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

Oldest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700174000000000000074 years, 7002272000000000000272 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodMillion Dollar Baby200401930-05-31May 31, 193002005-02-27February 27, 2005
2700169000000000000069 years, 7002217000000000000217 daysPolanski, RomanRoman PolanskiThe Pianist200201933-08-18August 18, 193302003-03-23March 23, 2003
3700165000000000000065 years, 7002272000000000000272 daysCukor, GeorgeGeorge CukorMy Fair Lady196401899-07-07July 7, 189901965-04-05April 5, 1965
4700164000000000000064 years, 7002100000000000000100 daysScorsese, MartinMartin ScorseseThe Departed200601942-11-17November 17, 194202007-02-25February 25, 2007
5700162000000000000062 years, 7002302000000000000302 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodUnforgiven199201930-05-31May 31, 193001993-03-29March 29, 1993
6700162000000000000062 years, 7002105000000000000105 daysReed, CarolCarol ReedOliver!196801906-12-30December 30, 190601969-04-14April 14, 1969
7700159000000000000059 years, 7002346000000000000346 daysZinnemann, FredFred ZinnemannA Man for All Seasons196601907-04-29April 29, 190701967-04-10April 10, 1967
8700159000000000000059 years, 7002225000000000000225 daysAttenborough, RichardRichard AttenboroughGandhi198201923-08-29August 29, 192301983-04-11April 11, 1983
9700159000000000000059 years, 700146000000000000046 daysFord, JohnJohn FordThe Quiet Man195201894-02-01February 1, 189401953-03-19March 19, 1953
10700158000000000000058 years, 7002100000000000000100 daysBigelow, KathrynKathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker200901951-11-27November 27, 195102010-03-07March 7, 2010First female winner

Oldest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700179000000000000079 years, 7002184000000000000184 daysHuston, JohnJohn HustonPrizzi's Honor198501906-08-05August 5, 190601986-02-05February 5, 1986
2700178000000000000078 years, 7002193000000000000193 daysCrichton, CharlesCharles CrichtonA Fish Called Wanda198801910-08-06August 6, 191001989-02-15February 15, 1989
3700176000000000000076 years, 7002357000000000000357 daysAltman, RobertRobert AltmanGosford Park200101925-02-20February 20, 192502002-02-12February 12, 2002
4700176000000000000076 years, 7002318000000000000318 daysLean, DavidDavid LeanA Passage to India198401908-03-25March 25, 190801985-02-06February 6, 1985
5700176000000000000076 years, 7002237000000000000237 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodLetters from Iwo Jima200601930-05-31May 31, 193002007-01-23January 23, 2007
6700176000000000000076 years, 700154000000000000054 daysAllen, WoodyWoody AllenMidnight In Paris201101935-12-01December 1, 193502012-01-24January 24, 2012
7700175000000000000075 years, 7002319000000000000319 daysKurosawa, AkiraAkira KurosawaRan198501910-03-23March 23, 191001986-02-05February 5, 1986
8700174000000000000074 years, 7002239000000000000239 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodMillion Dollar Baby200401930-05-31May 31, 193002005-01-25January 25, 2005Winner
9700173000000000000073 years, 7002241000000000000241 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodMystic River200301930-05-31May 31, 193002004-01-27January 27, 2004
10700171000000000000071 years, 7002181000000000000181 daysDeMille, Cecil B.Cecil B. DeMilleThe Greatest Show on Earth195201881-08-12August 12, 188101953-02-09February 9, 1953
Source: "Academy Award Statistics: Directing: Oldest/Youngest Directing Nominees/Winners: AMPAS Awards Database[2]


Youngest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700132000000000000032 years, 7002260000000000000260 daysTaurog, NormanNorman TaurogSkippy1930/3101899-02-23February 23, 189901931-11-10November 10, 1931
2700133000000000000033 years, 7002228000000000000228 daysMilestone, LewisLewis MilestoneTwo Arabian Knights1927/2801895-09-30September 30, 189501929-05-16May 16, 1929
3700134000000000000034 years, 7002238000000000000238 daysMendes, SamSam MendesAmerican Beauty199901965-08-01August 1, 196502000-03-26March 26, 2000
4700135000000000000035 years, 700123000000000000023 daysBorzage, FrankFrank Borzage7th Heaven1927/2801894-04-23April 23, 189401929-05-16May 16, 1929
5700135000000000000035 years, 700136000000000000036 daysMilestone, LewisLewis MilestoneAll Quiet on the Western Front1929/3001895-09-30September 30, 189501930-11-05November 5, 1930
6700135000000000000035 years, 7002313000000000000313 daysRichardson, TonyTony RichardsonTom Jones196301928-06-05June 5, 192801964-04-13April 13, 1964
7700136000000000000036 years, 70001000000000000001 dayCoppola, Francis FordFrancis Ford CoppolaThe Godfather Part II197401939-04-07April 7, 193901975-04-08April 8, 1975
8700136000000000000036 years, 700151000000000000051 daysMann, DelbertDelbert MannMarty195501920-01-30January 30, 192001956-03-21March 21, 1956
9700136000000000000036 years, 700166000000000000066 daysCostner, KevinKevin CostnerDances with Wolves199001955-01-18January 18, 195501991-03-25March 25, 1991
10700136000000000000036 years, 7002156000000000000156 daysNichols, MikeMike NicholsThe Graduate196701931-11-06November 6, 193101968-04-10April 10, 1968

