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Oscar’s Iconic First-Timers vs. The Most Patient Stars – Hollywood Stars & Their 1st Statue

by Scott Kacsmar
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Winning an Oscar for acting is a huge deal for any actor seeking the highest validation and praise in their career. But the truth is, like with most subjective votes, it can turn into a popularity contest. Voter fatigue is real; some years, it may be someone else’s “turn to win” rather than choosing the best performance in the field, as it has happened before with the Best Picture award.

Even the great Meryl Streep has only turned 21 Oscar nominations into 3 wins in her long career. But at least she is a multi-time winner. Some actors can go decades without ever taking home that statue, not even for a Supporting Actor award, which is not as prestigious as the awards for lead characters.

Poor Peter O’Toole and Glenn Close both had 8 acting nominations with 0 Oscar wins in their careers, which is a record.

What Will Happen in 2024?

Are we going to see any records this year? The 96th Oscars, to be held on March 10, 2024, look to set some history in the acting award categories and with the help of this information you might be able to make a profit at the top entertainment betting sites.

Robert De Niro is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Killers of the Flower Moon. His 1st Oscar nomination was for 1974’s The Godfather Part II, which he won Best Supporting Actor for. The 49 years between De Niro’s first and last Oscar nominations is the longest gap in history for an actor, breaking the record held by Katharine Hepburn (48 years). But Hepburn is still the only 4-time Best Lead Acting Oscar winner (male or female).

Lily Gladstone is the favorite to win Best Actress as she is nominated for Killers of the Flower Moon. She would be the first Native American actress to win an Oscar in this category. Not bad for someone who is 37 years old and made her film debut in 2012.

Speaking of 37-year-old actresses, that’s how old Da’Vine Joy Randolph is, the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress in The Holdovers. But 37 would hardly be a record for the youngest age to win an Oscar in an actor’s 1st career nomination.

Finally, Robert Downey Jr. is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor for Oppenheimer. The 58-year-old actor figures the 3rd time is the charm for his Oscar nominations to lead to a win after he was previously nominated for Chaplin (1992) and Tropic Thunder (2008). Maybe Christopher Nolan also wins his first statue for Best Director.

Who are the iconic actors who didn’t have to wait long to win an Oscar, and who was the most patient before bringing home the gold? We look at the records for both Lead and Supporting and for both Actors and Actresses.

Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins, at 83, is the oldest person to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Father (2020). But film fans know that was not his 1st Oscar as he won Best Actor for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) despite appearing only briefly as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, his most famous role.

The record holder Hopkins beat out was Henry Fonda, who finally won Best Actor for his final film role On Golden Pond (1981). He was 76 years old and died 5 months after the ceremony for which he was too ill to attend.

The youngest Oscar winner for Best Actor is still Adrien Brody at 29 years old for The Pianist (2002), his career-best role and still his only Oscar nomination to this day. He remains the only Best Actor winner under the age of 30. His career started in 1989, so he had to wait just over a decade for his win.

To date, no actor has ever won the Oscar for Best Actor in their film debut.

As for the longest wait by nomination, Al Pacino needed 8 acting nominations (5 lead, 3 supporting) before finally breaking through and winning Best Actor for his role in Scent of a Woman (1992). That is tied with Geraldine Page for the most acting nominations before an Oscar win.

Best Actress

Jessica Tandy is the oldest 1st-time winner of a Best Lead Actor award in Oscar history when she won Best Actress at 80 years old for Driving Miss Daisy (1989). She had a long acting career dating back to 1927, but it was her most iconic role that led to her only Oscar win. The only other actress to win a Best Actress Oscar after the age of 65 was the great Katharine Hepburn, who was 74 for On Golden Pond (1981), giving her the record for most Leading Actor Oscars with 4. Daniel Day-Lewis is the only male actor to win 3 Best Actor Oscars.

The youngest Best Actress winner is still Marlee Matlin, who was 21 when she won for Children of a Lesser God (1986). She set many records that night as the 1st deaf performer to win an Academy Award, the youngest Leading Actor winner in history and she is just the 4th actress (and the most recent) to win this award in her film debut, playing a role she was born for as a deaf woman.

The other actresses to win Best Actress for their film debut include Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964) and Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968).

Like Al Pacino, Geraldine Page had to wait until her 8th acting nomination (4 lead, 4 supporting) before she finally won her first Oscar for Best Actress in The Trip to Bountiful (1985).

Best Supporting Actor

The great Christopher Plummer has a few Oscar records to his name. While he was never nominated for Best Actor, his win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners (2011) made him the oldest winner ever in this category. A few years later, Plummer’s Best Supporting Actor nomination for All the Money in the World (2017) at 88 years old made him the oldest Oscar nominee for any of the 4 acting awards, a record he still holds today.

As for the youngest winner, Timothy Hutton has held that record for 42 years as he was just 20 years old for Ordinary People in 1980. With only a few made-for-TV movie credits to his name, Hutton’s feature debut was Ordinary People.

The only other actors to win Best Supporting Actor for their film debut were Harold Russell for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields (1984).

Best Supporting Actress

The oldest Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress is still Peggy Ashcroft despite many challengers over the years. Ashcroft was 77 when she won for A Passage to India (1984). Since then, there have been 6 older actresses to challenge her with a nomination, including Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she played the older version of Rose in Titanic (1997).

But Ashcroft is still holding the record after 38 years.

The Oscar record we may never see broken is Tatum O’Neal clocking in as the youngest to win any of the 4 acting awards as she was just 10 years old in Paper Moon (1973). In fact, she’s the only winner under 20 years old in any of these 4 categories.

Was her performance legitimate? Yes, Paper Moon is a great film. Some may say Linda Blair, only a teenager herself, should have won for The Exorcist. But it did help that horror movies rarely perform well at the Oscars, and it helped O’Neal to be playing alongside her father, Ryan O’Neal. Still, it was a great performance for a child actor in their film debut.

In fact, 9 actresses have won the Best Supporting Actress in what was only their feature film debut:

  • Gale Sondergaard – Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Katina Paxinou – For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
  • Mercedes McCambridge – All the King’s Men (1949)
  • Eva Marie Saint – On the Waterfront (1954)
  • Jo Van Fleet – East of Eden (1955)
  • Tatum O’Neal – Paper Moon (1973)
  • Anna Paquin – The Piano (1993)
  • Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Only Anna Paquin (11 years old) in The Piano (1993) has come the closest to breaking O’Neal’s record. But records are meant to be broken.

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Scott Kacsmar
NFL football picks are Scott Kacsmar's expertise, serving as his main focus. He has contributed to various sports websites and blogs, such as NBC Sports, ESPN Insider, FiveThirtyEight, and, JoeWager. Originating from Pittsburgh, Scott maintains a love-hate connection with the Pirates.

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