Oscar Directors: Youngest Nominees

Youngest nominees

Rank Age Name Film Year in Film Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 24 years, 44 days John Singleton Boyz n the Hood 1991 January 6, 1968 February 19, 1992 Has held record for 28 years (1992–present)

2 26 years, 279 days Orson Welles Citizen Kane 1941 May 6, 1915 February 9, 1942 Held record for 50 years (1942–1992)

3 29 years, 66 days Kenneth Branagh Henry V 1989 December 10, 1960 February 14, 1990

4 29 years, 113 days Claude Lelouch A Man and a Woman 1966 October 30, 1937 February 20, 1967

5 29 years, 193 days M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense 1999 August 6, 1970 February 15, 2000

6 29 years, 281 days George Lucas American Graffiti 1973 May 14, 1944 February 19, 1974

7 30 years, 88 days Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 October 14, 1982 January 10, 2013

8 30 years, 95 days Jason Reitman Juno 2007 October 19, 1977 January 22, 2008

9 30 years, 116 days Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich 1999 October 22, 1969 February 15, 2000

10 31 years, 65 days Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 December 18, 1946 February 21, 1978