Oscar: First and Last Nomination–Gap in Years

Longest Gap between First and Last Nomination

More than 40 Years:

Katharine Hepburn, 48 years (from Morning Glory in 1932-3 to On Golden Pond in 1981)

Henry Fonda, 41 years (from The Grapes of Wrath in 1940 to On Golden Pond in 1981)

Mickey Rooney, 40 years (from Babes in Arms in 1939 to The Black Stallion in 1979)

More than 30 Years

Helen Hayes, 38 years (from The Sin of Madelon Claudet in 1931-2 to Airport in 1970)

Jack Palance, 38 years (from Shane in 1953 to City Slickers in 1991)

Albert Finney, 37 years (from Tom Jones in 1963 to Erin Brockovich in 2000

Note: Henry Fonda was one of the producers of Twelve Angry Men, which received a 1957 Best Picture nomination.