 1975

Oldest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 79 years, 167 days Farnsworth, RichardRichard Farnsworth The Straight Story 1999 September 1, 1920 March 22, 2000 Has held record for 14 years (2000–2014)
2 77 years, 226 days Dern, BruceBruce Dern Nebraska 2013 June 06, 1936 January 16, 2014
3 76 years, 271 days Fonda, HenryHenry Fonda On Golden Pond 1981 May 16, 1905 March 29, 1982 Winner
Held record for 18 years (1982–2000)
4 74 years, 239 days Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby 2004 May 31, 1930 January 25, 2005
5 74 years, 174 days O'Toole, PeterPeter O'Toole Venus 2006 August 2, 1932 January 23, 2007
6 72 years, 246 days Freeman, MorganMorgan Freeman Invictus 2009 June 1, 1937 February 2, 2010
7 71 years, 274 days Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier The Boys from Brazil 1978 May 22, 1907 February 20, 1979 Held record for 3 years (1979–1982)
8 71 years, 21 days Langella, FrankFrank Langella Frost/Nixon 2008 January 1, 1938 January 22, 2009
9 70 years, 19 days Newman, PaulPaul Newman Nobody's Fool 1994 January 26, 1925 February 14, 1995
10 69 years, 334 days Caine, MichaelMichael Caine The Quiet American 2002 March 14, 1933 February 11, 2003

Youngest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 29 years, 343 days Brody, AdrienAdrien Brody The Pianist 2002 April 14, 1973 March 23, 2003 Has held record for 11 years (2003–2014)
2 30 years, 156 days Dreyfuss, RichardRichard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl 1977 October 29, 1947 April 3, 1978 Held record for 25 years (1978–2003)
3 30 years, 361 days Brando, MarlonMarlon Brando On the Waterfront 1954 April 3, 1924 March 30, 1955 Held record for 23 years (1955–1978)
4 31 years, 122 days Schell, MaximilianMaximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 December 8, 1930 April 9, 1962
5 32 years, 78 days Cage, NicolasNicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas 1995 January 7, 1964 March 25, 1996
6 32 years, 283 days Stewart, JamesJames Stewart The Philadelphia Story 1940 May 20, 1908 February 27, 1941 Held record for 14 years (1941–1955)
7 32 years, 331 days Day-Lewis, DanielDaniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot 1989 April 29, 1957 March 26, 1990
8 34 years, 26 days Gable, ClarkClark Gable It Happened One Night 1934 February 1, 1901 February 27, 1935 Held record for 6 years (1935–1941)
9 34 years, 258 days Laughton, CharlesCharles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII 1932/33 July 1, 1899 March 16, 1934 Held record for 1 year (1934–1935)
10 34 years, 348 days Donat, RobertRobert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 March 18, 1905 February 29, 1940

Youngest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 9 years, 20 days Cooper, JackieJackie Cooper Skippy 1930/31 September 15, 1922 October 5, 1931 Has held record for 83 years (1931–2014)
2 19 years, 142 days Rooney, MickeyMickey Rooney Babes in Arms 1939 September 23, 1920 February 12, 1940
3 23 years, 137 days Rooney, MickeyMickey Rooney The Human Comedy 1943 September 23, 1920 February 7, 1944
4 24 years, 3 days Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Saturday Night Fever 1977 February 18, 1954 February 21, 1978
5 25 years, 10 days Dean, JamesJames Dean East of Eden 1955 February 8, 1931 February 18, 1956 Posthumous nomination
6 26 years, 10 days Dean, JamesJames Dean Giant 1956 February 8, 1931 February 18, 1957 Posthumous nomination
7 26 years, 72 days Gosling, RyanRyan Gosling Half Nelson 2006 November 12, 1980 January 23, 2007
8 26 years, 279 days Welles, OrsonOrson Welles Citizen Kane 1941 May 6, 1915 February 9, 1942
9 26 years, 302 days Ledger, HeathHeath Ledger Brokeback Mountain 2005 April 4, 1979 January 31, 2006
10 27 years, 112 days Eisenberg, JesseJesse Eisenberg The Social Network 2010 October 5, 1983 January 25, 2011

