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The 25 Youngest Women Ever Nominated for Best Actress

by Nathaniel R

Saoirse Ronan hosting SNLTimothée Chalamet (about to turn 22) and Saoirse Ronan (23) are only a year apart in age and both are looking like major Oscar contenders in Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. In other words, it MIGHT be a really young Oscar year. Despite their close ages they're miles apart in terms of Oscar statistics. If Timothée is nominated he'll be a first time nominee and become the 3rd youngest man ever up for Best Actor while Saoirse, if nominated, would be on nomination #3 and would just barely crack the youngest 20 contenders in her category. 

So, who are the youngest female leads ever nominated?  We're about to tell you but one thing is for sure: this list is MUCH younger than the corresponding leading man list.

DISCLAIMER: The male list was comparatively easier to order as there were significant gaps in ages. With so many women roughly the same age on this list it's possible the order is not entirely accurate (given that Oscar dates are not the same each year) but we did the best we could.

I'm just a human girl person and I ain't always perfect."

JUST MISSED THE LIST: Laura Dern was 24 when Rambling Rose came out but by the time Oscar season hit she had just turned 25. When Audrey Hepburn won on her first nomination Roman Holiday (1953) and Shirley Maclaine lost for her first nomination for Some Came Running (1958) they were both about to turn 25. Jeanne Crain was another 24 year old who just missed this list with Pinky (1949). They were the closest all rans...

But a lot of nominees or winners we think of as "young" for Oscar weren't really. Jennifer Jones famously won her Song of Bernadette Oscar on her 25th birthday so she was not within striking distance here. Other famously 'young' contenders were still too old for this type of list. Nominees like Gabby Sidibe in Precious, Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and first time winners like Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster and Hillary Swank were all in their 20s on their first win but at 25 plus hardly anomalies with Oscar. The rules are much different for women then men as we see over and over again in Oscar history. That's an extension, of course, of what's available on the screen for AMPAS voters to choose from. Dozens of actresses in any decade of cinema history are having huge careers in the twentysomething years but the Leonardo DiCaprios of the world (i.e. men who enjoy a robust leading man career as early as their twenties) are closer to once-or-twice-a-generation exceptions. Literally the most common age to win Best Actress is 29; for comparison only one man that age has ever won (Adrien Brody) and he happens to be the youngest of all time on the male side of this "Best" equation.

Without further ado...


25 Carey Mulligan (24) for An Education (2009)
Both Gabby Sidibe and Carey Mulligan were nominated for playing teenage girls that Oscar season but both were in their twenties as is casting tradition for high-school age movies. Many expected Carey Mulligan to become a regular nominee after this star-is-born arthouse hit but she has yet to snag a second nomination, despite being in several prestige dramas since then. Her latest, Mudbound, is expected to show up somewhere on nomination morning but people disagree as to where exactly and how far reaching its success (or failure) will be. 

24 Maggie McNamara (24) for The Moon is Blue (1953)
The 50s initially seemed kind to McNamara who had a couple of hits on stage (including the play this movie  is based on), and an Oscar nomination for this stage-to-film transfer (she was also nominated for a BAFTA and you can read Nick Davis's writeup of the performance here). McNamara had another big hit the following year with the Best Picture nominated American-singles-abroad movie Three Coins in the Fountain.  Unfortunately her career never moved past this initial peak. She was plagued by mental health issues including severe depression and committed suicide at 49.

23 Teresa Wright (24) for Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Oscar had a short-lived but passionate love for Wright. She had been nominated the year prior in supporting actress for The Little Foxes (1941) and made it two consecutive supporting actress bids with Mrs Miniver (1942). The year she won for Mrs Miniver she was double nominated and this was her horse in the Best Actress derby. That's an equestrian analogy for a baseball movie. Forgive me, I am hopeless when it comes to sports.

22 Joan Fontaine (24) for Suspicion (1941)
This was the second of three nominations for the 40s superstar and she took the Oscar beating her older sister Olivia de Havilland in Hold Back the Dawn. De Havilland was not pleased as she had become a star first.

