The 15 youngest Oscar winners and nominees of all time
Will Martin Scorsese’s”The Irishman” put out a hit on the Oscars 2020 competition? Can Quentin Tarantino’s bloody”Once Upon a Time . . . Will Bong Joon Ho’s dark social-class humor”Parasite” make history as the first Asian-language Best Picture winner?
Until then, let’s take a look back at the youngest talents to be considered for Tinseltown’s most prestigious awards competition.
From little Jackie Cooper in 1931’s adorable”Skippy” into Quvenzhané Wallis in 2013’s haunting”Beasts of the Southern Wild,” here is a rundown of the most youthful actors to score gold — or close to it.
At a decade old, O’Neal became the youngest winner in a competitive class for her whiskey-voiced turn as Addie Pray, a pint-sized con artist selling Bibles to unsuspecting widows during the Great Depression in”Paper Moon.” (Shirley Temple won an “honorary” Oscar at age 6 in 1935.)
O’Neal stole the film in her screen debut opposite her daddy, Ryan O’Neal, a Best Actor nominee himself for 1970’s”Love Story.” She told the Times of London her Oscar win alienated her from her father, who had been”too busy” making Stanley Kubrick’s”Barry Lyndon” to attend the ceremony with his little girl.
“People say that he was jealous and maybe that was it,” she told the united kingdom outlet. “Obviously, I wish he’d been there. He is just really selfish.”
Trivia note: Jodie Foster, herself a two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, re-created Addie’s use in a short-lived TV series spinoff in 1974.
After co-starring in the classic 1976 comedy”The Bad News Bears,” O’Neal struggled to find decent work and made headlines for her stormy marriage (1986-94) to tennis great John McEnroe, which produced three children.
“Once you win an Oscar, especially that young, you’d better kick out a pretty damn good performance each time you work,” she told the Times of London. “Switching from a cute little tot as a celebrity to an adult woman is a very difficult transition to make.”
Despite high-profile struggles with substance abuse, the actress bounced back into co-star on”Rescue Me” (2004-2011) with Denis Leary, also authored two bestselling books in 2004 and 2011, respectively.
Recently, O’Neal, 56, has been documenting her battle with rheumatoid arthritis in a series of emotional Instagram posts.
Patty Duke was 16 when she re-created her revelatory stage role as Helen Keller in the 1963 film adaptation of”The Miracle Worker.” Frank Sinatra introduced her category at the 35th Academy Awards, and”West Side Story” star George Chakiris presented the statuette.
Adrien Brody made history as the youngest Best Actor winner at the 75th Academy Awards — but a fervent impromptu kiss with presenter Halle Berry almost overshadowed the then 29-year-old’s haunting work in”The Pianist.”
Up to now, Brody, now 46, is the only actor under 30 to take the top decoration.
He told reporters at the time that his Polish-born grandmother’s legacy and rare dialect informed his performance in the Holocaust drama. Other inspirations: his father, who lost family and his mother, who fled Communist Hungary as a child against the Soviet Union during the 1956 uprising.
That kiss lingers. “That was not planned — I knew nothing about it,” Berry told Andy Cohen in a 2017 interview. “I was like,’What the f–k is occurring right now?’ This was what was going through my mind.”
USA Today later declared the moment”cringeworthy to watch in light of the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Hollywood.”
Marlee Matlin: Best Actress 1987
Marlee Matlin barely uttered a word but her poignant performance as a troubled, young deaf woman spoke volumes.
Although she lost most of her hearing when she was 18 months old, Matlin went on to play in theater throughout the Midwest. She gained acclaim for her performance in a Chicago production of the Tony-winning play”Children of a Lesser God,” bringing the attention of agents casting the film adaptation.
At 21, she became the youngest — and deaf Actress winner in Oscar history, accepting the award in 1987 from her man William Hurt.
She went on to earn Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in television. Her 2009 memoir,”I’ll Scream Afterwards,” detailed how she overcame substance abuse and a tumultuous two-year connection with Hurt.