Best Actress in a Leading Role[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Acting: Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category: Actress [in a Leading Role]", AMPAS Awards Database[3]

Oldest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 80 years, 292 days Tandy, JessicaJessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy 1989 June 7, 1909 March 26, 1990 Has held record for 24 years (1990–2014)
2 74 years, 321 days Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn On Golden Pond 1981 May 12, 1907 March 29, 1982 Held record for 8 years (1982–1990)
3 63 years, 1 day Dressler, MarieMarie Dressler Min and Bill 1930/31 November 9, 1868 November 10, 1931 Held record for 51 years (1931–1982)
4 62 years, 249 days Streep, MerylMeryl Streep The Iron Lady 2011 June 22, 1949 February 26, 2012
5 61 years, 337 days Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn The Lion in Winter 1968 May 12, 1907 April 14, 1969
6 61 years, 214 days Mirren, HelenHelen Mirren The Queen 2006 July 26, 1945 February 25, 2007
7 61 years, 122 days Page, GeraldineGeraldine Page The Trip to Bountiful 1985 November 22, 1924 March 24, 1986
8 60 years, 334 days Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967 May 12, 1907 April 10, 1968
9 54 years, 201 days Booth, ShirleyShirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba 1952 August 30, 1898 March 19, 1953
10 49 years, 351 days MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment 1983 April 24, 1934 April 9, 1984

Oldest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 85 years, 321 days Riva, EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Riva Amour 2012 February 24, 1927 January 10, 2013 Has held record for 1 year (2013–2014)
2 80 years, 252 days Tandy, JessicaJessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy 1989 June 7, 1909 February 14, 1990 Winner
Held record for 23 years (1990–2013)
3 80 years, 11 days Evans, EdithEdith Evans The Whisperers 1967 February 8, 1888 February 19, 1968 Held record for 22 years (1968–1990)
4 79 years, 38 days Dench, JudiJudi Dench Philomena 2013 December 9, 1934 January 16, 2014
5 75 years, 313 days Robson, MayMay Robson Lady for a Day 1932/33 April 19, 1858 February 26, 1934 Held record for 34 years (1934–1968)
6 74 years, 275 days Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn On Golden Pond 1981 May 12, 1907 February 11, 1982 Winner
7 72 years, 45 days Dench, JudiJudi Dench Notes on a Scandal 2006 December 9, 1934 January 23, 2007
8 71 years, 53 days Dench, JudiJudi Dench Mrs Henderson Presents 2005 December 9, 1934 January 31, 2006
9 69 years, 116 days Montenegro, FernandaFernanda Montenegro Central Station 1998 October 16, 1929 February 9, 1999
10 68 years, 68 days Burstyn, EllenEllen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream 2000 December 7, 1932 February 13, 2001

Youngest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 21 years, 218 days Matlin, MarleeMarlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God 1986 August 24, 1965 March 30, 1987 Sole deaf winner
Has held record for 27 years (1987–2014)
2 22 years, 193 days Lawrence, JenniferJennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook 2012 August 15, 1990 February 24, 2013
3 22 years, 222 days Gaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise 1927/28 October 6, 1906 May 16, 1929 Held record for 58 years (1929–1987)
4 24 years, 127 days Fontaine, JoanJoan Fontaine Suspicion 1941 October 22, 1917 February 26, 1942
5 24 years, 325 days Hepburn, AudreyAudrey Hepburn Roman Holiday 1953 May 4, 1929 March 25, 1954
6 25 years, 0 days Jones, JenniferJennifer Jones The Song of Bernadette 1943 March 2, 1919 March 2, 1944
7 25 years, 4 days Christie, JulieJulie Christie Darling 1965 April 14, 1941 April 18, 1966
8 25 years, 138 days Kelly, GraceGrace Kelly The Country Girl 1954 November 12, 1929 March 30, 1955
9 25 years, 240 days Swank, HilaryHilary Swank Boys Don't Cry 1999 July 30, 1974 March 26, 2000
10 26 years, 116 days Leigh, VivienVivien Leigh Gone with the Wind 1939 November 5, 1913 February 29, 1940