Youngest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700124000000000000024 years, 700144000000000000044 daysSingleton, JohnJohn SingletonBoyz n the Hood199101968-01-06January 6, 196801992-02-19February 19, 1992
2700126000000000000026 years, 7002279000000000000279 daysWelles, OrsonOrson WellesCitizen Kane194101915-05-06May 6, 191501942-02-09February 9, 1942
3700129000000000000029 years, 700166000000000000066 daysBranagh, KennethKenneth BranaghHenry V198901960-12-10December 10, 196001990-02-14February 14, 1990
4700129000000000000029 years, 7002113000000000000113 daysLelouch, ClaudeClaude LelouchA Man and a Woman196601937-10-30October 30, 193701967-02-20February 20, 1967
5700129000000000000029 years, 7002193000000000000193 daysShyamalan, M. NightM. Night ShyamalanThe Sixth Sense199901970-08-06August 6, 197002000-02-15February 15, 2000
6700129000000000000029 years, 7002281000000000000281 daysLucas, GeorgeGeorge LucasAmerican Graffiti197301944-05-14May 14, 194401974-02-19February 19, 1974
7700130000000000000030 years, 700195000000000000095 daysReitman, JasonJason ReitmanJuno200701977-10-19October 19, 197702008-01-22January 22, 2008
8700130000000000000030 years, 7002116000000000000116 daysJonze, SpikeSpike JonzeBeing John Malkovich199901969-10-22October 22, 196902000-02-15February 15, 2000
9700131000000000000031 years, 700165000000000000065 daysSpielberg, StevenSteven SpielbergClose Encounters of the Third Kind197701946-12-18December 18, 194601978-02-21February 21, 1978
10700131000000000000031 years, 7002324000000000000324 daysTarantino, QuentinQuentin TarantinoPulp Fiction199401963-03-27March 27, 196301995-02-14February 14, 1995

Best Actor in a Leading Role

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

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700176000000000000076 years, 7002317000000000000317 daysFonda, HenryHenry FondaOn Golden Pond198101905-05-16May 16, 190501982-03-29March 29, 1982
2700162000000000000062 years, 7002316000000000000316 daysWayne, JohnJohn WayneTrue Grit196901907-05-26May 26, 190701970-04-07April 7, 1970
3700162000000000000062 years, 7002209000000000000209 daysArliss, GeorgeGeorge ArlissDisraeli1929/3001868-04-10April 10, 186801930-11-05November 5, 1930
4700162000000000000062 years, 700163000000000000063 daysNewman, PaulPaul NewmanThe Color of Money198601925-01-26January 26, 192501987-03-30March 30, 1987
5700160000000000000060 years, 7002335000000000000335 daysNicholson, JackJack NicholsonAs Good as It Gets199701937-04-22April 22, 193701998-03-23March 23, 1998
6700160000000000000060 years, 7002181000000000000181 daysFinch, PeterPeter FinchNetwork197601916-09-28September 28, 191601977-03-28March 28, 1977Posthumous award
7700160000000000000060 years, 700193000000000000093 daysBridges, JeffJeff BridgesCrazy Heart200901949-12-04December 4, 194902010-03-07March 7, 2010
8700157000000000000057 years, 700140000000000000040 daysColman, RonaldRonald ColmanA Double Life194701891-02-09February 9, 189101948-03-20March 20, 1948
9700157000000000000057 years, 700131000000000000031 daysHarrison, RexRex HarrisonMy Fair Lady196401908-03-05March 5, 190801965-04-05April 5, 1965
10700156000000000000056 years, 7002155000000000000155 daysCarney, ArtArt CarneyHarry and Tonto197401918-11-04November 4, 191801975-04-08April 8, 1975

Oldest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700179000000000000079 years, 7002167000000000000167 daysFarnsworth, RichardRichard FarnsworthThe Straight Story199901920-09-01September 1, 192002000-02-15February 15, 2000
2700176000000000000076 years, 7002271000000000000271 daysFonda, HenryHenry FondaOn Golden Pond198101905-05-16May 16, 190501982-03-29March 29, 1982Winner
3700174000000000000074 years, 7002239000000000000239 daysEastwood, ClintClint EastwoodMillion Dollar Baby200401930-05-31May 31, 193002005-01-25January 25, 2005
4700174000000000000074 years, 7002174000000000000174 daysO'Toole, PeterPeter O'TooleVenus200601932-08-02August 2, 193202007-01-23January 23, 2007
5700172000000000000072 years, 7002246000000000000246 daysFreeman, MorganMorgan FreemanInvictus200901937-06-01June 1, 193702010-02-02February 2, 2010
6700171000000000000071 years, 7002274000000000000274 daysOlivier, LaurenceLaurence OlivierThe Boys from Brazil197801907-05-22May 22, 190701979-02-20February 20, 1979
7700171000000000000071 years, 700121000000000000021 daysLangella, FrankFrank LangellaFrost/Nixon200801938-01-01January 1, 193802009-01-22January 22, 2009
8700170000000000000070 years, 700119000000000000019 daysNewman, PaulPaul NewmanNobody's Fool199401925-01-26January 26, 192501995-02-14February 14, 1995
9700169000000000000069 years, 7002334000000000000334 daysCaine, MichaelMichael CaineThe Quiet American200201933-03-14March 14, 193302003-02-11February 11, 2003
10700169000000000000069 years, 7002323000000000000323 daysDouglas, MelvynMelvyn DouglasI Never Sang for My Father197001901-04-05April 5, 190101971-02-22February 22, 1971

