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)

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