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Emmanuelle Riva's Oscar Birthday And The 100 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

Emmanuelle Riva at the NYFCC Awards earlier this weekGuess who has a birthday on Oscar night this year? Emmanuelle Riva! What fortuitous timing.

The legendary French actress of Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) fame, was Oscar-nominated just a few days ago for her haunting downward spiral in Michael Haneke's Amour (2012) and on her 86th birthday she could become the oldest winner of any competitive acting Oscar. Christopher Plummer, who turned 83 last month, currently holds that record for his win last year for Beginners. Riva's abundantly well deserved nomination makes her, at this writing, the 64th oldest living Oscar nominee or winner, just a few days younger than American screen legend Sidney Poitier.

So, as we gear up for Oscar night, I thought it was time to look back with gratitude on our elders. Let's pay homage to the Oscar nominees and winners that are still with us. Investigate these talents with your DVD queues and perhaps they'll feel the vibes of new fans "discovering" their cinematic contributions. That would have to be a sweet (and deserved) sensation. 

I'm posting today, not just due to the discovery that next month's Emmanuelle Riva Birthday Celebration will involve all the biggest stars in the world, but because it's January 12th, on which we always say happy birthday to #1 on this list. I hope you enjoy!

to clarify: I included Honorary Oscars even if the person was never up for a competitive statue

Luise Rainer and Luise Rainer1-10

01 Luise Rainer (1/12/10)
Recently name-checked not so flatteringly in Hitchcock, she was once known as the "Viennese Teardrop" and sits in the record books as the first back-to-back Oscar winning actor for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937). She's been very vocal about what she thought of Hollywood and "The Oscar Curse" which she doesn't believe in. Her career ended for more complicated reasons. Other key works: Not really. Not films she liked at any rate. Her career was over almost as soon as it began.

99 More Greats After the Jump 

02 Douglas Slocombe (2/10/13)
The 99 year old cinematographer's most famous work is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Imagine lighting that boulder rolling opening sequence or the snake pit with torches! He was also nominated for Best Picture nominee Julia (1977) and Travels With My Aunt (1972).  Other key works: The Lion in Winter (1968), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Rollerball (1975)

03 Elmo Williams (4/30/13)
He won his golden statue for editing High Noon (1952) one of the earliest movies (though not the earliest) to be told in "real time." He was later nominated for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).  He's just a little over one Oscar ceremony away from the big 100.

Oswald Morris (far left) filming Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum

04 Oswald Morris (11/22/15)
This three time nominated Cinematographer recently turned 97. He received all of his nominations for musicals (The Wiz, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof) but he also worked frequently with legendary director John Huston Other Key Works: Lolita, Equus, The Taming of the Shrew. Puppet classic The Dark Crystal (1982) was his last movie assignment.

05 Eli Wallach (12/7/1915)
This beloved character actor and Honorary Oscar recipient, newly 97 years young,  played "Mr Freeze" on the Batman TV series. He's most famous for frequent television apperances and for his role as "Tuco" in The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966).   Other Key Works: He was busiest from the late 50s through early 60s stretching from Baby Doll (1956 - Golden Globe Nomination) to The Magnificent Seven (1960) and on through The Misfits (1961) and Moon Spinners (1964). He popped up in Oscar favorite Mystic River (2003), too.

06 Olivia de Havilland (7/1/1916)
The oldest enduring movie star on this list had won Best Actress twice by the time she was 33 for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949), the latter of which is currently revived on Broadway starring new Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain. Olivia's legend was cemented years earlier than either of her Oscar wins, though, with her first nomination as the kind-hearted "Melanie" in the immortal Gone With the Wind (1939). She is the one of the only two remaining living links to that historic film. The Snake Pit (1948) and Hold Back the Dawn (1941) also won her Oscar attention. 
Other Key Works: Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and Light in the Piazza (1962) which became a quite awesome stage musical a few years ago. If they ever made a film version of the musical and cast the right actress, you're talking instant Oscar nomination. More on Olivia.

07 Kirk Douglas (12/9/1916)
Spartacus himself and father to two time Oscar winner Michael Douglas. This three time Best Actor nominee (he was nominated for ChampionLust For Life and The Bad and the Beautiful) won an Honorary Oscar and his irascibly energetic public appearances including Oscar shenanigans with Melissa Leo (discussed here) even after debilitating strokes have kept his name in lights for younger audiences, too.

08 John B Mansbridge (3/20/1917)
This 95 year old Disney Art Director was nominated for Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and The Island at the Top of the World (1974).  Other Key Works: Tron (1982), Tim Burton's original Frankenweenie (1984) and the television series "Beauty and the Beast."