Youngest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 9 years, 135 days Wallis, QuvenzhanéQuvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 August 28, 2003 January 10, 2013 Has held record for 1 year (2013–2014)
2 13 years, 309 days Castle-Hughes, KeishaKeisha Castle-Hughes Whale Rider 2003 March 24, 1990 January 27, 2004 Held record for 9 years (2004–2013)
3 20 years, 163 days Lawrence, JenniferJennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone 2010 August 15, 1990 January 25, 2011
4 20 years, 235 days Adjani, IsabelleIsabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. 1975 June 27, 1955 February 17, 1976 Held record for 28 years (1976–2004)
5 20 years, 311 days Knightley, KeiraKeira Knightley Pride & Prejudice 2005 March 26, 1985 January 31, 2006
6 20 years, 335 days Page, EllenEllen Page Juno 2007 February 21, 1987 January 22, 2008
7 21 years, 171 days Matlin, MarleeMarlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God 1986 August 24, 1965 February 11, 1987 Winner
8 22 years, 60 days Hartman, ElizabethElizabeth Hartman A Patch of Blue 1965 December 23, 1943 February 21, 1966 Held record for 10 years (1966–1976)
9 22 years, 128 days Winslet, KateKate Winslet Titanic 1997 October 5, 1975 February 10, 1998
10 22 years, 134 days Gaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise 1927/28 October 6, 1906 February 17, 1929 Winner
Held record for 37 years (1929–1966)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Acting: Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category: Actor [in a Supporting Role]", AMPAS Awards Database[3]

Oldest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 82 years, 75 days Plummer, ChristopherChristopher Plummer Beginners 2011 December 13, 1929 February 26, 2012 Oldest winner in any acting category [4]
Has held record for 2 years (2012–2014)
2 80 years, 69 days Burns, GeorgeGeorge Burns The Sunshine Boys 1975 January 20, 1896 March 29, 1976 Held record for 36 years (1976–2012)
3 79 years, 9 days Douglas, MelvynMelvyn Douglas Being There 1979 April 5, 1901 April 14, 1980
4 77 years, 349 days Gielgud, JohnJohn Gielgud Arthur 1981 April 14, 1904 March 29, 1982
5 77 years, 297 days Ameche, DonDon Ameche Cocoon 1985 May 31, 1908 March 24, 1986
6 73 years, 41 days Palance, JackJack Palance City Slickers 1991 February 18, 1919 March 30, 1992
7 72 years, 336 days Arkin, AlanAlan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine 2006 March 26, 1934 February 25, 2007
8 72 years, 268 days Gwenn, EdmundEdmund Gwenn Miracle on 34th Street 1947 June 26, 1875 March 20, 1948 Held record for 28 years (1948–1976)
9 71 years, 192 days Houseman, JohnJohn Houseman The Paper Chase 1973 September 22, 1902 April 2, 1974
10 70 years, 202 days Coburn, JamesJames Coburn Affliction 1998 August 31, 1928 March 21, 1999

Oldest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 82 years, 339 days Holbrook, HalHal Holbrook Into the Wild 2007 February 17, 1925 January 22, 2008 Has held record for 6 years (2008–2014)
2 82 years, 289 days von Sydow, MaxMax von Sydow Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 April 10, 1929 January 24, 2012
3 82 years, 49 days Richardson, RalphRalph Richardson Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 December 19, 1902 February 6, 1985 Posthumous nomination
Held record for 23 years (1985–2008)
4 82 years, 42 days Plummer, ChristopherChristopher Plummer Beginners 2011 December 13, 1929 January 24, 2012 Winner
5 80 years, 51 days Plummer, ChristopherChristopher Plummer The Last Station 2009 December 13, 1929 February 2, 2010
6 80 years, 28 days Burns, GeorgeGeorge Burns The Sunshine Boys 1975 January 20, 1896 February 17, 1976 Winner
Held record for 9 years (1976–1985)
7 78 years, 326 days Douglas, MelvynMelvyn Douglas Being There 1979 April 5, 1901 February 25, 1980 Winner
8 78 years, 290 days Arkin, AlanAlan Arkin Argo 2012 March 26, 1934 January 10, 2013
9 78 years, 16 days Newman, PaulPaul Newman Road to Perdition 2002 January 26, 1925 February 11, 2003
10 77 years, 303 days Gielgud, JohnJohn Gielgud Arthur 1981 April 14, 1904 February 11, 1982 Winner

