Month: September 2012

The 11 youngest Best Actress nominees.

The youngest Best Actress nominees

1/ Quvenzhane Wallis, 9 years, 135 days.  Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

2/ Keisha Castle-Hughes,    13 years, 309 days. Whale Rider (2003)

3/ Jennifer Lawrence,  20 years, 163 days.  Winter’s Bone (2010)

4/ Isabelle Adjani, 20 years, 235 days.  The Story of Adele H. (1975)

5/ Keira Knightley,  20 years, 311 days. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

6/ Ellen Page, 20 years, 335 days.  Juno (2007)

7/ Marlee Matlin, 21 years, 171 days.  Children of a Lesser God (1986) WINNER

8/ Elizabeth Hartman, 22 years, 60 days.  A Patch of Blue (1965)

9/ Kate Winslet, 22 years, 128 days.  Titanic (1997)

10/ Janet Gaynor, 22 years, 134 days. 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise (1927/28) WINNER

11/ Jennifer Lawrence , 22 years , 147 days.  Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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12/ Leslie Caron, 22 years, 229 days.  Lili (1953)

(the age is calculated based on age at nomination announcement.  Information sources from Oscars and Wikipedia.)

The 10 youngest Best Actor Oscar nominees.

The youngest Best Actor nominees

1/  Jackie Cooper,  9 years, 20 days.   Skippy (1930/31)

2/ Mickey Rooney,  19 years, 142 days.  Babes in Arms (1939)

3/ Mickey Rooney, 23 years, 137 days.   The Human Comedy (1943)

4/ John Travolta, 24 years, 3 days.  Saturday Night Fever (1977)

5/ James Dean, 25 years, 10 days.   East of Eden (1955)

6/ James Dean, 26 years, 10 days.  , Giant (1956)

7/ Ryan Gosling, 26 years, 72 days.   Half Nelson (2006)

8/ Orson Welles, 26 years, 279 days.   Citizen Kane (1941)

9/ Heath Ledger, 26 years, 302 days.  Brokeback Mountain (2005)

10/ Jesse Eisenberg, 27 years, 112 days.   The Social Network  (2010)

NB: None of the above nominees won the award.  Infact, no one under the age of 29 has won the Best Actor Oscar.

(statistics from Oscars, Wikipedia) (Updated as of September 2012)

Multiple Best Actor nominees for the same film.

Multiple Best Actor nominees for the same film.

Amadeus – 1984

  • F Murray Abraham (won)
  • Tom Hulce


The Dresser – 1983

  • Tom Courtenay
  • Albert Finney


Network – 1976

  • Peter Finch (won)
  • William Holden


Sleuth – 1972

  • Michael Caine
  • Laurence Olivier


Midnight Cowboy – 1969

  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Jon Voight


Becket – 1964

  • Richard Burton
  • Peter O’Toole


Judgment at Nuremberg – 1961

  • Maximilian Schell (won)
  • Spencer Tracy


The Defiant Ones – 1958

  • Tony Curtis
  • Sidney Poitier


Giant – 1956

  • James Dean
  • Rock Hudson


From Here to Eternity – 1953

  • Montgomery Clift
  • Burt Lancaster


Going My Way – 1944

  • Bing Crosby (won)
  • Barry Fitzgerald


Mutiny on the Bounty – 1944

  • Clark Gable
  • Charles Laughton
  • Franchot Tone

Mark Colvin’s 5 favourite films.

As part of the Dial M for Movies radio show, we invite a special guest each week to attempt to list their 5 favourite films, in a segment we like to call ‘These are a few of my favourite things’. 

(from 3 September 2012, running time 18 mins.)



In this episode we were joined by Mark Colvin – the presenter of ABC’s current affairs program PM and twitter maestro

And as you will hear, it is almost impossible to condense one’s love of cinema into just 5 films.

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