Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) is poised to make Oscar history if he gets nominated for, and wins, Best Actor. If he gets nominated on Jan. 23, he’ll then be 22 years old — the third-youngest Best Actor nominee ever, behind only Jackie Cooper, who was nine when he earned a bid for “Skippy” (1931), and Mickey Rooney, who at 19 received a nom for “Babes in Arms” (1939). Who are the other youngest Best Actor nominees? Click through our Oscars photo gallery above to find out.
Eight actors hold the Top 10 spots for the youngest Best Actor nominees in Academy Awards history, as Rooney and James Dean both received double bids. Rooney’s other Best Actor citation came for “The Human Comedy” (1943) when he was 23 years old. Dean received back-to-back posthumous nominations following his untimely death at age 24: “East of Eden” (1955) and “Giant” (1956).
As for modern Hollywood stars, Ryan Gosling and Heath Ledger were both 26 when they received Best Actor notices for “Half Nelson” (2006) and “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), respectively. Ledger tragically passed away at 28 years old. Finally, Jesse Eisenberg broke out of “The Social Network” (2010) with a Best Actor bid at 27 years of age.
Notably, none of the 10 youngest Best Actor nominees actually won for their roles. The youngest winner of all time is Adrien Brody, who prevailed for “The Pianist” (2002) at the age of 29. Should Chalamet prove victorious for “Call Me By Your Name,” he would be beat Brody’s record by a whopping eight years. See our experts’ latest Best Actor Oscar predictions.
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