Youngest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 20 years, 227 days Hutton, TimothyTimothy Hutton Ordinary People 1980 August 16, 1960 March 31, 1981 Has held record for 33 years (1981–2014)
2 27 years, 205 days Chakiris, GeorgeGeorge Chakiris West Side Story 1961 September 16, 1934 April 9, 1962 Held record for 19 years (1962–1981)
3 29 years, 81 days Gooding, Jr., CubaCuba Gooding, Jr. Jerry Maguire 1996 January 2, 1968 March 24, 1997
4 29 years, 324 days Ledger, HeathHeath Ledger The Dark Knight 2008 April 4, 1979 February 22, 2009 Posthumous award
5 31 years, 42 days Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon Mister Roberts 1955 February 8, 1925 March 21, 1956 Held record for 6 years (1956–1962)
6 31 years, 234 days De Niro, RobertRobert De Niro The Godfather Part II 1974 August 17, 1943 April 8, 1975
7 32 years, 81 days Heflin, VanVan Heflin Johnny Eager 1942 December 13, 1910 March 4, 1943 Held record for 13 years (1943–1956)
8 33 years, 58 days Russell, HaroldHarold Russell The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 January 14, 1914 March 13, 1947 Sole winner of two Academy Awards for same performance
9 34 years, 34 days del Toro, BenicioBenicio del Toro Traffic 2000 February 19, 1967 March 25, 2001
10 35 years, 88 days Washington, DenzelDenzel Washington Glory 1989 December 28, 1954 March 26, 1990

Youngest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 8 years, 276 days Henry, JustinJustin Henry Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 May 25, 1971 February 25, 1980 Youngest nominee in any category
Has held record for 34 years (1980–2014)
2 11 years, 311 days Osment, Haley JoelHaley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense 1999 April 10, 1988 February 15, 2000
3 11 years, 312 days deWilde, BrandonBrandon deWilde Shane 1953 April 9, 1942 February 15, 1954 Held record for 26 years (1954–1980)
4 16 years, 147 days Wild, JackJack Wild Oliver! 1968 September 30, 1952 February 24, 1969
5 17 years, 39 days Mineo, SalSal Mineo Rebel Without a Cause 1955 January 10, 1939 February 18, 1956
6 18 years, 176 days Phoenix, RiverRiver Phoenix Running on Empty 1988 August 23, 1970 February 15, 1989
7 19 years, 90 days DiCaprio, LeonardoLeonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 November 11, 1974 February 9, 1994
8 20 years, 185 days Hutton, TimothyTimothy Hutton Ordinary People 1980 August 16, 1960 February 17, 1981 Winner
9 22 years, 48 days Mineo, SalSal Mineo Exodus 1960 January 10, 1939 February 27, 1961
10 22 years, 80 days Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges The Last Picture Show 1971 December 4, 1949 February 22, 1972

Best Actress in a Supporting Role[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Acting: Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category: Actress [in a Supporting Role]", AMPAS Awards Database[3]

