Oscar: Children–Tatum O’Neal, Quinn Cummings

The youngest nominees in the Academy’s history are in the secondary acting  leagues, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Justin Henry was only eight when he was first nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer, as Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s son, a remarkable achievement since he had never acted before.

The youngest nominees among the supporting actresses are Tatum O’Neal, who actually won the award for Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon, in 1973, at the age of ten.

At 11, Quinn Cummings, in Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, earned her Supporting Actress nomination for her first picture, though she had appeared on TV before.


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