Youngest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700129000000000000029 years, 7002343000000000000343 daysBrody, AdrienAdrien BrodyThe Pianist200201973-04-14April 14, 197302003-03-23March 23, 2003
2700130000000000000030 years, 7002156000000000000156 daysDreyfuss, RichardRichard DreyfussThe Goodbye Girl197701947-10-29October 29, 194701978-04-03April 3, 1978
3700130000000000000030 years, 7002361000000000000361 daysBrando, MarlonMarlon BrandoOn the Waterfront195401924-04-03April 3, 192401955-03-30March 30, 1955
4700131000000000000031 years, 7002122000000000000122 daysSchell, MaximilianMaximilian SchellJudgment at Nuremberg196101930-12-08December 8, 193001962-04-09April 9, 1962
5700132000000000000032 years, 700178000000000000078 daysCage, NicolasNicolas CageLeaving Las Vegas199501964-01-07January 7, 196401996-03-25March 25, 1996
6700132000000000000032 years, 7002283000000000000283 daysStewart, JamesJames StewartThe Philadelphia Story194001908-05-20May 20, 190801941-02-27February 27, 1941
7700132000000000000032 years, 7002331000000000000331 daysDay-Lewis, DanielDaniel Day-LewisMy Left Foot198901957-04-29April 29, 195701990-03-26March 26, 1990
8700134000000000000034 years, 700126000000000000026 daysGable, ClarkClark GableIt Happened One Night193401901-02-01February 1, 190101935-02-27February 27, 1935
9700134000000000000034 years, 7002258000000000000258 daysLaughton, CharlesCharles LaughtonThe Private Life of Henry VIII1932/3301899-07-01July 1, 189901934-03-16March 16, 1934
10700134000000000000034 years, 7002348000000000000348 daysDonat, RobertRobert DonatGoodbye, Mr. Chips193901905-03-18March 18, 190501940-02-29February 29, 1940

Youngest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
170009000000000000009 years, 700120000000000000020 daysCooper, JackieJackie CooperSkippy1930/3101922-09-15September 15, 192201931-10-05October 5, 1931
2700119000000000000019 years, 7002142000000000000142 daysRooney, MickeyMickey RooneyBabes in Arms193901920-09-23September 23, 192001940-02-12February 12, 1940
3700123000000000000023 years, 7002137000000000000137 daysRooney, MickeyMickey RooneyThe Human Comedy194301920-09-23September 23, 192001944-02-07February 7, 1944
4700124000000000000024 years, 70003000000000000003 daysTravolta, JohnJohn TravoltaSaturday Night Fever197701954-02-18February 18, 195401978-02-21February 21, 1978
5700125000000000000025 years, 700110000000000000010 daysDean, JamesJames DeanEast of Eden195501931-02-08February 8, 193101956-02-18February 18, 1956Posthumous nomination
6700126000000000000026 years, 700110000000000000010 daysDean, JamesJames DeanGiant195601931-02-08February 8, 193101957-02-18February 18, 1957Posthumous nomination
7700126000000000000026 years, 700172000000000000072 daysGosling, RyanRyan GoslingHalf Nelson200601980-11-12November 12, 198002007-01-23January 23, 2007
8700126000000000000026 years, 7002279000000000000279 daysWelles, OrsonOrson WellesCitizen Kane194101915-05-06May 6, 191501942-02-09February 9, 1942
9700126000000000000026 years, 7002302000000000000302 daysLedger, HeathHeath LedgerBrokeback Mountain200501979-04-04April 4, 197902006-01-31January 31, 2006
10700127000000000000027 years, 7002112000000000000112 daysEisenberg, JesseJesse EisenbergThe Social Network201001983-10-05October 5, 198302011-01-25January 25, 2011