Oldest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 77 years, 93 days Ashcroft, PeggyPeggy Ashcroft A Passage to India 1984 December 22, 1907 March 25, 1985 Has held record for 29 years (1985–2014)
2 74 years, 85 days Hull, JosephineJosephine Hull Harvey 1950 January 3, 1877 March 29, 1951 Held record for 34 years (1951–1985)
3 72 years, 166 days Gordon, RuthRuth Gordon Rosemary's Baby 1968 October 30, 1896 April 14, 1969
4 71 years, 338 days Rutherford, MargaretMargaret Rutherford The V.I.P.s 1963 May 11, 1892 April 13, 1964
5 70 years, 187 days Hayes, HelenHelen Hayes Airport 1970 October 10, 1900 April 15, 1971
6 65 years, 212 days Barrymore, EthelEthel Barrymore None But the Lonely Heart 1944 August 15, 1879 March 15, 1945 Held record for 6 years (1945–1951)
7 64 years, 102 days Dench, JudiJudi Dench Shakespeare in Love 1998 December 9, 1934 March 21, 1999
8 62 years, 238 days Straight, BeatriceBeatrice Straight Network 1976 August 2, 1914 March 28, 1977
9 61 years, 135 days Darwell, JaneJane Darwell The Grapes of Wrath 1940 October 15, 1879 February 27, 1941 Held record for 4 years (1941–1945)
10 59 years, 222 days Bergman, IngridIngrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express 1974 August 29, 1915 April 8, 1975

Oldest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 87 years, 221 days Stuart, GloriaGloria Stuart Titanic 1997 July 4, 1910 February 10, 1998 Oldest nominee in any category
Has held record for 16 years (1998-2014)
2 85 years, 87 days Dee, RubyRuby Dee American Gangster 2007 October 27, 1922 January 22, 2008
3 84 years, 71 days Squibb, JuneJune Squibb Nebraska 2013 November 6, 1929 January 16, 2014
4 82 years, 257 days Tandy, JessicaJessica Tandy Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 June 7, 1909 February 19, 1992 Held record for 6 years (1992–1998)
5 82 years, 37 days Le Gallienne, EvaEva Le Gallienne Resurrection 1980 January 11, 1899 February 17, 1981 Held record for 11 years (1981–1992)
6 79 years, 26 days Sothern, AnnAnn Sothern The Whales of August 1987 January 22, 1909 February 17, 1988
7 77 years, 234 days Whitty, MayMay Whitty Mrs. Miniver 1942 June 19, 1865 February 8, 1943 Held record for 38 years (1943–1981)
8 77 years, 46 days Ashcroft, PeggyPeggy Ashcroft A Passage to India 1984 December 22, 1907 February 6, 1985 Winner
9 77 years, 15 days Evans, EdithEdith Evans The Chalk Garden 1964 February 8, 1888 February 23, 1965
10 76 years, 67 days Cooper, GladysGladys Cooper My Fair Lady 1964 December 18, 1888 February 23, 1965

Youngest winners[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 10 years, 148 days O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Paper Moon 1973 November 5, 1963 April 2, 1974 Youngest winner in any category
Has held record for 40 years (1974–2014)
2 11 years, 240 days Paquin, AnnaAnna Paquin The Piano 1993 July 24, 1982 March 21, 1994
3 16 years, 115 days Duke, PattyPatty Duke The Miracle Worker 1962 December 14, 1946 April 8, 1963 Held record for 11 years (1963–1974)
4 23 years, 310 days Baxter, AnneAnne Baxter The Razor's Edge 1946 May 7, 1923 March 13, 1947 Held record for 16 years (1947–1963)
5 24 years, 128 days Wright, TeresaTeresa Wright Mrs. Miniver 1942 October 27, 1918 March 4, 1943 Held record for 4 years (1943–1947)
6 24 years, 137 days Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn Cactus Flower 1969 November 21, 1945 April 7, 1970
7 24 years, 296 days Jolie, AngelinaAngelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted 1999 June 4, 1975 March 26, 2000
8 25 years, 166 days Hudson, JenniferJennifer Hudson Dreamgirls 2006 September 12, 1981 February 25, 2007
9 27 years, 17 days Jones, ShirleyShirley Jones Elmer Gantry 1960 March 31, 1934 April 17, 1961
10 27 years, 111 days Grahame, GloriaGloria Grahame The Bad and the Beautiful 1952 November 28, 1925 March 19, 1953