09 Joan Fontaine (10/22/1917)
The 95 year old starred in Rebecca (1940), which netted her her first Best Actress nomination and remains her most iconic film role. She followed her older sister Olivia de Havilland into showbiz but beat her to a Best Actress win when she was all of 24 for Suspicion (1941). Her career didn't prove quite as enduring as that of her long-estranged sister but one more Oscar nomination followed for The Constant Nymph (1943). Other Key Works: The Women (1939), Letter from a Unknown Woman (1948) 

10 Michael Anderson (1/30/1920)
The 92 year old's claim to fame and sole Oscar success was directing the Best Picture winner Around the World in 80 Days (1956).  Other Key Works: All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) with Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood and the sci-fi favorite Logans Run (1976) which has been on the remake track forever now.


Why isn't "Harryhauseny" an adjective?

11 Ray Harryhausen (6/29/20) 
This 92 year old visual effects stop motion pioneer was a Gordon Sawyer Award recipient at the 1992 ceremony. But his films were too "genre" to compete for Oscars during his career. Things are much different today of course when visual effects rule over all of the major studios. Harryhausen's most famous work can be seen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years BC (1966),  The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), and the original Clash of the Titans (1981) -- I loved his Medusa!

12 Mickey Rooney (9/23/20)
One of Hollywood's all time most successful teen stars, this workhorse actor churned out a ton of films in his youth. His first competitive nomination was for Babes in Arms (1939), and another Best Actor nomination followed for The Human Comedy (1943) making him the youngest actor to reach two Best Actor nominations (he was only 23!... to give you a hint at how impossible that is to do only James Dean at 26 and Brando at 28 came anywhere close). Rooney's final two nominations were in supporting for The Bold and the Brave (1956) and The Black Stallion (1979). In addition to his four nominations he was honored with a Juvenile Oscar (shared with Deanna Durbin who is also on this list) in the 30s and an Honorary Oscar in the 80s. Other Key Works: the entire Andy Hardy series... and that terribly racist supporting role in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

13 Carol Channing (1/31/21)
This Broadway legend was essentially too large for movie screens but she did manage one Oscar nomination for her hilariously out-there work as "Muzzy" in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). You have to see this performance to believe it. My favorite part of the movie is her "Jazz Baby" solo. Another must-see for Carol fans is the newish documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Tribeca Film Festival with a very frail Carol in attendance. She spoke briefly to the crowd afterwards, sharing with us stories she'd just shared in the movie. I considered it a happy Double Feature. "Razzzzzbbberrries!" Other Key Works: a lifetime of Hello Dolly! on stage and originating the Marilyn Monroe part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

14 Ken Adam (2/5/21)
This soon to be 92 year old James Bond Art Director (Dr. No, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever) has had a titanic and long career. He's a two time winner for Art Direction (Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George) and his nominations stretch across 4 decades of cinema. We recently celebrated his diverse and funny nominated work on Addams Family Values right here.

15 Saul Zaentz (2/28/21) 
This producer won the industry's top prize "Best Picture" for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Amadeus (1984) and The English Patient (1996) - that's 3 of the only 9 pictures he's produced which means he's got a pretty amazing 33% record for wins for films produced. Other Key Works: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

16 Bill Butler (4/7/21)
The cinematographer's only nomination was for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), which he shared with Haskell Wexler but '75 also featured a gig as Director of Photography on a tiny picture called Jaws (1975)... maybe you've heard of it? Other Key Works: He later swerved into less prestigious fare like the wildly popular Grease (1978) and multiple Rocky sequels.

Parrondo with his two Oscars17 Gil Parrondo (6/17/21)
This Spanish production designer won back to back Art Direction Oscars for Patton (1970) and Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). A third consecutive nomination followed for Travels With My Aunt (1972) but it broke his winning streak. The 91 year-old is actually back at work (!) on the Pablo Picasso "Guernica" focused biopic 33 días (2013) with Antonio Banderas playing the temperamental genius.

18 Deanna Durbin (12/4/21)
This 91 year old was a teen sensation in the 1930s, becoming for a time the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She was only 18 when she won her Juvenile Oscar (shared with Mickey Rooney) after a series of huge hits including Three Smart Girls, That Certain Age and Mad About Music. She retired from the screen just nine years later and, like Olivia de Havilland, now lives in France.

the cool beauty of Eleanor Parker

19 Eleanor Parker (6/26/22)
Not everyone is remembered most for their Oscar hits. This fine fine actress is best remembered today as the (not totally) wicked would be stepmother in The Sound of Music -- a role for which she wasn't nominated despite the movie's Oscar Champ status -- but that doesn't paint the whole picture at all. Due to the Baroness I believe most people think of her as a supporting player but her three Oscar nominations were all for Best Leading Actress: Caged (1950), Detective Story (1951) and Interuppted Melody (1956). Isn't it time for renewed interest in her career? Perhaps we owe her a mini blog festival.