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700180000000000000080 years, 7002292000000000000292 daysTandy, JessicaJessica TandyDriving Miss Daisy198901909-06-07June 7, 190901990-03-26March 26, 1990
2700174000000000000074 years, 7002321000000000000321 daysHepburn, KatharineKatharine HepburnOn Golden Pond198101907-05-12May 12, 190701982-03-29March 29, 1982
3700163000000000000063 years, 70001000000000000001 dayDressler, MarieMarie DresslerMin and Bill1930/3101868-11-09November 9, 186801931-11-10November 10, 1931
4700162000000000000062 years, 7002249000000000000249 daysStreep, MerylMeryl StreepThe Iron Lady201101949-06-22June 22, 194902012-02-26February 26, 2012
5700161000000000000061 years, 7002337000000000000337 daysHepburn, KatharineKatharine HepburnThe Lion in Winter196801907-05-12May 12, 190701969-04-14April 14, 1969
6700161000000000000061 years, 7002214000000000000214 daysMirren, HelenHelen MirrenThe Queen200601945-07-26July 26, 194502007-02-25February 25, 2007
7700161000000000000061 years, 7002122000000000000122 daysPage, GeraldineGeraldine PageThe Trip to Bountiful198501924-11-22November 22, 192401986-03-24March 24, 1986
8700160000000000000060 years, 7002334000000000000334 daysHepburn, KatharineKatharine HepburnGuess Who's Coming to Dinner196701907-05-12May 12, 190701968-04-10April 10, 1968
9700154000000000000054 years, 7002201000000000000201 daysBooth, ShirleyShirley BoothCome Back, Little Sheba195201898-08-30August 30, 189801953-03-19March 19, 1953
10700149000000000000049 years, 7002351000000000000351 daysMacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaineTerms of Endearment198301934-04-24April 24, 193401984-04-09April 9, 1984

Oldest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700180000000000000080 years, 7002252000000000000252 daysTandy, JessicaJessica TandyDriving Miss Daisy198901909-06-07June 7, 190901990-02-14February 14, 1990Winner
2700180000000000000080 years, 700111000000000000011 daysEvans, EdithEdith EvansThe Whisperers196701888-02-08February 8, 188801968-02-19February 19, 1968
3700175000000000000075 years, 7002313000000000000313 daysRobson, MayMay RobsonLady for a Day1932/3301858-04-19April 19, 185801934-02-26February 26, 1934
4700174000000000000074 years, 7002275000000000000275 daysHepburn, KatharineKatharine HepburnOn Golden Pond198101907-05-12May 12, 190701982-02-11February 11, 1982Winner
5700172000000000000072 years, 700145000000000000045 daysDench, JudiJudi DenchNotes on a Scandal200601934-12-09December 9, 193402007-01-23January 23, 2007
6700171000000000000071 years, 700153000000000000053 daysDench, JudiJudi DenchMrs Henderson Presents200501934-12-09December 9, 193402006-01-31January 31, 2006
7700169000000000000069 years, 7002116000000000000116 daysMontenegro, FernandaFernanda MontenegroCentral Station199801929-10-16October 16, 192901999-02-09February 9, 1999
8700168000000000000068 years, 700168000000000000068 daysBurstyn, EllenEllen BurstynRequiem for a Dream200001932-12-07December 7, 193202001-02-13February 13, 2001
9700167000000000000067 years, 7002169000000000000169 daysKaminska, IdaIda KaminskaThe Shop on Main Street196601899-09-04September 4, 189901967-02-20February 20, 1967
10700167000000000000067 years, 700165000000000000065 daysDench, JudiJudi DenchIris200101934-12-09December 9, 193402002-02-12February 12, 2002

Youngest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700121000000000000021 years, 7002218000000000000218 daysMatlin, MarleeMarlee MatlinChildren of a Lesser God198601965-08-24August 24, 196501987-03-30March 30, 1987First deaf winner
2700122000000000000022 years, 7002222000000000000222 daysGaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise1927/2801906-10-06October 6, 190601929-05-16May 16, 1929
3700124000000000000024 years, 7002127000000000000127 daysFontaine, JoanJoan FontaineSuspicion194101917-10-22October 22, 191701942-02-26February 26, 1942
4700124000000000000024 years, 7002325000000000000325 daysHepburn, AudreyAudrey HepburnRoman Holiday195301929-05-04May 4, 192901954-03-25March 25, 1954
5700125000000000000025 years, 50000000000000000000 daysJones, JenniferJennifer JonesThe Song of Bernadette194301919-03-02March 2, 191901944-03-02March 2, 1944
6700125000000000000025 years, 70004000000000000004 daysChristie, JulieJulie ChristieDarling196501941-04-14April 14, 194101966-04-18April 18, 1966
7700125000000000000025 years, 7002138000000000000138 daysKelly, GraceGrace KellyThe Country Girl195401929-11-12November 12, 192901955-03-30March 30, 1955
8700125000000000000025 years, 7002240000000000000240 daysSwank, HilaryHilary SwankBoys Don't Cry199901974-07-30July 30, 197402000-03-26March 26, 2000
9700126000000000000026 years, 7002116000000000000116 daysLeigh, VivienVivien LeighGone with the Wind193901913-11-05November 5, 191301940-02-29February 29, 1940
10700126000000000000026 years, 7002130000000000000130 daysFoster, JodieJodie FosterThe Accused198801962-11-19November 19, 196201989-03-29March 29, 1989