Youngest nominees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 10 years, 106 days O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Paper Moon 1973 November 5, 1963 February 19, 1974 Winner
Has held record for 40 years (1974–2014)
2 10 years, 141 days Badham, MaryMary Badham To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 October 7, 1952 February 25, 1963 Held record for 11 years (1963–1974)
3 10 years, 192 days Cummings, QuinnQuinn Cummings The Goodbye Girl 1977 August 13, 1967 February 21, 1978
4 10 years, 284 days Breslin, AbigailAbigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine 2006 April 14, 1996 January 23, 2007
5 11 years, 181 days McCormack, PattyPatty McCormack The Bad Seed 1956 August 21, 1945 February 18, 1957 Held record for 6 years (1957–1963)
6 11 years, 200 days Paquin, AnnaAnna Paquin The Piano 1993 July 24, 1982 February 9, 1994 Winner
7 13 years, 285 days Ronan, SaoirseSaoirse Ronan Atonement 2007 April 12, 1994 January 22, 2008
8 14 years, 5 days Granville, BonitaBonita Granville These Three 1936 February 2, 1923 February 7, 1937 Held record for 20 years (1937–1957)
9 14 years, 45 days Steinfeld, HaileeHailee Steinfeld True Grit 2010 December 11, 1996 January 25, 2011
10 14 years, 83 days Foster, JodieJodie Foster Taxi Driver 1976 November 19, 1962 February 10, 1977

Honorary Awards[edit]

Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Acting: Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category: Acting Honorary Award Winners", AMPAS Awards Database[3]

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

Oldest honorees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 98 years, 137 days Boyle, Robert F.Robert F. Boyle 2007 October 10, 1909 February 24, 2008 Has held record for 6 years (2008–2014)
2 94 years, 341 days Wallach, EliEli Wallach 2010 December 7, 1915 November 13, 2010
3 92 years, 86 days Roach, HalHal Roach 1983 January 14, 1892 April 9, 1984 Held record for 24 years (1984–2008)
4 89 years, 195 days Kazan, EliaElia Kazan 1998 September 7, 1909 March 21, 1999
5 89 years, 139 days Smith, DickDick Smith 2011 June 26, 1922 November 12, 2011
6 88 years, 31 days Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury 2013 October 16, 1925 November 16, 2013
7 87 years, 139 days Pennebaker, D.A.D.A. Pennebaker 2012 July 15, 1925 December 1, 2012
8 86 years, 221 days De Forest, LeeLee De Forest 1959 August 26, 1873 April 3, 1960 Held record for 24 years (1960–1984)
9 86 years, 220 days Tosi, PieroPiero Tosi 2013 April 10, 1927 November 16, 2013
10 86 years, 188 days Cardiff, JackJack Cardiff 2000 September 18, 1914 March 25, 2001

Oldest acting honorees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 94 years, 341 days Wallach, EliEli Wallach 2010 December 7, 1915 November 13, 2010 Has held record for 4 years (2010–2014)
2 88 years, 31 days Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury 2013 October 16, 1925 November 16, 2013
3 85 years, 215 days Loy, MyrnaMyrna Loy 1990 August 2, 1905 March 25, 1991 Held record for 19 years (1991–2010)
4 85 years, 59 days Bacall, LaurenLauren Bacall 2009 September 16, 1924 November 14, 2009
5 83 years, 182 days Marx, GrouchoGroucho Marx 1973 October 2, 1890 April 2, 1974 Held record for 17 years (1974–1991)
6 82 years, 360 days Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin 1971 April 16, 1889 April 10, 1972 Held record for 2 years (1972–1974)
7 82 years, 356 days Pickford, MaryMary Pickford 1975 April 8, 1893 March 29, 1976
8 82 years, 286 days Bellamy, RalphRalph Bellamy 1986 June 17, 1904 March 30, 1987
9 81 years, 40 days Jones, James EarlJames Earl Jones 2011 January 17, 1931 February 26, 2012
10 79 years, 107 days Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas 1995 December 9, 1916 March 25, 1996

Honorary Juvenile Award[edit]

Youngest honorees[edit]

