The Academy Awards, has always been honoring cinematic achievements since its first banquet in 1929. Hollywood players, young and old, strive to be recognized by the Academy as it is an honor to receive such an award.
When it comes to the Oscars, usually it’s the older, established actors that come away with the nominations and awards for their film work. However, sometimes a young newcomer gives a performance that just cannot be ignored. Here are the youngest actors to win Academy Awards in Oscar history.
1. Tatum O’Neal
In 1974, at a young age of 10 years old, Tatum O’Neal was the actress in Hollywood to win a competitive Oscar. She is the youngest Oscar winner in any category for her Best Supporting Actress win, for acting alongside her father Ryan O’Neal in ‘Paper Moon’. O’Neal has held the record of being the youngest Oscar winner for 43 years.
2. Anna Paquin
Actress, Anna Paquin started her acting career out with a bang when she landed the role of Flora McGrath in the 1993 film, ‘The Piano’. The 10-year-old actress at the time had no prior acting experience. In 1994, the actress won the Academy Award for best supporting actress, making her the second youngest actress to win an Oscar.
3. Patty Duke
Patty Duke first became known as a teen star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 16 for her role as Helen Keller in ‘The Miracle Worker’ in 1962, a role which she had originated on Broadway. After her award win, the young actress went on to star in her own television show, The Patty Duke Show for three seasons, earning her an Emmy nomination.
4. Timothy Hutton
The 1980 film ‘Ordinary People’ was the directorial debut of Robert Redford and won four Academy Awards, including for Timothy Hutton’s performance making him the youngest winner for Best Supporting Actor at age 20. Hutton has held the record for being the youngest winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 34 years.
5. Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin made history in more ways than one when she took home her Oscar for Best Actress in 1986 for ‘Children of a Lesser God’. She was not only the youngest winner of the award at age 21, but also the only deaf actor ever to win an Academy Award. Matlin has also received a Golden Globe award and four Emmy nominations for her work during her acting career.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
Lawrence won an Academy Award when she was just 23 year old, for the Best Actress win for her performance in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ in the year 2012. Lawrence has also been the highest-paid actress in the world, and her films have grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide.
7. Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter, the granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, made her Broadway debut at 13 in ‘Seen But Not Heard’. In 1946, Baxter won an Oscar for best supporting actress in ‘The Razor’s Edge’ when she was just 23 years old. She has also won Golden Globe award for the same.
8. Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine’s career improved greatly after her starring role in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed ‘Rebecca’ in 1940, for which she received her first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The 1942, Academy Awards were a watershed for Joan Fontaine, as she won an Oscar at the age of 24, for her performance in ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion’.
9. Jennifer Jones
American actress Jennifer Jones was born on March 2, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her first acting role in ‘The Song of Bernadette’ in 1943 garnered her an Academy Award when she was 25 years old. She continued to act in television and films during the 1940s-1970s and was Oscar nominated five times.
10. Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. became known for his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in ‘Boyz n the Hood’. In 1996, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Jerry Maguire’ at the age of 28. Gooding has also received his first Prime time Emmy Award nomination.