Youngest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700113000000000000013 years, 7002309000000000000309 daysCastle-Hughes, KeishaKeisha Castle-HughesWhale Rider200301990-03-24March 24, 199002004-01-27January 27, 2004
2700120000000000000020 years, 7002163000000000000163 daysLawrence, JenniferJennifer LawrenceWinter's Bone201001990-08-15August 15, 199002011-01-25January 25, 2011
3700120000000000000020 years, 7002235000000000000235 daysAdjani, IsabelleIsabelle AdjaniThe Story of Adele H.197501955-06-27June 27, 195501976-02-17February 17, 1976
4700120000000000000020 years, 7002311000000000000311 daysKnightley, KeiraKeira KnightleyPride & Prejudice200501985-03-26March 26, 198502006-01-31January 31, 2006
5700120000000000000020 years, 7002335000000000000335 daysPage, EllenEllen PageJuno200701987-02-21February 21, 198702008-01-22January 22, 2008
6700121000000000000021 years, 7002171000000000000171 daysMatlin, MarleeMarlee MatlinChildren of a Lesser God198601965-08-24August 24, 196501987-02-11February 11, 1987Winner
7700122000000000000022 years, 700160000000000000060 daysHartman, ElizabethElizabeth HartmanA Patch of Blue196501943-12-23December 23, 194301966-02-21February 21, 1966
8700122000000000000022 years, 7002128000000000000128 daysWinslet, KateKate WinsletTitanic199701975-10-05October 5, 197501998-02-10February 10, 1998
9700122000000000000022 years, 7002134000000000000134 daysGaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise1927/2801906-10-06October 6, 190601929-02-17February 17, 1929Winner
10700122000000000000022 years, 7002229000000000000229 daysCaron, LeslieLeslie CaronLili195301931-07-01July 1, 193101954-02-15February 15, 1954

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700182000000000000082 years, 700175000000000000075 daysPlummer, ChristopherChristopher PlummerBeginners201101929-12-13December 13, 192902012-02-26February 26, 2012Oldest winner in any category
2700180000000000000080 years, 700169000000000000069 daysBurns, GeorgeGeorge BurnsThe Sunshine Boys197501896-01-20January 20, 189601976-03-29March 29, 1976
3700179000000000000079 years, 70009000000000000009 daysDouglas, MelvynMelvyn DouglasBeing There197901901-04-05April 5, 190101980-04-14April 14, 1980
4700177000000000000077 years, 7002349000000000000349 daysGielgud, JohnJohn GielgudArthur198101904-04-14April 14, 190401982-03-29March 29, 1982
5700177000000000000077 years, 7002297000000000000297 daysAmeche, DonDon AmecheCocoon198501908-05-31May 31, 190801986-03-24March 24, 1986
6700173000000000000073 years, 700141000000000000041 daysPalance, JackJack PalanceCity Slickers199101919-02-18February 18, 191901992-03-30March 30, 1992
7700172000000000000072 years, 7002336000000000000336 daysArkin, AlanAlan ArkinLittle Miss Sunshine200601934-03-26March 26, 193402007-02-25February 25, 2007
8700172000000000000072 years, 7002268000000000000268 daysGwenn, EdmundEdmund GwennMiracle on 34th Street194701875-06-26June 26, 187501948-03-20March 20, 1948
9700171000000000000071 years, 7002192000000000000192 daysHouseman, JohnJohn HousemanThe Paper Chase197301902-09-22September 22, 190201974-04-02April 2, 1974
10700170000000000000070 years, 7002202000000000000202 daysCoburn, JamesJames CoburnAffliction199801928-08-31August 31, 192801999-03-21March 21, 1999

Oldest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700182000000000000082 years, 7002339000000000000339 daysHolbrook, HalHal HolbrookInto the Wild200701925-02-17February 17, 192502008-01-22January 22, 2008
2700182000000000000082 years, 7002289000000000000289 daysvon Sydow, MaxMax von SydowExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close201101929-04-10April 10, 192902012-01-24January 24, 2012
3700182000000000000082 years, 700149000000000000049 daysRichardson, RalphRalph RichardsonGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes198401902-12-19December 19, 190201985-02-06February 6, 1985Posthumous nomination
4700182000000000000082 years, 700142000000000000042 daysPlummer, ChristopherChristopher PlummerBeginners201101929-12-13December 13, 192902012-01-24January 24, 2012Winner
5700180000000000000080 years, 700151000000000000051 daysPlummer, ChristopherChristopher PlummerThe Last Station200901929-12-13December 13, 192902010-02-02February 2, 2010
6700180000000000000080 years, 700128000000000000028 daysBurns, GeorgeGeorge BurnsThe Sunshine Boys197501896-01-20January 20, 189601976-02-17February 17, 1976Winner
7700178000000000000078 years, 7002326000000000000326 daysDouglas, MelvynMelvyn DouglasBeing There197901901-04-05April 5, 190101980-02-25February 25, 1980Winner
8700178000000000000078 years, 700116000000000000016 daysNewman, PaulPaul NewmanRoad to Perdition200201925-01-26January 26, 192502003-02-11February 11, 2003
9700177000000000000077 years, 7002303000000000000303 daysGielgud, JohnJohn GielgudArthur198101904-04-14April 14, 190401982-02-11February 11, 1982Winner
10700177000000000000077 years, 7002250000000000000250 daysAmeche, DonDon AmecheCocoon198501908-05-31May 31, 190801986-02-05February 5, 1986Winner