20 Norman Lear (7/27/22)
This writer was Oscar nominated for Divorce, American Style. But he'll be in the history books forever due to the development, creation and writing of several classic envelope-pushing television sitcoms like All in the Family, Maude,  Sanford & Son and The Jefferson to name just a few.


21 Juanita Moore (10/19/22)
She hasn't worked in over a decade but that Supporting Actress nomination for Imitation of Life (*see it*) sure was a beauty.

22 Valentina Cortese (1/1/23)
This Italian Day for Night (1973) actress holds the extremely rare honor of a supporting acting nomination from a foreign language film. Those are about as infrequent as it gets. Other Key Works: Les Misérables (1948) in which she played both Fantine AND Cosette -- take that Anne Hathaway!, and The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Franco Zeffirelli directing his actors in Romeo and Juliet (1968), a big hit in its day

23 Franco Zeffirelli (2/12/23)
The famed Italian director who'll turn 90 just before the Oscars was nominated twice, the first time for helming Romeo & Juliet (1968) which remains his most famous work and the first major screen production of Shakespeare's doomed teen romance to realize that the actors should be young. His second nomination came for art-directing his own gorgeous opera film, La Traviata (1982). Other key works Mainstream hits The Champ and Endless Love and the Mel Gibson/Glenn Close version of Hamlet (1990).

24 Richard Attenborough (8/29/23)
Today's under 30s probably think of him solely as the visionary scientist/showman of "Jurassic Park" within Jurassic Park but he was once right in AMPAS wheelhouse as a director favoring topics dripping with prestige and bait. He won two Oscars with his only two nominations, both for Gandhi (1982). Other key works: the much maligned A Chorus Line: The Musical (1985) and the biopics Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993) which both won Oscar favor for in acting categories.

25 Glynis Johns (10/5/23)
Every time I think of this 89 year old delight I start singing "♫ Well done, Sister Sufragrette ♪" but she actually wasn't nominated for her distracted politically-minded mother in Mary Poppins. Her only nomination came for a a terrific turn as the lusty bar owner "Mrs Firth" in The Sundowners (1960). Other Key Works: Two early roles as mermaids in Miranda (1948) and Mad About Men (1954) have a devoted following. Awesome performances for modern audiences include The Ref (1994) - so memorable as the irritable stingy matriach - and While You Were Sleeping (1995) though she is now, sadly, retired.

26 Arthur Hiller (11/22/23)
He won a Hersholt Huminatarian Award but when it comes to his feature films he's mostly remembered for directing the smash hit romantic drama Love Story (1970) which won him his only Oscar nomination.
Other Key Works: They're all comedies: The Out of Towners, Silver Streak and Outrageous Fortune

27 Ron Moody (1/8/24)
Actor nominee "Fagin" from Oliver! turned 89 this week. Do you think he voted for Les Misérables for Best Picture? For a previous article on this underappreciated sixties musical (it's reputation suffered from the weight of that "Best Picture" title), click here.

28 Doris Day (4/3/24)
The movie musical / romantic comedy legend received only one Best Actress nomination (for Pillow Talk, 1959) but her fans are still dedicated. Everyone grouses that she doesn't have an Honorary Oscar and many argue that it's only because she's totally withdrawn herself from Hollywood and probably wouldn't show to receive it. Have you heard her recent NPR interview? Other Key Works: Calamity Jane, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, That Touch of Mink and many other hits.

29 Stanley Donen (4/13/24)
He's an underappreciate Hall of Famer but at least he has an Honorary Oscar! He was one of the best musicals director of all time, most famous for that thrilling barn sequence in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the entirety of Singin' in the Rain but somehow people always forget to mention him when discussing the giants of movie musicals. Other Key Works: On the Town, Royal Wedding

30 Theodore Bikel (5/2/24) is best remembered for key supporting actor roles from the 1950s including The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952) and, finally, The Defiant Ones (1958) for which he Oscar nominated. Back then supporting actors didn't have to be shoved aside so that one of the two co-leads could pretend to be supporting. Both Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier were nominated in Best Actor. Even though they're chained together throughout the picture if it were released today one of them would claim to be "supporting" the other for the sake of an Oscar.


31 Eva Marie Saint (7/4/24), who is 88, won Best Supporting Actress for On the Waterfront (1954). Her last film role was as Superman's mom in Superman Returns (2006) but she's back in front of cameras now for a new movie with Russell Crowe. Other Key Works: Exodus and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

32 Martha Hyer (8/10/24) was Oscar nominated for Supporting Actress for Some Came Running (1958).

Bacall's Honorary

33 Lauren Bacall (9/16/24) this 1940s screen siren, paired with Humphrey Bogart onscreen and off, recently received an honorary Oscar (we curse AMPAS producers for removing these from the broadcast!) and was nominated for her whole career under the guise of The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). Now 88 this tough actress is still working. Her best recent roles were both in icy fantastic Nicole Kidman pictures (Dogville and Birth). Other Key Works: Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express and How to Marry a Millionaire (recently discussed).