21 Lynn Redgrave (turning 24) for Georgy Girl (1966)
Speaking of sisters... only this time happy siblings with no storied rivalry. Lynn Redgrave's star-making role netted her the first of two Oscar nominations shortly before she turned 24 (the second was three decades later in supporting actress for Gods and Monsters). She was able to share the excitement with her big sister Vanessa Redgrave who was nominated in the same category for Morgan! (Correct me if I'm wrong trivia hounds but I believe this is the last time siblings competed with each other in an Oscar category?) They both lost to Liz Taylor's firebreathing Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

20 Liza Minelli (turning 24) for The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)
And yet more famous Oscar families (they're all grouped together in this countdown). Minnelli was born into showbiz, the offspring of director Vincente Minnelli and The World's Greatest Entertainer Judy Garland who had married after collaborating on one of the best movies ever made, Meet Me In St Louis (1944). You can see Liza as a toddler in Judy's film In the Good Old Summertime (1949) but that was an uncredited role. Liza was an Oscar nominated star by just her second legit feature film at 23, turning 24 between the nomination and Oscar night.


19 Catalina Sandino Moreno (23) for Maria Full of Grace (2004)
This Colombian actress was the 15th woman to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a foreign language performance. Best Actress is the category most welcoming to subtitled performances. It breaks down like so.

*some of them partially in English though
Best Actress - 20 nominated performances (2 wins)
Best Actor - 11 nominated performances (1 win)
Best Supporting Actor - 5 nominated performances (3 win)
Best Supporting Actress - 4 nominated performances (1 win)

It was her first and to date only nomination. She was most recently seen as a recurring character on Showtime's The Affair

18 Carol Kane (23) for Hester Street (1975)
First and only nomination. Hester Street was only Kane's 5th or 6th performance and she's really unique and terrific - seek it out! Kane was also in one of the Best Picture nominees that year, Dog Day Afternoon. Within 5 years she was more well known as Simka in the TV sitcom Taxi

17. Natalie Wood (23) for Splendor in the Grass (1961)
The child star had graduated to teen sensation with her first nomination (Rebel Without a Cause,  1955) and was a bonafide movie queen by 23. It's a pity she didn't win this second of three nominations. She died all too young at 43 but not before comitting several indelible star turns to screen including this all time classic of adolescent angst and sexuality. 

16 Joan Fontaine (23) for Rebecca (1940)
Her sister preceded her into the movies and to the first Oscar nomination. (Olivia de Havilland had been up for supporting actress in Gone With the Wind the year before) but Joan was hot on her tail. This was the first of three nominations for Fontaine and though her film won Best Picture she lost her category to Ginger Rogers's only Oscar bid, Kitty Foyle.

14. [TIE] Winona Ryder (23) for Little Women (1994)
      Julia Roberts (23) for Pretty Woman (1990)

TRIVIA CRAZINESS: Their birthdays are just one day apart and, get this, they were exactly the same age to the day within these respective Oscar seasons when they received their nominations. What's more they were both graduating from their debut nomination in supporting to a second (consecutive) nomination with promotions to leading lady. And they were competing for roles in the early 1990s, too, since Winona stated in an interview that she'd rather lose roles to Julia Roberts than other less talented actresses. Isn't that wild?

13 Leslie Caron (22) for Lili (1953)
This Parisian actress had become instantly famous with her debut in the Best Picture winning An American in Paris (1951). Two years later she received the first of two nominations, the second was for The L Shaped Room (1962). Curiously though she led two Best Picture winning musicals (An American in Paris and Gigi), she wasn't nominated for either. Caron is still with us AND still acting, recently playing Countess Mavrodaki in the British TV series The Durrells in Corfu.

12 Janet Gaynor (22) in Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928)
The very first winner of Best Actress held the record for the youngest lead actress winner for almost 60 years before Marlee Matlin took over. Though Oscar quickly changed the rules to fit its honors into exact calendar years and to not allow multiple film nominations like this, this was not her only Oscar experience. The fresh silent star transferred easily to sound pictures and was nominated again a decade later for A Star is Born (1937), a non musical version of the oft-filmed story.

11 Jennifer Lawrence (22) in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
The ubiquitous superstar won her first Oscar on the second of her four nominations. We maintain she was and remains miscast in that role as the character obviously should have been played by a thirtysomething actress.



10 Kate Winslet (22) for Titanic (1997)
Titanic was an absolute behemoth at both the Oscars and at movie theaters. This  was the second of seven nominations for this English Rose but one of only three nominations that that ocean bound megablockbuster lost on Oscar night. 

09 Elizabeth Hartmann (22) for A Patch of Blue (1965)
First and only nomination. She played a blind girl in love with Sidney Poitier in this interracial drama. Her screen mother Shelley Winters took the Best Supporting Actress statue. In some markets (aka the South) the interracial kiss was edited out in the movie's theatrical run. Tragically, like Maggie McNamara earlier in this list, her career slowed down quickly and she also committed suicide in her forties.

