With the Oscars just around the corner, everyone is getting excited to see who will go home with the prized trophies. But one category to pay particular attention to is ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’. This year holds two contestants who would break records. Quvenzhané Wallis is currently the youngest actress ever nominated, and Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest. Will one of them set the bar for the youngest or oldest to win? In honor of these lovely ladies, let’s take a look at some other women to set records for the Oscars:
1) The actress to win the most Oscars was Katharine Hepburn. She received the award for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ four times, including: ‘Morning Glory’ (1933), ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ (1967), ‘The Lion in Winter’ (1968) and ‘On Golden Pond’ (1981).
2) The actress with the most nominations for an Oscar (Leading Role or a Supporting Role) was Meryl Streep with 17 nominations. These ranged from films produced between 1978 and 2011, which averages to be a nomination every other year. (To see the runner ups, visit: http://www.myoscarpredictions.com/actress_most_nomination_oscar_history_academy_awards.htm)
3)The current actress with the record for the oldest woman to win an Oscar for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ is Jessica Tandy for ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. She was 80 years old at the time she received the award in 1990.
4) Marlee Matlin holds the record for the youngest woman to receive the ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’. She was 21 years old when she won the Oscar in 1986 for her role in ‘Children of a lesser God’.
5) Beatrice Straight holds the record for the shortest performance to receive an Oscar. She was in the movie ‘Network’ for a little over five minutes and received the award for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’. This award in 1977 is still considered one of the Oscar upsets.
6) Actress Greer Garson gave the longest Oscar speech when she won the ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ in 1942. Her speech went close to six minutes. Today, the band will start playing after 50 seconds. In contrast, Alfred Hitchcock had the shortest Oscar speech and just said, “thank you” for his Lifetime Achievement Award. (For other long speeches, visit: http://www.trendski.com/2011/02/academy-awards-longest-speeches.html)
Will there be a new record for youngest or oldest actress to win the award for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’? What do you think?