34 Ruby Dee (10/27/24) is the third old actress ever to receive an Oscar nomination -- for slapping Denzel Washington in American Gangster (2007) at 83 -- but her history with show biz goes way back and she has several lifetime achievement prizes to show for it. Other Key Works: The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and Do The Right Thing (1989). 

35 Dorothy Malone (1/30/25) the very colorful Supporting Actress winner from Written on the Wind turns 88 this month. Can she still do a mean mambo? She reteamed with Rock Hudson for The Tarnished Angels and The Last SunsetOther Key Works: Took over the Lana Turner role for the television version of Peyton Place. She stayed retired after her fun cameo in Basic Instinct (1992).

36 Hal Holbrook (2/17/25) is the oldest man to ever receive an acting nominaton. That was a Supporting Actor bid at 83 for his tremendously moving brief role in Into the Wild (2007). He followed it up with a moving but underseen lead role in That Evening Sun (2009). Other Key Works: "Deep Throat" in All The Presidents Men (1976), Abraham Lincoln in the TV miniseries Lincoln (1974) and he's currently onscreen as part of the vivid ensemble cast of Lincoln, currently nominated for 12 Oscars, though he doesn't get to play the President this time.

37 George Kennedy (2/18/25) won Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke (1967). He was the oldest male acting winner until Christopher Plummer last year and he's just one day younger than the oldest male acting nominee ever (living or otherwise) which would be Hal Holbrook. Other Key Works: Hurry Sundown, The Dirty Dozen, and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and more recently the Naked Gun series.

38 Colette Marchand (4/29/25) was nominated for Moulin Rouge (1952), her first onscreen role. She was rarely seen again onscreen.

39 Martin Bregman (5/18/25) this personal manager turned producer helped bring the perfect Dog Day Afternoon (1975), which we were just drooling on, into the world so please give him a round of applause. Other Key Works: Lots of key Pacino movies including Sea of Love, Scarface, and Serpico

40 John Briley (6/25/25) this 87 year old won Best Original Screenplay for Gandhi (1982). 

41 Cara Williams (6/29/25) was a Supporting Actress nominee for The Defiant Ones.

Governor's Ball Dec 2012: George Stevens Jr (80), D.A. Pennebaker (87), Hal Needham (81) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (62)

42 D.A. Pennebaker (7/15/25) this famous documentarian was nominated for The War Room. He just picked up his Honorary Oscar in December at the Governor's Ball.

43 Alan Bergman (9/11/25) won 3 Oscars in the music categories along with a slew of other nominations. Amazing song contributions include "Papa Can Your Hear Me?", "The Way We Were", "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "It Might Be You" 

44 Herbert Kretzmer (10/5/25) this composer is nominated THIS YEAR for "Suddenly" from Les Misérables

45 Angela Lansbury (10/16/25) This 87 year old legend was thrice nominated for Supporting Actress (Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Manchurian Candidate) and she's still a big name to multiple generations. Most people know her as a TV and stage star (she's won 5 Tony Awards) but she had quite an early ascendance on the big screen. How many actors won two Oscar nominations within their first three movies? Not too damn many. Lansbury still holds the record of fastest actor of either gender to receive two competitive Oscar nominations. She was only 20 when she picked up her second Supporting Actress nod.

46 Johnny Mandel (11/23/25) won his Oscar for the song "The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Sandpiper (65)

47 Julie Harris (12/2/25) Speaking of Tony winners. Here's a huge stage star and one time Oscar nominee (Member of the Wedding). Other Key Works: James Dean's girl in East of Eden and primetime soap TV stardom on "Knots Landing". 

48 George Martin (1/3/26) Celebrated his 87th birthday just a week ago. He achieved fame by producing The Beatles and became an Oscar nominee on A Hard Day's Night (1964).

49 Haskell Wexler (2/6/26) Wexler is one of the most important cinematographers who ever lived. And though he hits 87 in a month he's still working. He won two Oscars for shooting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and Bound For Glory (1976). Other Key Works: In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

50 Andrzej Wazda (3/6/26) This 86 year old legendary Polish director of Man of Iron fame has four Foreign Language Film nominees to his credit including the recent Katyn (2007). He's also an Honorary winner.


51 Jerry Lewis (3/16/26) This comedy legend was never nominated for a competitive Oscar but he received the Jean Hersholt Huminatarian Award. Key WorksThe Nutty Professor (1963), King of Comedy (1983) and a longtime prolific comic partnership with Dean Martin.

