The Youngest People Ever To Be Nominated For An Oscar

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Elio, the 17-year-old protagonist of Call Me By Your Name played by Timothée Chalamet, has a lot of feelings. Extremely thoughtful and introspective, Elio often struggles to verbally express those emotions. Instead, emotion subtly flits across his face. Chalamet's acting ability is so skilled that in a single glance, the audience understands Elio's desire and pain.
Earlier today, the Academy announced that 22-year-old Chalamet had received a Best Actor nomination for his work in Call Me By Your Name. Saoirse Ronan, only 23 years old, also received a Best Actress nomination for Lady Bird. Incredibly, this is Ronan's third nomination — she was only 13 when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Atonement.
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Ronan and Chalamet are young, but hardly the youngest people to be nominated in the Academy Awards acting categories. Tatum O'Neal, for example, not only was nominated when she was 10 — she won, too. While the rest of us were in middle school and high school, this is what these young actors and actresses were doing.
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Justin Henry, age 8
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979
Did he win? No

Behold, the youngest ever Oscar nominee. In Kramer vs. Kramer, Justin Henry played a young boy caught in the middle of his parents' ugly custody battle.
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Quvenzhané Wallis, age 9
Nominated for: Best Actress for Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012
Did she win? No

Wallis was actually only 6 years old when she starred in the indie film, set in a bayou community in Louisiana, but was 9 when she was finally nominated.
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Tatum O'Neal, age 10
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973
Did she win? Yes

Tatum O'Neal starred in Paper Moon alongside her father, Ryan O'Neal. She remains the youngest person to ever win an Oscar.
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Quinn Cummings, age 10
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for The Goodbye Girl in 1977
Did she win? No

Quinn Cummings may have been nominated for an Oscar, but she didn't stay in show business for long. Cummings quit acting at 23 and became an author.
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Mary Badham, age 10
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for To Kill a Mockingbird in 1962
Did she win? No

Badham was cast as Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 9. She retired from acting at 14, and now works as a furniture restorer.
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Abigail Breslin, age 10
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for Little Miss Sunshine in 2007
Did she win? No

Olive, the goofy pageant queen aspirant in Little Miss Sunshine, captured both audience hearts and the Academy's attention.
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Patty McCormack, age 11
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for The Bad Seed in 1957
Did she win? No

The Bad Seed depicts your babysitting nightmare. On the surface, Rhoda (Patty McCormack) is a perfectly behaved 8-year-old girl. But her appearances mask her homicidal, vengeful nature.
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Anna Paquin, age 11
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for The Piano in 1994
Did she win? Yes

The Piano was Paquin's very first acting role. She was selected from over 5,000 candidates auditioning for the part. Her performance and subsequent Oscar win kicked off the rest of her acting career — she starred as Sookie in True Blood, and most recently appeared in Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.
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Haley Joel Osment, age 11
Nominated for: Best Actor for The Sixth Sense in 2000
Did he win? No

By the time Osment appeared in The Sixth Sense, he was already a veritable child star sensation. He played Forrest Gump's son in Forrest Gump, and was Murphy Brown's son on Murphy Brown. The Sixth Sense, however, was the role that cemented his place in our collective pop culture memory.
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Keisha Castle-Hughes, age 13
Nominated for: Best Actress for Whale Rider in 2004
Did she win? No

Castle-Hughes was the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Actress, at the time of the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony. She was also the second Polynesian actress to be nominated. Now, you probably recognize Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand on Game of Thrones.
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Saoirse Ronan, age 13, 21, and 23
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for Atonement (2008), Best Actress for Brooklyn (2016), Best Actress for Lady Bird (2018)
Did she win? No – not yet

Ronan has been on the Academy's mind since she played Briony, the meddling younger sister, in Atonement. Her most recent nomination was for her work as Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson in Lady Bird. 2018 might be the year she wins.
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Hailee Steinfeld, age 14
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for True Grit in 2011
Did she win? No

Hailee Steinfeld was 13 when she showed up to the audition for True Grit wearing a burlap sack, dressed as an approximation for Mattie Ross. When filming for True Grit was wrapping up, Steinfeld was afraid her acting career was over.

"My last day of filming, I could not stop crying and I remember I just thought the world was coming to an end," Steinfeld told NPR. "And I remember Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon looking at me and saying, 'This is just the beginning.'" And it was. Steinfeld continues to work as an actress and musician.
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Jodie Foster, age 14
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for Taxi Drier in 1977
Did she win? No

The first time Jodie Foster was on camera, she was only 3 years old. Her breakout role came when she played a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver. Foster's been a film star ever since. Lately, Foster has focused on directing, though she continues to act. Most recently, she directed the Black Mirror episode "ArkAngel."
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Patty Duke, age 16
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress in The Miracle Worker in 1963
Did she win? Yes

This acclaimed film centers on Anne Sullivan's (Anne Bancroft) teaching the blind and deaf Helen Keller, played by Patty Duke, to express herself.
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Jack Wild, age 16
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Oliver! in 1969
Did he win? No

Wild appeared as the Artful Dodger in the stage production of the musical Oliver! before starring in the film.
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Sal Mineo, age 17
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Rebel Without a Cause in 1956
Did he win? No

Sal Mineo appeared in Rebel Without a Cause alongside James Dean. Only Mineo was nominated, however.
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River Phoenix, age 18
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Running on Empty in 1989
Did he win? No

Running on Empty was about a couple on the run from the police, and their son who decides to break free. Phoenix's promising career was cut tragically short when he died at age 23.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, age 19
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape in 1994
Did he win? No

DiCaprio's first Oscar nomination came when he was 19, and played Johnny Depp's disabled younger brother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Five more Academy Award nominations followed. In 2016, DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for Best Actor in The Revenant.
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Mickey Rooney, age 19
Nominated for: Best Actor for Babes in Arms in 1940
Did he win? No

At the time, Rooney was the first teenager to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. Though he didn't win, Rooney was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award, an honor that existed until 1961.
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Angelina Jolie, age 20
Nominated for: Best Actress for Girl, Interrupted in 2000
Did she win? Yes

Jolie was a young girl the first time she stepped foot on the Academy Awards red carpet in 1986. At 20, she was nominated for her work as Lisa, a mental patient that Winona Ryder's character befriends.
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Timothée Chalamet, age 22
Nominated for: Best Actor for Call Me By Your Name in 2018
Did he win? TBD

This has been a huge year for Chalamet. He was nominated for his remarkable performance as the lovelorn Elio in Call Me By Your Name, and the other film he starred in, Lady Bird, has racked up many nominations. 2018, the year the Chalamet star is born.
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