“I’ve always resisted placing limits on myself, both professionally and personally,” Matlin, now 54, once said. “The one thing I can not do is hear. I am proud to be a deaf person.”
Following standout performances in TV movies contrary to the likes of Carol Burnett and Valerie Bertinelli, Timothy Hutton earned the coveted role of Conrad Jarrett in Robert Redford’s directorial debut,”Ordinary People.”
The 20-year-old’s performance as a tortured teenager, struggling with guilt over the accidental drowning death of his older brother, forced Hutton the youngest actor to win Best Supporting Actor.
Jack Lemmon and his”Ordinary People” movie mom, Mary Tyler Moore, presented Hutton with the statuette for Best Supporting Actor at the 53rd Academy Awards.
The actor dedicated his award to his dad, actor Jim Hutton, who died of liver cancer two years earlier at 45 years old.
“This is the first award and I am very nervous about what to say here,” Hutton said from the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. “Most importantly, I would really like to thank a wonderful director, Robert Redford. And finally, I want to thank my father.
Hutton went on to a career in film and television. He currently stars in the Fox series”Almost Family” as fertility doctor Leon Bechley, who used his own sperm to conceive at least 100 children throughout his career.
And the youngest nominees:
Haley Joel Osment: Best Supporting Actor nominee 2000
Haley Joel Osment first stole scenes as the son of”Forrest Gump” in 1994, but he attained star status five years later in M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural hit,”The Sixth Sense,” opposite Bruce Willis and fellow Oscar nominee Toni Collette.
Osment, then age 11, lost the 2000 Oscar to veteran Brit actor Michael Caine in”The Cider House Rules,” but his classic line –“I see dead people” — follows him to this day.
“It shocks me, such as the cultural life of the line,” he told Page Six in 2019. “I was at a Dodgers game a couple of years ago, and they do little games on video in between innings with the players and Yasiel Puig came up on the screen and said it.”
Osment got back to work after pleading no contest to driving after a 2006 car crash.
Jackie Cooper: Best Actress nominee 1931
At age 9 years early Hollywood child star Jackie Cooper, and 20 days is the nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Famous for his tearjerking performance in”The Champ,” Cooper really won his 1931 Oscar nod for the little-known”Skippy.”
Although only 8 when shooting the film, Cooper, who had been appearing in the”Our Gang” series at the time, is remarkably natural as the mischievous title character, The Post reported when the film was rediscovered on Netflix in 2010.
The actor, who died at 89 in 2011, afterwards became known to a new generation of film fans via 1978’s”Superman,” in which he had been cast as Daily Planet editor Perry White opposite Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.
Quvenzhané Wallis was just 5 when she auditioned for her first acting gig — even though the minimum age to be considered was 6 years old.
She eventually beat out 4,000 other hopefuls for the part of Hushpuppy in”Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012), the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. And she was 9 when she received her Oscar nom.
Wallis, who went on to star in an”Annie” reboot opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, is the first African-American child actor — as well as the first person born in the 21st century — to garner an Academy Award nomination.
Wallis, 16, has since switched gears to become an author, writing a continuing series of children’s books.
“Reading is one of my favourite things to do,” she said during a 2017 look at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a trade association representing over 300 bookstores in the South.
“It’s something I’d want everyone to perform, especially teenagers my age,” Wallis said. “I don’t think we read as much as we need to.”
Justin Henry: Best Supporting Actor nominee 1980
Justin Henry nabbed a starring role in the 1979 divorce drama”Kramer vs. Kramer” at the age of 7, with no prior acting experience.
He was 8 when he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role opposite Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, becoming one of the actors nominated.
Henry, who stays the youngest-ever Oscar nominee in any category, once told the Associated Press that it is a purer form of acting at a younger age.
“That’s the great thing about acting: In some ways, it is a child’s game,” said Henry, who proceeded to play Molly Ringwald’s wisecracking younger brother in the John Hughes classic”Sixteen Candles” and today specializes in web video distribution. “You’re just pretending, so sometimes it’s easy once you’re a child.