52 Roger Corman (4/5/26) this Honorary Oscar winner is an iconic director and producer of B Movies and the subject of the new documentary Corman's World. Like many celebrities (and me!) he is from Detroit Michigan.Key WorksLittle Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama, A Bucket of Blood, The Wasp Woman and much more... 

53 Joan Lorring (4/17/26) was a Supporting Actress nominee opposite Bette Davis for The  Corn is Green.Other Key WorksThe Verdict, Three Strangers and The Midnight Man.

54 Cloris Leachman (4/30/26) The Last Picture Show (1971) Supporting Actress winner and enduring comic star of Young Frankenstein (1974). Other Key Works: many Emmy-winning television sitcom appearances.

55 Peter Shaffer (5/15/26) Screenplay nominee for Equus (1977) and winner for Amadeus (1984)

56 Mel Brooks (6/28/26) Iconic comedy director -- too many hits to mention -- won Best Screenplay for The Producers (1968)

57 Norman Jewison (7/21/26) was nominated for 7 Oscars but never won. I had the opportunity to attend a mini Jewison festival here in NYC recently and it was awesome. Key works: Moonstruck (which should have won Best Picture in its year. Holds up beautifully), Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heat of the Night, Jesus Christ Superstar

58 Frank Finlay (8/6/26) Best Supporting Actor nominee for Othello (1965)

59 Lina Wertmüller (8/14/26) the first woman ever nominated for Best Director for Seven Beauties (1975) for which she also received a screenplay nomination.

60 Samuel Goldwyn Jr (9/7/26) Producer. Heir.

61 Richard H Kline (11/15/26) Cinematographer
62 Murray Schisgal (11/25/26) Screenwriter
63 Albert Maysles (11/26/26) Documentarian

64 Lawrence Turman (11/28/26) Producer
65 Walter Lassally (12/18/26) Cinematographer
66 Sidney Poitier (2/20/27) Icon

67 Emmanuelle Riva (2/24/27)
Nominated for Best Actress in "AMOUR" 

68 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (5/7/27) Screenwriter
69 Neil Simon (7/4/27) Writer
70 Rosemary Harris (9/19/27) Actress
71 Lee Grant (10/31/27) Actress
72 Estelle Parsons (11/20/27) Actress. She recently toured the country leading the August: Osage County cast. If she can tear it up as "Violet" doesn't she deserve another great movie role? Come on Hollywood!
73 William Peter Blatty (1/7/28) Screenwriter
74 Stuart Whitman (2/1/28) Actor

75 Gerald Fried (2/13/28) Composer
76 James Garner (4/7/28) Actor
77 Paul Sylbert (4/16/28) Production Design
78 Shirley Temple (4/23/28) Biggest Child Star of All Time
79 Burt Bacharach (5/12/28) Composer
80 Edouard Molinaro (5/31/28) Director
81 James Ivory (6/7/28) Director
82 Richard M Sherman (6/12/28) Composer
83 Martin Landau (6/20/28) Actor
84 Nancy Olson (7/14/28) Actress

85 Stanley Mann (8/8/28) Screenwriter
86 Ann Blyth (8/16/28) Actress
87 Serge Bourguignon (9/3/28) Writer/Director
88 Jerome Hellman (9/4/28) Producer
89 Zev Braun (10/19/28) Producer
90 Ennio Moricone (11/10/28) Iconic Composer
91 Peter Howitt (birthdate unknown, 1928) Art Director
92 André Previn (4/6/29) Composer
93 Max Von Sydow (4/10/29) Bergman Muse. Amazing Actor
94 Richard Rush (4/15/29)

95 Paul Mazurky (4/25/30) Writer/Director
96 Fernanda Montenegro (10/16/29) Brazilian Goddess
97 Joan Plowright (10/28/29) British Dame / Actress
98 Christopher Plummer (12/13/29) Best Supporting Actor winner just last year.
99 Gene Hackman (1/30/30) Actor. Can't anyone talk him out of retirement?
100 Joanne Woodward (2/27/30) Awesome Actress. Widow of Paul Newman

They're just babies!
Too young for this list though they've had their Oscar moments: Stephen Sondheim (3/23/30) Genius; Albert S Ruddy (3/28/30) Producer; Bruce Jay Friedman (4/26/30) Screenwriter; Clint Eastwood (5/31/30) Icon; Vilmos Zsigmond (6/16/30) Cinematographer. Still working! Last nominated for The Black Dahlia (2006), Actress Gena Rowlands (6/19/30), Robert Evans (6/29/30), Actor Sean Connery (8/25/30), Costume Designer Albert Wolsky (11/24/30), Director Jean Luc Godard (12/3/30) Honorary Winner and Actor Maximilian Schell (12/8/30), Writer Buck Henry (12/9/30) and Actor Armin Muehller-Stahl (12/17/30)

