At 22, Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) could shatter the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner record by seven years, but he won’t do the same if he claims the Independent Spirit Award equivalent on Saturday. In fact, he wouldn’t even be the category’s second youngest winner.
Unlike the Oscars, the Spirit Awards have no problem awarding young leading men. Chalamet would be the group’s third youngest Best Actor champ, behind “Beasts of No Nation” star Abraham Attah, who was 14 when he won two years ago, and the late River Phoenix, who was 21 at the time of his honor for “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). The current No. 3 holder is Ryan Gosling, who was 26 when he took home the prize for “Half Nelson” (2006).
Of the current youngest top three, only Gosling received a corresponding nomination for an Oscar, which he lost to Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”).
With Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) out of the way, Chalamet is the heavy favorite to win Best Actor at the Spirits, where “Call Me by Your Name” tops the field with with six nominations. He has a commanding 1/10-odd lead over Oscar rival Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Robert Pattinson (“Good Time”) and Harris Dickinson (“Beach Rats”).
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