For a while, 10-year-old Mary Badham was the youngest nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jean Louise”Scout” Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel,”To Kill a Mockingbird.” (Then 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal came along, won the Oscar and hauled her off the record books in 1974.)
Long retired from showbiz, Badham has spoken to school groups through the years about the impact of”Mockingbird,” a Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction.
In 2015, the Birmingham, Alabama, native insisted that”Mockingbird” should continue to be educated in American colleges, given the racist crimes that are still being perpetrated in the South.
“You have to put your mindset in that interval in what we lived through in the South,” said Badham, now 67, to a crowd at the 92nd Street Y in 2015. She said that her hometown and California, where she filmed”Mockingbird,” might as well have been”two different countries.”
Keisha Castle-Hughes: Best Actress nominee 2004
In 2004, Keisha Castle-Hughes, then 13 years old, became the youngest actress ever — and the first millennial — to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Paikea in the film”Whale Rider.”
“I keep having to pinch myself to make sure I am actually awake,” the Australia native told the Evening Standard upon learning of her nomination. “The Oscars are so large — they’re huge… I am completely humbled and ecstatic. No words are sufficient to describe… it’s like, wow. It’s absolutely incredible.”
The young actress raised eyebrows when she was cast as the Virgin Mary in 2006’s”The Nativity Story” — and got pregnant at 16 the same year. Six years later, she had been caught up in another scandal when Michael Graves, her then-boyfriend, was charged with attacking her as they drove home.
Now, Castle-Hughes, 29, is an outspoken activist for Greenpeace who appeared in”Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and played the recurring role of Obara Sand in HBO’s”Game of Thrones.”
Linda Blair turned heads as a possessed tween in 1973’s”The Exorcist,” and earned an Oscar nod, while just 15, despite the fact much of her demon dialogue was dubbed by uncredited character actress Mercedes McCambridge.
Today, the star of what’s still considered the scariest movie is 61 and much more than acting, focused.
Following a series of shocking TV movies in the’70s (“Born Innocent,””Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic”), she launched the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals, also wrote the 2001 book”Going Vegan!”
Now and then, however, she performs: You may have caught her in an episode of”Supernatural,” or in the 2016 absinthe docudrama”The Green Fairy.” She is slated to star in an upcoming thriller,”Landfill,” as a detective who — wait for it — delves into the paranormal.
Her role as 8-year-old sociopathic killer, Rhoda Penmark, in 1956’s”The Bad Seed” garnered then 12-year-old McCormack her Oscar moment. However, unlike many child stars of the creepy movies that followed, the role did not kill her livelihood as a working actor: She has made over 30 movies since, including 2008’s”Frost/Nixon,” in which she played first lady Pat.
Now 74, McCormack says it was more easy for her to avoid typecasting — and her fans’ expectations — in the days before the internet.
“With all of that, it has come to life again, in my later years,” she informed Collider in 2018. “Now, people don’t think I am a has-been because I did something once I was a kid. They go,’Oh my God, it is incredible that you have been working for so many years.'”
Hailee Steinfeld: Best Supporting Actress nominee 2011
Her”True Grit” performance nabbed her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination in 2011 when she was just 14, but more recently, Hailee Steinfeld was winning in the music world with singles such as”Starving” (with Grey and Zedd) and”Let Me Go” (with Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt).
The”Pitch Perfect 3″ star dished to The Post in 2018 about playing the historic venue Radio City Music Hall, turning 21 and close-last-name encounters with Jerry Seinfeld.
After the Post’s Chuck Arnold requested the star of Apple TV+’s”Dickinson” if she’d rather nab an Oscar or a Grammy, the double-threat quipped:”I think the ultimate would be an Oscar for Best [First ] Song.”
— Additional reporting by Robert Rorke, Johnny Oleksinski and Chuck Arnold.
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