Other people born in 1930 or earlier that we're glad are still with us but they were never Oscar nom'ed:  Manoel de Oliveira (12/11/08) 104 and still directing feature films in Portugal!, personality Zsa Zsa Gabor (2/6/17), French legend Danielle Darrieux (5/1/17), wonderful Irish movie star Maureen O'Hara (8/17/20) --  why doesn't she have an Honorary Oscar?, actor Louis Jordan (6/19/21), swimming actress Esther Williams (8/8/21), ubiquitous sitcom legend Betty White (1/17/22), Christopher Lee (5/27/22), Broadway legend and 30 Rock mama Elaine Stritch (2/2/25), Actor Harry Dean Stanton (7/15/26), Actor/Singer Harry Belafonte (3/1/27), Jacques Rivette (3/1/28), grandmother of the French New Wave the amazing Agnès Varda (5/30/28), sitcom legend Katharine Helmond (7/5/28), Don't Look Now director Nicolas Roeg (8/15/28), Please Give's hilarious Ann Morgan Guilbert (10/16/28), versatile tv/film actress Marion Ross (10/25/28), french powerhouse Jeanne Moreau (1/23/28), instantly familiar character actor Paul Dooley (2/22/28), german star Hardy Krüger (4/12/28),   instantly familiar character actress Alice Drummond (5/21/28), Being John Malkovich's Orson Bean (7/22/28), stage and tv actress Marian Seldes (8/23/28), Actress Jane Powell (4/1/29), Psycho co-star Vera Miles (8/23/29) who was just played by Jessica Biel in Hitchcock, acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman (1/1/30), character and stage actress Frances Sternhagen (1/13/30), Hitchcock heroine and Mother O' Melanie Tippi Hedren (1/19/30), Mr Natalie Wood Robert Wagner (2/10/30), the voice of the 1960s musical Marni Nixon (2/22/30), director Richard Donner (4/24/30), actor Jean Rochefort (4/29/30), actor Gordon Pinsent (7/12/30), actress Polly Bergen (7/14/30), "Truly Scrumptious" Sally Ann Howes (7/20/30), character actor Philip Bosco (9/26/30), character actress Lois Smith (11/3/30), composer David Amram (11/17/30), Amour star  Jean-Louis Trintignant (12/11/30), Almodóvar regular Chus Lampreave (12/11/30) and character actor Donald Moffat (12/26/30)

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I absolutely adore this list! Maybe it's because my first contact with the Oscars was during the 80s, when the Academy rewarded so many veterans...

Nothing would make me happier than Dujardin opening the envelope and saying: "Oh la la, c'est Emmanuelle Riva!".

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

yay Luise Rainer Happy Birthday!!!. Emmanuelle Riva's nomination is my favorite and I'm just so happy for her. Gives you hope for an actress to never say never. They better sing her Happy Birthday! Oscar nominated actress Terry Moore was born in 1929 ;)

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLola

Always love reading through these lists. You still have the years for The Snake Pit and Hold Back The Dawn mixed up though.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim B.

Is this the first time that 4 of the 5 actresses nominated in the leading category are from films nominated for best picture?

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterremy

Didn't Morris actually won the Oscar for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF? I think he did.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGustavo

I'm happy to see Doris Day is still sane...there were so many reports swirling that she had lost her mind and this is why she went into "hiding".

Also, Lauren Bacall is probably the one on this list who still has the most to give. It's a shame Betty's mother is dead on Mad Men because she would've been perfect for that.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

amazing list, but you were undoubtedly tired when you wrote some of these. "Kirk Douglas recently won an Honorary Oscar -- memorably handed to him by Melissa Leo "

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstella

Harry Dean Stanton is 86??????

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

Wow Nathaniel what a comprehensive list. Thank you !

I recently saw Throughly Modern Millie and yes Channing was out there, way out. Wouldn't call her performance "best" acting but it was certainly delightful and entertaining.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMurtada

I must say this annual post always makes me feel old, not because I'm as old as these guys, but because my own birthday is around these days (next week!!) and this time of the year I'm usually still in denial ;)

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

94 Christopher Plummer (12/13/29) Best Supporting Actor winner just last year. And Screen legend of course......... and still making the most wonderful movies!!!

Great list--but you left off (or apparently aren't glad they're still with us):Norman Lloyd (11-8-14), Allan Arbus (2-15-18), Marjorie Lord (7-26-18), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (11-30-18), Audrey Totter (12-20-18), Nehemiah Persoff (8-2-19), Alan Young (11-19-19), Douglas Wilmer (1-8-20), Elliot Reid (1-16-20), Michele Morgan (2-29-20), Jayne Meadows (9-27-20), Noel Neill (11-25-20), Abe Vigoda (2-24-21), Elizabeth Wilson (4-4-21), Clifton James (5-29-21), Gerald S. O'Loughlin (12-23-21).