08 Saoirse Ronan (21) for Brooklyn (2015)
Despite receiving her second of two nominations by just 21 years of age she wasn't the quickest to achieve that feat. That record has been held for aeons by Angela Lansbury who received two nominations by the time she was 20 (Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray). Ronan won't be able to break the record for fastest to three nominations either (held by Jennifer Lawrence), but maybe fastest to four if she keeps up both her current pace and incredible quality.

07 Marlee Matlin (21) for Children of a Lesser God (1986)
First and only nomination. She's held the record of the youngest lead actress winner ever since, though as a lifelong Kathleen Turner fanatic this one stings a bit since that was, bizarrely, the great 80s star's only nomination and shot at a win. But cheers to Matlin for forging quite an impressively enduring career given the obstacles facing her as a deaf actress. After this debut/breakout she went on to multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for television work.

06 Ellen Page (20) for Juno (2007)
First and only nomination. It would be so satisfying to see her return to the Oscar fold as an out gay actress, wouldn't it? Someone give her a great part again. Contrary to popular belief, no out lesbian has ever been nominated for an Oscar for acting. All of the famous lesbian nominees or winners throughout history were not publicly out at the time of their nominations (though sometimes they were "open secrets" as it were: Lily Tomlin, Eva LaGalliene, or Jodie Foster). Statistics aren't much better on the male side. Sir Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters, 1998 and The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) and Sir Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George, 1994) remain the only male actors ever nominated who were out before their nominations; both were comfortably enough with their sexuality to bring male dates to the Oscars.

05 Keira Knightley (20) for Pride & Prejudice (2005)
First of two nominations and the only woman ever Oscar-nominated for playing Elizabeth Bennett or a derivation thereof -- not even Oscar queen Greer Garson managed it in the 1940s! Here's hoping for a third nomination somewhere down the line for Keira as her first two were so deserved and she's continued to push herself as an actor and now she has to deal with that young semi-look-and-sound-alike Daisy Ridley hogging the media's attention. Oh the humanity.

04 Isabelle Adjani (20) for The Story of Adele H (1975)
First of two nominations for this genius French actress. Absolutely should've won the Oscar for this tale of love and madness (sorry Louise Fletcher but no). If she only had she would still be the youngest ever. She had to make due with Best Actress prizes from NBR, NSFC, and the NYFCC that year. She even lost the César over in France (to Romy Schneider in That Most Important Thing: Love). Oscar waited until Marion Cotillard in Ma Vie En Rose (2007) to give an Oscar to a French woman for a French language performance. 

03 Jennifer Lawrence (20) for Winter's Bone (2010)
First of four nominations. Her performance as a tough Appalachian teenager with two unfit absent parents is still one of her best... but who knew whilst watching this that she'd become that big of a star and Oscar favorite immediately thereafter? 

02 Keisha Castle Hughes (13) for Whale Rider (2003)
Hilariously campaigned as supporting (despite being the film's entire focus) Oscar voters wised up and rejected the category fraud. Sadly the enthusiasm around her came in a year when a lot of great performances were shunned because they didn't fit the usual Oscar template for Best Actress, including the incredible Evan Rachel Wood who would have held this same position in the Youngest Best Actress list for thirteen had she been nominated instead. 


01 Quvenzhane Wallis (9) for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
First and only nomination to date. She's also, of course, the youngest of the 11 black women nominated for this honor through Oscar's history.  We haven't seen her on screens much since this wondrous debut (beyond that cameo in the following year's Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave and that subsequent shot at 'not-a-one-hit-wonder' stardom with Annie in 2014) but she is only 14 so there's plenty of time for her to get back to acting after high school. We hope she has another "Hushpuppy" level performance in her. That's if she continues acting that is; You never know with child stars whether they a) really want to and b) whether the opportunities will be there if they do). Despite holding this amazing record as youngest Best Actress nominee of all time she is not the youngest nominee of all time. That honor belongs to Justin Henry from Kramer vs Kramer who was 8 years old when he became the all time youngest nominee in any category, acting and beyond). Justin Henry is now 46 in case you remember him as a little boy in Kramer vs Kramer and want to feel very very old. 

How many of these performances have you seen and which do you think should have won their Oscar race?