Youngest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700120000000000000020 years, 7002227000000000000227 daysHutton, TimothyTimothy HuttonOrdinary People198001960-08-16August 16, 196001981-03-31March 31, 1981
2700127000000000000027 years, 7002205000000000000205 daysChakiris, GeorgeGeorge ChakirisWest Side Story196101934-09-16September 16, 193401962-04-09April 9, 1962
3700129000000000000029 years, 700181000000000000081 daysGooding, Jr., CubaCuba Gooding, Jr.Jerry Maguire199601968-01-02January 2, 196801997-03-24March 24, 1997
4700129000000000000029 years, 7002324000000000000324 daysLedger, HeathHeath LedgerThe Dark Knight200801979-04-04April 4, 197902008-01-22January 22, 2008Posthumous award
5700131000000000000031 years, 700142000000000000042 daysLemmon, JackJack LemmonMister Roberts195501925-02-08February 8, 192501956-03-21March 21, 1956
6700131000000000000031 years, 7002234000000000000234 daysDe Niro, RobertRobert De NiroThe Godfather Part II197401943-08-17August 17, 194301975-04-08April 8, 1975
7700132000000000000032 years, 700181000000000000081 daysHeflin, VanVan HeflinJohnny Eager194201910-12-13December 13, 191001943-03-04March 4, 1943
8700133000000000000033 years, 700158000000000000058 daysRussell, HaroldHarold RussellThe Best Years of Our Lives194601914-01-14January 14, 191401947-03-13March 13, 1947
9700134000000000000034 years, 700134000000000000034 daysdel Toro, BenicioBenicio del ToroTraffic200001967-02-19February 19, 196702001-03-25March 25, 2001
10700135000000000000035 years, 700188000000000000088 daysWashington, DenzelDenzel WashingtonGlory198901954-12-28December 28, 195401990-03-26March 26, 1990

Youngest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
170008000000000000008 years, 7002276000000000000276 daysHenry, JustinJustin HenryKramer vs. Kramer197901971-05-25May 25, 197101980-02-25February 25, 1980Youngest nominee in any category
2700111000000000000011 years, 7002311000000000000311 daysOsment, Haley JoelHaley Joel OsmentThe Sixth Sense199901988-04-10April 10, 198802000-02-15February 15, 2000
3700111000000000000011 years, 7002312000000000000312 daysdeWilde, BrandonBrandon deWildeShane195301942-04-09April 9, 194201954-02-15February 15, 1954
4700116000000000000016 years, 7002147000000000000147 daysWild, JackJack WildOliver!196801952-09-30September 30, 195201969-02-24February 24, 1969
5700117000000000000017 years, 700139000000000000039 daysMineo, SalSal MineoRebel Without a Cause195501939-01-10January 10, 193901956-02-18February 18, 1956
6700118000000000000018 years, 7002176000000000000176 daysPhoenix, RiverRiver PhoenixRunning on Empty198801970-08-23August 23, 197001989-02-15February 15, 1989
7700119000000000000019 years, 700190000000000000090 daysDiCaprio, LeonardoLeonardo DiCaprioWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape199301974-11-11November 11, 197401994-02-09February 9, 1994
8700120000000000000020 years, 7002185000000000000185 daysHutton, TimothyTimothy HuttonOrdinary People198001960-08-16August 16, 196001981-02-17February 17, 1981Winner
9700122000000000000022 years, 700148000000000000048 daysMineo, SalSal MineoExodus196001939-01-10January 10, 193901961-02-27February 27, 1961
10700122000000000000022 years, 700180000000000000080 daysBridges, JeffJeff BridgesThe Last Picture Show197101949-12-04December 4, 194901972-02-22February 22, 1972

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700177000000000000077 years, 700193000000000000093 daysAshcroft, PeggyPeggy AshcroftA Passage to India198401907-12-22December 22, 190701985-03-25March 25, 1985
2700172000000000000072 years, 7002166000000000000166 daysGordon, RuthRuth GordonRosemary's Baby196801896-10-30October 30, 189601969-04-14April 14, 1969
3700171000000000000071 years, 7002338000000000000338 daysRutherford, MargaretMargaret RutherfordThe V.I.P.s196301892-05-11May 11, 189201964-04-13April 13, 1964
4700170000000000000070 years, 7002187000000000000187 daysHayes, HelenHelen HayesAirport197001900-10-10October 10, 190001971-04-15April 15, 1971
5700167000000000000067 years, 700185000000000000085 daysHull, JosephineJosephine HullHarvey195001884-01-03January 3, 188401951-03-29March 29, 1951
6700165000000000000065 years, 7002212000000000000212 daysBarrymore, EthelEthel BarrymoreNone But the Lonely Heart194401879-08-15August 15, 187901945-03-15March 15, 1945
7700164000000000000064 years, 7002102000000000000102 daysDench, JudiJudi DenchShakespeare in Love199801934-12-09December 9, 193401999-03-21March 21, 1999
8700162000000000000062 years, 7002238000000000000238 daysStraight, BeatriceBeatrice StraightNetwork197601914-08-02August 2, 191401977-03-28March 28, 1977
9700161000000000000061 years, 7002135000000000000135 daysDarwell, JaneJane DarwellThe Grapes of Wrath194001879-10-15October 15, 187901941-02-27February 27, 1941
10700159000000000000059 years, 7002222000000000000222 daysBergman, IngridIngrid BergmanMurder on the Orient Express197401915-08-29August 29, 191501975-04-08April 8, 1975

