Age, Ageism, Fame in Hollywood: Male Oscar Winners

Research in Progress (November 14, 2020)

The first Oscar Awards were given in 1929 for film achievements in 1927-1928.

In the history of the Academy Awards, the youngest Best Actor winner is Adrien Brody, 29 (The Pianist, 2002).

 

The oldest Best Actor winner is Henry Fonda, 76 (On Golden Pond, 1981).

The range between the youngest and oldest winners is rather wide, as my study demonstrates.

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Year   Best Actor  Film Age

1927-28:    Emil Jannings, The Last Command; The Way of All Flesh, 43

1928-29:    Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona, 38

1929-30:    George Arliss, Disraeli; Green Goddess, 62

1930-31:    Lionel Barrymore, A Free Soul, 53

1931-32:    Fredric March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 35

Tie             Wallace Beery, The Champ, 47

1932-33:   Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII, 36

1934:        Clark Gable, It Happened One Night, 33

1935 :       Victor McLaglen, The Informer, 49

1936:        Paul Muni, The Story of Louis Pasteur, 49

1937:        Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous, 37

1938:        Spencer Tracy, Boys Town, 38

1939:        Robert Donat, Goodbye Mr. Chips, 34

1940:       James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story, 32

1941:        Gary Cooper, Sergeant York, 40

1942:       James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy, 43

1943:       Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine, 48

1944:       Bing Crosby, Going My Way, 40

1945:       Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend, 40

1946:       Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives, 49

1947:       Ronald Colman, A Double Life, 56

1948        Laurence Olivier, Hamlet, 41

1949        Broderick Crawford, All the King’s Men, 38

1950        Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac, 38

1951         Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen, 52

1952        Gary Cooper, High Noon, 51

1953        William Holden, Stalag 17, 35

1954        Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront, 30

1955        Ernest Borgnine, Marty, 38

1956        Yul Brynner, The King and I, 36

1957        Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 43

1958        David Niven, Separate Tables, 48

1959        Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur, 36

1960       Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry, 47

1961        Maxmillian Schell, Judgment at Nuremberg, 31

1962       Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird, 46

1963       Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field, 36

1964:     Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady, 56

1965:     Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou, 41

1966:     Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons, 44

1967:    Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night, 42

1968:   Cliff Robertson, Charly, 45

1969:   John Wayne, True Grit, 62

1970:    George C. Scott, Patton, 43

1971:    Gene Hackman, The French Connection, 41

1972     Marlon Brando. The Godfather. 48

1973     Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger, 48

1974     Art Carney, Harry and Tonto, 56

1975     Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 38

1976     Peter Finch, Network, 60

1977     Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl, 30

1978     Jon Voight, Coming Home, 40

1979     Dustin Hoffman, Kramer Vs. Kramer, 42

1980     Robert De Niro, Raging Bull, 37

1981      Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond, 76 (Oldest Best Actor, won at second nomination)

1982     Ben Kingsley, Gandhi, 39

1983:    Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies, 52

1984     F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus, 44

1985     William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman, 35

1986     Paul Newman, The Color of Money, 61

1987     Michael Douglas, Wall Street, 43

1988     Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie, 45

1989     Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot, 32

1990     Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune, 42

1991      Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs, 54

1992      Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman, 53

1993      Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, 37

1994      Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump, 38

1995      Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas, 31

1996      Geoffrey Rush, Shine, 45

1997      Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets, 60

1998      Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful, 46

1999      Kevin Spacey, American Beauty, 40

2000     Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind, 36

2001     Denzel Washington, Training Day, 47

2002    Adrien Brody, The Pianist, 29 (Youngest Winner)

2003      Sean Penn, Mystic River, 43

2004      Jamie Foxx, Ray, 37

2005      Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote, 38

2006      Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland, 45

2007     Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood, 50

2008     Sean Penn, Milk, 48

2009     Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, 60

2010:    Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, 50

2011:    Jean Dujardin, The Artist, 39

2012:    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, 57 (third Oscar)

2013:   Matthew McConaughey, The Dallas Buyers Club, 44

2014:   Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything, 33

2015:   Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant, 41

2016:   Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea, 41

2017:   Gary Oldman, The Darkest Hour, 59

2018:   Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody, 38

2019:  Joaquin Phoenix, Joker, 45

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