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As much as I liked Lady Bird, I think it is being wildly overpraised. It's a teenage coming of age film. There have been millions of movies like it made before. I don't even think it will look good in five years, certainly not "best film" or "best actress." IMHO

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJono

Isabelle Adjani absolutely should have won for Adele H. The word "genius" is overused when it comes to actors, but she is completely deserving of it--she's electrifying onscreen.

If only Louise Fletcher had gone supporting...

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

Totally agreed that Jlaw was miscast in SLP. She overacted so much, gave a superficial portrayal of a character with mental health problems, and her winning over Emmanuelle (RIP) for a truly transformative performance still chaffs my ass, to this day.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Adjani absolutely should have won, especially considering that Nurse Ratched is a supporting role.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJosh R

Just a nitpick: Caron's second nomination was for L-Shaped Room. She wasn't nominated for Gigi. But a great article, as usual.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

I really wish Carey Mulligan had won for An Education.

*sigh* They just HAAADDD to give Sandra Bullock an Oscar. I like Sandy, but..seriously?

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St.Clair

I haven't seen anything Ronan was in except last week's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and I absolutely fell in love with her. I'll have to check out Ladybird soon!

What was the third nomination Titanic missed besides Actress and Supporting Actress? Was it Make-Up? I don't want to look it up.

I remember seeing Juno in the movie theater and spilling nachos all over my white shoes. I still cry at the end.

Interestingly enough, last night I had a very unproductive day and all the good shows are on Hulu, and I watched the episode of Seinfeld with Marlee Martin! It's when Jerry is dating her and George wants to find out if she's willing to read lips for him at a party, but he wants to ask Jerry without her finding out about it, so they hilariously try to find ways to covertly cover their lips while they discuss it. After all this, she says without missing a beat, "I'll do it." HILARIOUS, I say.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

This is a good yesr to break some records, isn't it Nat?

On the other hand, I want to raise a hand for performances who should have been in the awards circuit and aren't. Like Cynthia "Emily Dickinson" Nixon in the criminally underrated A Quiet Passion. Daniela vega's A Fantastic Woman, Ronney Mara's A Ghost Story.
They will go the way of Bakinsale last year. Even critics snubbed them. I'm the only one who thinks Keener is positively frightening in Get Out; and Betty Gabriel negatively creepy.? A could go on...
Nahuel Perez Bizcayart would have added another youngster to the roster.

All of them merits more. Oscar will go the way of the usual suspects (Streep, McDormand) missing the point there are more quality pictures voters should be seeing but like children without a flaslight, critic's groupthink won't spread the options for them. Therefore, they will evaluate what's established in the short list of contenders.that has been circulating in the early spring.

Every once in a while, they will surprise with a Bichir. But the cards are on the table, Even Tiffany Haddish. But the cards are few and follow a narrative. As long as I love McDormand, she would be 8 or nine in my ballot. i didn't see la Streep nor Dame Jusi Dench. That's why, given what we have as of now, Ronan should be a breeze fresh of air. Unlike J-Law who's overstated her welcome a bit.

It's not about young or old, really. It's about finding other option evn worthier than the ones we already know. And oh, Hawkins is terrific. Even though not as stellar as her turn as Poppy in HGL. Which, I need no clarify, was one of the snubs of the century, along with Watts in Mulholland Dr. But those you cannot blame on critics or pundits.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchofer

Don't you dare talk smack about the divine Louise Fletcher!

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

Wallis was such a force in Beasts of the Southern Wild, it was breathtaking to watch. Hope more great roles come her way if she chooses to keep acting.

Saoirse Ronan is never not brilliant, but her warm and conflicted Brooklyn performance might be my personal favorite. There aren't many 23-year-old actors who have four to five excellent performances that could be debated as her best!

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Sorry, but cute l'il Quvenzhane had no business being nominated for her non-performance over the magnificent work of Rachel Weisz in Deep Blue Sea and Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterken s

"Sir Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters, 1998 and The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) and Sir Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George, 1994) remain the only male actors ever nominated who were out before their nominations"// Are you only referring to LEAD category, Nathaniel? Because I do believe Jaye Davidson was out before his nomination as well.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIrvin

Indeed, De Havilland and Fontaine in 1942 and the Redgraves in 1967 are the only two instances, at least in Best Actress, where siblings competed with each other.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

It is a shame that Ronan did not win for Brooklyn. Lady Bird is a glorified after school special and I would be shocked if she won for such a minor film.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDredd

