This year’s Best Actress race has once again come down to the young ingenue vs. the older veteran actress. While this if the first time both Emma Stone (“La La Land”) and Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) have competed in the Best Actress race, their being the frontrunners does follow a pattern in the category where many times in the past the young Hollywood it-girl has taken on a more experienced actress to be named the year’s best. Click through our photo gallery above of the Top 10 Best Actress Oscar races between ingenues and veterans.
While the Best Actor race has almost always been dominated by older more experienced actors (Adrien Brody for “The Pianist” remains the only actor to ever win under the age of 30) the Best Actress race has often been the reverse. To date over 30 women have won the Best Actress award prior to their 30th birthday, with Stone likely to join that list next based on our Oscar experts’ predictions.
However, some pundits are looking to Huppert to perhaps score a surprise upset. Huppert has long been one of the most acclaimed actresses in France but she has had difficulty breaking into American films including a disastrous appearance as the leading lady in the much-maligned notorious box office and critical disaster “Heaven’s Gate” in 1980. Stone was previously in the Oscar derby two years ago, in the supporting actress category for her performance in that year’s Best Picture winner, “Birdman.”
This pattern of having a younger actress vs. a veteran has actually happened quite a bit in Oscar history. Sometimes the younger woman won. Sometimes the older woman did, and one time there was actually a tie. Gold Derby now takes a look back on past incidents in the battle of the ingenue vs. the veteran, so enjoy our new photo gallery above.
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