Oldest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700187000000000000087 years, 7002221000000000000221 daysStuart, GloriaGloria StuartTitanic199701910-07-04July 4, 191001998-02-10February 10, 1998Oldest nominee in any category
2700183000000000000083 years, 700187000000000000087 daysDee, RubyRuby DeeAmerican Gangster200701924-10-27October 27, 192402008-01-22January 22, 2008
3700182000000000000082 years, 7002257000000000000257 daysTandy, JessicaJessica TandyFried Green Tomatoes199101909-06-07June 7, 190901992-02-19February 19, 1992
4700182000000000000082 years, 700137000000000000037 daysLe Gallienne, EvaEva Le GallienneResurrection198001899-01-11January 11, 189901981-02-17February 17, 1981
5700179000000000000079 years, 700126000000000000026 daysSothern, AnnAnn SothernThe Whales of August198701909-01-22January 22, 190901988-02-17February 17, 1988
6700177000000000000077 years, 7002234000000000000234 daysWhitty, MayMay WhittyMrs. Miniver194201865-06-19June 19, 186501943-02-08February 8, 1943
7700177000000000000077 years, 700146000000000000046 daysAshcroft, PeggyPeggy AshcroftA Passage to India198401907-12-22December 22, 190701985-02-06February 6, 1985Winner
8700177000000000000077 years, 700115000000000000015 daysEvans, EdithEdith EvansThe Chalk Garden196401888-02-08February 8, 188801965-02-23February 23, 1965
9700176000000000000076 years, 700167000000000000067 daysCooper, GladysGladys CooperMy Fair Lady196401888-12-18December 18, 188801965-02-23February 23, 1965
10700176000000000000076 years, 700116000000000000016 daysEvans, EdithEdith EvansTom Jones196301888-02-08February 8, 188801964-02-24February 24, 1964

Youngest winners

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700110000000000000010 years, 7002148000000000000148 daysO'Neal, TatumTatum O'NealPaper Moon197301963-11-05November 5, 196301974-04-02April 2, 1974Youngest winner in any category
2700111000000000000011 years, 7002240000000000000240 daysPaquin, AnnaAnna PaquinThe Piano199301982-07-24July 24, 198201994-03-21March 21, 1994
3700116000000000000016 years, 7002115000000000000115 daysDuke, PattyPatty DukeThe Miracle Worker196201946-12-14December 14, 194601963-04-08April 8, 1963
4700123000000000000023 years, 7002310000000000000310 daysBaxter, AnneAnne BaxterThe Razor's Edge194601923-05-07May 7, 192301947-03-13March 13, 1947
5700124000000000000024 years, 7002128000000000000128 daysWright, TeresaTeresa WrightMrs. Miniver194201918-10-27October 27, 191801943-03-04March 4, 1943
6700124000000000000024 years, 7002137000000000000137 daysHawn, GoldieGoldie HawnCactus Flower196901945-11-21November 21, 194501970-04-07April 7, 1970
7700124000000000000024 years, 7002296000000000000296 daysJolie, AngelinaAngelina JolieGirl, Interrupted199901975-06-04June 4, 197502000-03-26March 26, 2000
8700125000000000000025 years, 7002166000000000000166 daysHudson, JenniferJennifer HudsonDreamgirls200601981-09-12September 12, 198102007-02-25February 25, 2007
9700127000000000000027 years, 700117000000000000017 daysJones, ShirleyShirley JonesElmer Gantry196001934-03-31March 31, 193401961-04-17April 17, 1961
10700127000000000000027 years, 7002111000000000000111 daysGrahame, GloriaGloria GrahameThe Bad and the Beautiful195201925-11-28November 28, 192501953-03-19March 19, 1953