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Rutzky

Lloyd: are you sure those actors are Oscar nominees?

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Awesome job! Thanks a lot!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Happy Birthday Louise!

Nathaniel, here in Greece Zeffirelli is mostly (if not exclusively) known for the series (or long movie?) about the life of Jesus. It's on the TV every Easter.

I don't remember having seen Eleanor Parker in anything. I want to see Caged. I must!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Great list! I think Charade should be considered one of Donen's key works, too. I *love* that movie, it's one of my favorites of all-time. He's definitely underappreciated.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

One of my favorite actresses, Joanne Woodward, was born on 2-27-30. That would put her at number 96. She won her only Oscar for The Three Faces of Eve, but IMO she should have won for Rachel, Rachel, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams and Mr and Mrs Bridge.

She lives not far from here in Westport, Connecticut. Was glad to see her attending the Obama fundraiser last summer.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

Bollywood is not Oscar's cup of tea. But is 100! I found her luminous.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKD

W O W Nathaniel! Really great work!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

You should also add to the list of non-Oscar, but glad still here Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy [Montgomery]):

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjrvandore

Terrific post! Comments on some of my favorites on the list all of whom I'd love to see still at work even though they have certainly earned their leisure if they so chose.

Luise Rainer-First of all Happy Birthday! Can't blame her for not being a fan of her film catalog the ones I seen have been an uninspiring lot but that's probably her sworn enemy Mayer's fault. She had a strong will of her own surely something that has helped her get to 103 but that set her against Louie B. and he had the power to ruin her which he supposedly took great glee in doing by sticking her in one piece of junk after another.

Deanna Durbin-Love all her work but I've always found her films as an adult more enjoyable. Her best: It Started with Eve, a delightful comedy with Charles Laughton but recently got a chance to see Christmas Holiday a dark drama where she plays a roadside "hostess"(read prostitute!). It's so shockingly different from all her other films. That alone makes it compulsively watchable but it's a good (not great) film on its own as well as having Gale Sondergaard & Gladys George in the cast and Deanna looks perhaps her most beautiful, sings like an angel of course, less operatically than usual. I've always respected her tremendously too for having the courage of her convictions. She hated Hollywood and celebrity and when her contract expired she turned her back on public life and no matter how much money they threw at her she was done and that was it actually making her husband promise before they married that he would provide the one thing she wanted most-the life of a nobody.

Eleanor Parker-When I first saw the pic I thought you had slipped in Ruth Roman by mistake! Of course she's been gone for years but I never realized they resembled each other before. They were great together along with Patricia Neal in Three Secrets. As well as her better known films another great one of hers to catch is Between Two Worlds with John Garfield and a large chunk of the Warners stock company.

Glynis Johns-What a divine and distinctive talent! Her mermaid movies are great but so is The Court Jester with Angela Lansbury and Mildred Natwick and the deliciously nutty The Chapman Report where she is joined by Shelley Winters, Claire Bloom and a impossibly young and tightly wound Jane Fonda!!

Doris Day-That she doesn't have an honorary Oscar is a disgrace that should have the academy hanging their heads in shame! What the hell do they care if she comes and picks it up they don't even televise them anymore! Best work: Love Me or Leave Me-of course no nomination. Go Academy!

Eva Marie Saint-Effortless elegance to this day. Looking forward to seeing her on screen again. One of the top Hitchcock blondes.

Betty Bacall-So glad to hear she is back at work, last I heard she was still recovering from a broken hip. She's one tough broad, so many performances to pick from, some of the best: Dark Passage, Women's World ( a complete joy and glamour wallow), and Murder on the Orient Express.

Angela Lansbury-Sorry she had to drop out of Wes Anderson's next movie but was filled with admiration when I read an interview with James Earl Jones and she that she couldn't do it because they was touring Australia in Driving Miss Daisy! Amazing! So many great performance again: Manchurian for sure, State of the Union, All Fall Down, The Reluctant Debutante, scores more.

Julie Harris-A towering talent never particularly well served by films or TV. I saw her on stage in The Belle of Amherst and it was one of the most amazing events I've ever seen. She held the entire audience spellbound and in the palm of her hand throughout.

Joan Plowright-She seems to have retired at least from films and that is such a loss. She's always able to convey so much with just small expressions. She's a wonder in Tea with Mussolini, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont and my favorite Enchanted April.

Joanne Woodward-A great actress who stayed in the game but put family first so her career wasn't as big as it could have been. I think she also sought out intriguing work over star making roles. Still she's memorable in The Stripper, Sybil, Do You Remember Love?, The Glass Menagerie as well as her Oscar work although Mr & Mrs Bridge left me cold. Come back to work Joanne, please.