Agreed: Louise Fletcher is supporting in Cuckoo's Nest and she didn't impress me that much ( nor did Nicholson) those Oscars belong to Adjani ( superb) and Al Pacino for Dog Day Afternoon. Jennifer Lawrence should've won as supporting for American Hustle ( she's delightful ) her win for SLPB is criminal ( especially if you take into consideration that Naomi Watts was there for The Impossible); Wallis really surprised me in a spot that I was expecting (and hoping) to see Weisz (she's never been more vibrant than in The Deep Blue Sea) or Cotillard, terrific in Rust and Bone ( who was also snubbed for The Immigrant);

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEder Arcas

Irvin -- hm. perhaps you're right about that. But i wish i could have direct proof. (i dont remember what the press was like at the time for him) because so many times when people claim gay actors were nominated I have to pull out my encylopedic knowledge of when stars came out and it's almost always years after the Oscar (like, say, Linda Hunt and Lily Tomlin though people like to bring up both in these discussions)

December 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I've seen all the performances and I strongly believe Saoirse Ronan should have won the Oscar.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

- Linda Hunt was out when she won the Oscar, I believe.
- I adore Adjani, but an icon is an icon. And Nurse Ratched is NOT a supporting role. Her antagonism with Jack is what drives the movie, just like Jodie-Hopkins.
- Poor Adjani: she faced an icon in Hollywoid and another one back in France. Schneider in That Most Important Thing: Love gave one of the top 10 best performances I've ever seen.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Jon Gieguld was out, but he was outed, in fact, when the police arrested him cruising in a public bathroom in the 50's.

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Thanks for this very interesting and informative article.

Where does Anna Paquin come in tn this selection??

December 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergrrr

Ken S : so true.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

Ken S : so true.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

grrr -- this is just Best Actress. Anna Paquin is the second youngest winner ever among women but both of the child winners are in Supporting Actress (she and Tatum O'Neal for Paper Moon)

Cal -- Linda Hunt was not out yet. She came out in the 90s. Her ceremony was actually the first I ever watched. As for Gielgud. He was outed, it's true, but he would not publicly speak of it and the press dropped it. (things were so much different before the 90s) He wasn't out like in the way we think of people being out. According to his biographer he admired Ian McKellen and others who did it "but I can't be doing with that myself"

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

grrr -- this is just Best Actress. Anna Paquin is the second youngest winner ever among women but both of the child winners are in Supporting Actress (she and Tatum O'Neal for Paper Moon)

Cal -- Linda Hunt was not out yet. She came out in the 90s. Her ceremony was actually the first I ever watched. As for Gielgud. He was outed, it's true, but he would not publicly speak of it and the press dropped it. (things were so much different before the 90s) He wasn't out like in the way we think of people being out. According to his biographer he admired Ian McKellen and others who did it "but I can't be doing with that myself"

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

So has the Lady Bird backlash already begun?

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBiggs

Yep, "Titanic" lost Makeup to "Men in Black".

I've seen 11 out of the 25, and concur that Soirise in "Brooklyn" was the most deserving of this list.

Marlee Matlin's performance is one of the best examples of the power of using vulgar language in film.

I just don't get Joan Fontaine. She was dull, dull, dull in all of her nominated work. Teresa Wright, OTOH, was fun, fun, fun.

More lists! More lists! More lists!!!

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

It's so strange to think people were in the closet for their whole lives. Wow.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth


December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Ellen Page in Juno and Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone are my fav on the list. I wish Jennifer's subsequent performances were this good.

I need to see The Story of Adele H!

Also, will never get over the Evan Rachel Wood/Thirteen snub... she was explosive.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Dear Marlee,

Please watch Kathleen Turner in the basement scene of Peggy Sue Got Married and proceed to return you Oscar.



December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVoice of Reason

"only woman ever Oscar-nominated for playing Elizabeth Bennett or a derivation thereof"

renée zellweger ("bridget jones's diary") says - sort of - hi.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

What a curious bit of history that the two youngest best actress nominees are women of color.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

As to Jaye Davidson, this article was published 2 or 3 days after the Oscars and he says that he is gay.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

Ronan losting to Larson still stings me and her loss for Atonement but Swinton is gr8 too is it too early to say "New Kate Winslet"

Lawrence was miscast in SLP but overcame it in spades like she did in Joy but totally out of her depth in AH but so charasmatic and in the resturant talking about "fearing change" spectacular.

Adjani over Flecther in 75 I agree but Flecther's a Lead to me also.