Rank Age Name Film Year Date of Birth Date of Award Notes
1 6 years, 310 days Temple, ShirleyShirley Temple 1934 April 23, 1928 February 27, 1935 Has held record for 79 years (1935–2014)
2 7 years, 91 days Winter, VincentVincent Winter The Little Kidnappers 1954 December 29, 1947 March 30, 1955
3 8 years, 59 days O'Brien, MargaretMargaret O'Brien 1944 January 15, 1937 March 15, 1945
4 10 years, 39 days Whiteley, JonJon Whiteley The Little Kidnappers 1954 February 19, 1945 March 30, 1955
5 12 years, 59 days Jandl, IvanIvan Jandl The Search 1948 January 24, 1937 March 24, 1949
6 12 years, 167 days Jarman, Jr., ClaudeClaude Jarman, Jr. 1946 September 27, 1934 March 13, 1947
7 13 years, 20 days Driscoll, BobbyBobby Driscoll 1949 March 3, 1937 March 23, 1950
8 14 years, 32 days Garner, Peggy AnnPeggy Ann Garner 1945 February 3, 1932 March 7, 1946
9 14 years, 364 days Mills, HayleyHayley Mills Pollyanna 1960 April 18, 1946 April 17, 1961
10 17 years, 81 days Durbin, DeannaDeanna Durbin 1938 December 4, 1921 February 23, 1939

Superlatives[edit]

Among the oldest and youngest winners and nominees of Academy Awards in standard competitive categories, the following superlatives emerge.

Superlative Overall Actor Actress
Oldest Nominee Stuart, GloriaGloria Stuart Age 87 Holbrook, HalHal Holbrook Age 82 Stuart, GloriaGloria Stuart Age 87
Oldest Winner Plummer, ChristopherChristopher Plummer Age 82 Plummer, ChristopherChristopher Plummer Age 82 Tandy, JessicaJessica Tandy Age 80
Youngest Winner O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Age 10 Hutton, TimothyTimothy Hutton Age 20 O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Age 10
Youngest Nominee Henry, JustinJustin Henry Age 8 Henry, JustinJustin Henry Age 8 Wallis, QuvenzhanéQuvenzhané Wallis Age 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2008-02-24). "The Official Academy Awards Database". oscars.org (AMPAS). Retrieved 2008-07-27. "The [searchable] Academy Awards Database contains the record of past Academy Award winners and nominees. The data is complete through the 2008 (81st) Academy Awards. ... The ["Academy Award Statistics" in the "Directing" and "Acting" sections of the Awards Database] are based on the most reliable birthdate information available to us at the time of publishing. We welcome any information from primary sources that might indicate a different birthdate for an individual. Such sources might be birth or death certificates or databases based on such records, published interviews with the individual or published documents that cite their sources. This would not include the Internet Movie Database or other web sites that do not cite primary sources for their information."  N.B.: Ages (including for those persons receiving nominations and/or awards posthumously) are computed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS); for nominations, all ages are computed "from date of birth to date of nominations announcement"; for awards won, all ages are computed "from date of birth to date of awards ceremony."
  2. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (March 2008). "Oldest/Youngest Directing Nominees/Winners". Awards Database. oscars.org (AMPAS). Retrieved 2008-07-27. "Statistics are valid through the 2007 (80th) Awards, presented on February 24, 2008. [document last updated 3/08] ... (* indicates a win)." 
  3. ^ a b c d e Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (March 2008). "Oldest/Youngest Winners and Nominees for Acting, By Category". Awards Database. oscars.org (AMPAS). Retrieved 2008-07-27. "Statistics are valid through the 2007 (80th) Awards, presented on February 24, 2008. [document last updated 3/08] ... (* indicates a win)." 
  4. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57385515-10391698/christopher-plummer-becomes-oldest-acting-oscar-winner-/

External links[edit]

  • "Academy Award Statistics" – Index ("Statistics Menu") published in The Official Academy Awards Database (Awards Database), on the official AMPAS website. ("Statistics are arranged by award category and represent eighty years of Academy Awards history through the 80th Academy Awards, presented on February 24, 2008." [Documents for "Directing" and "Acting" both last updated March 2008.])
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – Official website.