Other greats and favorites on the list but geez just realized how I've rambled on!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

My 3 favorite Dames (maybe it's everyone's as well) - Judi Dench, Maggie Smith & Julie Andrews are 4-5 years too young to make the cut. And they are still actively working... well, at least Judi & Maggie are. But to think that they were still babies when Luise Rainer already won her second Oscar, it makes them really young, isn't it? lol.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Love the list but am curious why Angela Lansbury hasn't been made a Dame yet.

Andrews, Dench, Smith, Plowright etc are all Dames - why not the wonderful Angela Lansbury?

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBette Streep

Dick Van Dyke needs to be added to the non-oscar nominated list!!!!!!!!!!! He is getting the SAG life achievement award this year!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerm

Bette Streep -- some people actually turn it down. so who knows.

January 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@joel6 - I'm curious about why Mr and Mrs Bridge left you cold. I thought it was a fascinating character study.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

You forgot to include several songwriters who won Best Original Song. Currently, the oldest living BOS winner is Alan Bergman (9-11-25, co-lyricist of both "The Windmills of Your Mind" from "The Thomas Crown Affair" and the title song of "The Way We Were"), after the 2012 death of Hal David. Though you included Richard Sherman & Burt Bacharach, you omitted three other still-living BOS winners besides Bergman who born in the 1920's: Johnny Mandel (11-23-25, composer of "The Shadow of Your Smile" from "The Sandpiper"); Bergman's wife Marilyn (11-10-29, the other co-lyricist of his two songs); and Gulzar (8-18-29, lyricist of "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire").

I don't have birthdates for past BOS nominees, but one of this year's nominees, Herbert Kretzmer (10-5-25), is actually older than Emmanuelle Riva; he would become the second oldest living BOS winner after Alan Bergman if he wins for "Suddenly" from "Les Miz". OTOH, Adele (5-5-88) would become the youngest BOS winner if she wins for the theme from "Skyfall"; the current youngest winner is Marketa Irglova (2-28-88, "Falling Slowly" from "Once"). And in between them, Seth MacFarlane's co-nominee for "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted" is none other than disco-era icon Walter Murphy ("A Fifth of Beethoven"). No 9-year-old in this bunch, but BOS is pretty broad age-wise also.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRBBrittain

Amaaaaazing list! Tremendous research! Awe-inspiring group of ACADEMY AWARD VOTERS!!! THESE are the people, who, if you look at it another way 'round, THESE are the people who, if they are all paid-up dues-wise members of AMPAS, ALLLLL of them can vote and probably do!!! Ask yourself what film would THEY vote for for Best Picture and voila there is your answer!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Holt

Awesome list. And it’s so great to see some of them still being active and working.

Angela Lansbury has to be the oldest actor working in American theater today day. She’s also probably gonna be the last star from the Golden Age of Hollywood to grace the stage.

It’s such a shame that she had to drop out from Wes Anderson’s next movie due to the scheduling conflict with Driving Miss Daisy Australian tour, especially considering that almost never gets film offers worthy of her talent. I don’t understand why though, and I guess ever Jessica Fletcher won’t be able to solve that mystery.
She really is underrated. Where are her Honorary Oscar and a Dame tittle (I don’t think she turned it down, since she accepted a CBE back in the early 90’s)?

I would love to see her at the Oscars again and set another record. This time as the oldest Oscar winner.

Anyway, I think it’s super-cool for her to agree to take on a lead role in touring production for 5 months and so far from home at her age.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Don Murray ??
Donald Patrick Murray
July 31, 1929 in Hollywood, California, USA
Nominated for "Bus Stop" 1956

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpda

Another non-nominee but should be added: Jean Stapleton, born 1/19/23 - just days away from turning 90!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSMG

How about the beautiful star of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS + LOVE ME TENDER -- Debra Paget , who will turn 80 this year ? and her costar from BIRD OF PARADISE and star of GIGI and CAN-CAN, Louis Jourdan, born in 1921, age 92 this year?

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterphilip

More for the non-nominated category (and I, at least, am glad they're still with us!):

June Foray, 95 (b. 9/18/1917) - Legendary voice actress has worked on everything from Disney movies to The Twilight Zone to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (and it's stunning that she'd somehow never even been nominated for an Oscar OR an Emmy - never mind won one - until last year)
Honor Blackman, 87 (b. 8/22/1925) - still active, just appeared in "I, Anna" last year
Morgan Woodward, 87 (9/16/1925) - Prolific character actor and "Dallas" regular in the 80s
Sir Roger Moore, 85 (b. 10/14/1927)
Adam West, 84 (b. 9/19/1928) - Batman/Bat Ham
Burt Kwouk, 82 (b. 7/18/1930) - Character actor best remembered for playing Cato in the Pink Panther movies

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim
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