Youngest nominees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of NominationNotes
1700110000000000000010 years, 7002106000000000000106 daysO'Neal, TatumTatum O'NealPaper Moon197301963-11-05November 5, 196301974-02-19February 19, 1974Winner
2700110000000000000010 years, 7002141000000000000141 daysBadham, MaryMary BadhamTo Kill a Mockingbird196201952-10-07October 7, 195201963-02-25February 25, 1963
3700110000000000000010 years, 7002192000000000000192 daysCummings, QuinnQuinn CummingsThe Goodbye Girl197701967-08-13August 13, 196701978-02-21February 21, 1978
4700110000000000000010 years, 7002284000000000000284 daysBreslin, AbigailAbigail BreslinLittle Miss Sunshine200601996-04-14April 14, 199602007-01-23January 23, 2007
5700111000000000000011 years, 7002181000000000000181 daysMcCormack, PattyPatty McCormackThe Bad Seed195601945-08-21August 21, 194501957-02-18February 18, 1957
6700111000000000000011 years, 7002200000000000000200 daysPaquin, AnnaAnna PaquinThe Piano199301982-07-24July 24, 198201994-02-09February 9, 1994Winner
7700113000000000000013 years, 7002285000000000000285 daysRonan, SaoirseSaoirse RonanAtonement200701994-04-12April 12, 199402008-01-22January 22, 2008
8700114000000000000014 years, 70005000000000000005 daysGranville, BonitaBonita GranvilleThese Three193601923-02-02February 2, 192301937-02-07February 7, 1937
9700114000000000000014 years, 700145000000000000045 daysSteinfeld, HaileeHailee SteinfeldTrue Grit201001996-12-11December 11, 199602011-01-25January 25, 2011
10700114000000000000014 years, 700183000000000000083 daysFoster, JodieJodie FosterTaxi Driver197601962-11-19November 19, 196201977-02-10February 10, 1977

Acting Honorary Awards

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

Oldest honorees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
1700194000000000000094 years, 7002341000000000000341 daysWallach, EliEli Wallach201001915-12-07December 7, 191502010-11-13November 13, 2010
2700185000000000000085 years, 7002215000000000000215 daysLoy, MyrnaMyrna Loy199001905-08-02August 2, 190501991-03-25March 25, 1991
3700185000000000000085 years, 700159000000000000059 daysBacall, LaurenLauren Bacall200901924-09-16September 16, 192402009-11-14November 14, 2009
4700183000000000000083 years, 7002182000000000000182 daysMarx, GrouchoGroucho Marx197301890-10-02October 2, 189001974-04-02April 2, 1974
5700182000000000000082 years, 7002360000000000000360 daysChaplin, CharlesCharles Chaplin197101889-04-16April 16, 188901972-04-10April 10, 1972
6700182000000000000082 years, 7002356000000000000356 daysPickford, MaryMary Pickford197501893-04-08April 8, 189301976-03-29March 29, 1976
7700182000000000000082 years, 7002286000000000000286 daysBellamy, RalphRalph Bellamy198601904-06-17June 17, 190401987-03-30March 30, 1987

Honorary Juvenile Award

Youngest honorees

RankAgeNameFilmYearDate of BirthDate of AwardNotes
170006000000000000006 years, 7002310000000000000310 daysTemple, ShirleyShirley Temple193401928-04-23April 23, 192801935-02-27February 27, 1935
270007000000000000007 years, 700191000000000000091 daysWinter, VincentVincent WinterThe Little Kidnappers195401947-12-29December 29, 194701955-03-30March 30, 1955
370008000000000000008 years, 700159000000000000059 daysO'Brien, MargaretMargaret O'Brien194401937-01-15January 15, 193701945-03-15March 15, 1945
4700110000000000000010 years, 700139000000000000039 daysWhiteley, JonJon WhiteleyThe Little Kidnappers195401945-02-19February 19, 194501955-03-30March 30, 1955
5700112000000000000012 years, 700159000000000000059 daysJandl, IvanIvan JandlThe Search194801937-01-24January 24, 193701949-03-24March 24, 1949
6700112000000000000012 years, 7002167000000000000167 daysJarman, Jr., ClaudeClaude Jarman, Jr.194601934-09-27September 27, 193401947-03-13March 13, 1947
7700113000000000000013 years, 700120000000000000020 daysDriscoll, BobbyBobby Driscoll194901937-03-03March 3, 193701950-03-23March 23, 1950
8700114000000000000014 years, 700132000000000000032 daysGarner, Peggy AnnPeggy Ann Garner194501932-02-03February 3, 193201946-03-07March 7, 1946
9700114000000000000014 years, 7002364000000000000364 daysMills, HayleyHayley MillsPollyanna196001946-04-18April 18, 194601961-04-17April 17, 1961
10700117000000000000017 years, 700181000000000000081 daysDurbin, DeannaDeanna Durbin193801921-12-04December 4, 192101939-02-23February 23, 1939

Superlatives

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

SuperlativeOverallActorActress
Oldest NomineeStuart, GloriaGloria StuartAge 87Holbrook, HalHal HolbrookAge 82Stuart, GloriaGloria StuartAge 87
Oldest WinnerPlummer, ChristopherChristopher PlummerAge 82Plummer, ChristopherChristopher PlummerAge 82Tandy, JessicaJessica TandyAge 80
Youngest WinnerO'Neal, TatumTatum O'NealAge 10Hutton, TimothyTimothy HuttonAge 20O'Neal, TatumTatum O'NealAge 10
Youngest NomineeHenry, JustinJustin HenryAge 8Henry, JustinJustin HenryAge 8O'Neal, TatumTatum O'NealAge 10

See also

References

  1. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2008-02-24). "The Official Academy Awards Database". oscars.org (AMPAS). http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/. 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). http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/help/helpMain.jsp?helpContentURL=statistics/indexStats.html. 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). http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/help/helpMain.jsp?helpContentURL=statistics/indexStats.html. 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)." 

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