Wallis out for Wiesz and Chastain out for Cotillard in 2012.

I too would like to see Page back though I hate Juno.

I read about Elizabeth Hartman after seeing the original Beguiled she just couldn't get over her demons,v sad.

I wouldn't have ever given Turner a nomination for anything.

I would like to see more actors/actresses who are out be more visible at the Oscar table,not for myself but it really helps when your younger to see some form of representation.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Pedro -- but that's just the thing. That interview is a perfect example of how academy doesn't go for "out" performers. Nobody knew who Jaye Davidson was. People thought he was a woman. He had it in his contract not to do interviews and so he was a complete and utter mystery to people (which definitely helpd the movie). And this article, one of only two interviews, came out after the Oscars.

I maintain my belief that the Academy has a problem with out gay actors.

Troy -- right? i thought that too doing this.

Cal -- differrent times. Speaking of I suggest following Pedro's link. Some of the things said in that interview are so funny now for how "period" they are like "leaving messages on answering machines" as a source of anxiety and people keeping a "spoiler" secret in media FOR MONTHS and friends not knowing where you are (no texting/cels etcetera) But sadly the stuff he says about race and sexuality is still 1000% relevant because people have not stopped being ignorant about the fact that we're all just people and whatever the sexuality and ethnicity, we're capable of any type of emotion, behavior quirk, attraction, or being of any type of moral character, good or bad. Weirdly people have these increasingly monolithic notions that race and orientation utterly define you and make you like everyone else of that race or orientation and it's all just so sad and regressive and divisive. Whoops sorry for my soapbox. I was just stunned reading that interview in 2017 to see how much has changed since 1992/1993

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Boy...the Lady Bird backlash is REAL.

I don't buy it. I've seen it twice and I loved it twice.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I don't get the Lady Bird backlash at all, hold the phone, a movie that is well made is in a genre (coming of age teenager) that has already existed. Just like EVERY MOVIE MADE IN 2017!

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRami

The academy is NOT against out actors. That’s ridiculous.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

Lady Bird? Lady Turd!

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Chastain

Cosign all the love for Louise Fletcher. One of the best Best Actress wins ever. Nobody in the movies ever has made stillness so immediately chilling. And cal is correct--this is not a supporting role. The movie depends entirely on her battle with Nicholson. And the fact that she holds her own with him in every single scene when he's completely ON every single second and she's just there. That's a lot.

She should have had a better career. AMPAS should have nominated her in supporting for Brainstorm. Damn, she's great in that.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I think you should measure age from the end of the qualifying year. After all the performance was already given and delivered by the end of the year by the time of the Oscars.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff D.

But Jeff--the thread is titled youngest Best Actress winners. They haven't won until the awards are presented.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Oops, sorry, Jeff, you're right and I was wrong. It's nominees, not winners.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Huh -- then why aren't they ever nominated? And why have only straight actors won for gay roles when gay actors have been brilliant in gay roles (Rupert Everett and Ian McKellen come immediately to mind for the latter)

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I like Mulligan, Ronan, both Lawrences (yes, even SLP, even if she was miscast), Page and Wallis. I haven't seen some of the older performances and one Fontaine perf was stiff (Suspicion) and one was merely fine (Rebecca).

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Nathaniel, that Rolling Stone interview with Jaye Davidson could be a retrospective post all its own. I had no idea he was such a captivating creature.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

I'd've voted for Mulligan, Caron, Gaynor and Castle-Hughes in their respective years.

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterken s

Thank you, forever!!

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

julia roberts and winona ryder did seem to have parallel careers in the nineties. i remember the great movieline article analyzing the casting of many actresses and they were mentioned as the two most sought after actresses. trivia: julia was attached to shakespeare in love when it was with daniel day lewis. winona was an option for steel magnolias and conspiracy theory before julia got those roles. also before ryder dropped from the godfather 3 role, julia was the first choice replacement but she dropped out to do flatliners.

winona's exact quote about julia from rolling stone
I'm sure people assume I hate Julia Roberts, because she's really hot and gets to do whatever she wants workwise. I like Julia. I know her a little bit, and I think she's a really cool person. So why couldn't I be friends with someone like that? I'm nineteen. I like to know other people around my age. I think she's talented, and I'd rather be losing parts to her than to some idiot.

December 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterblair23

LMAO and all the Lady Bird backlash is starting and this is why we cannot have nice things.

December 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

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