Will Lupita Nyongo and Barkhad Abdi join 15 Oscar winners for film debuts?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Jan 24 2014 12:15 pm
See Daniel's
Dec 21 2014 16:44 pm
Get Gold Derby's free news alerts and predictions

oscars lupita nyong'o 12 years a slave barkhad abdi captain phillips

Both Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") and Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") have earned Oscar nominations for their feature film debuts, making this the first time in 17 years that two actors have done so. The last time was Edward Norton ("Primal Fear") and Emily Watson ("Breaking the Waves") in 1996; if their careers are any indication, Nyongo and Abdi have a lot to look forward to regardless of the Oscar results.

Since winning at Critics' Choice and the SAG Awards, Nyongo has dramatically widened her lead in the Best Supporting Actress race over Golden Globe champ Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"). Indeed, Supporting Actress has crowned more debuts that any other category; Nyongo would be the ninth, following:

Gale Sondergaard ("Anthony Adverse," 1936)
Katina Paxinou ("For Whom the Bell Tolls," 1943)
Mercedes McCambridge ("All the King's Men," 1949)
Eva Marie Saint ("On the Waterfront," 1954)
Jo Van Fleet ("East of Eden," 1955)
Tatum O'Neal ("Paper Moon," 1973)
Anna Paquin ("The Piano," 1993)
Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls," 2006)

Another four women won lead Oscars for their film debuts:

Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba," 1952)
Julie Andrews ("Mary Poppins," 1964)
Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl," 1968)
Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God," 1986)

Unfortunately for Abdi, Oscar isn't nearly as fond of male newcomers. If he can overcome his steep 50/1 odds to win Best Supporting Actor, he will join only three other fellows who won for their screen debuts, all of them also in the supporting category:

Harold Russell ("The Best Years of Our Lives," 1946)
Timothy Hutton ("Ordinary People," 1980)
Haing S. Ngor ("The Killing Fields," 1984)

Make your Supporting Actress predictions below:

Get Gold Derby's free news alerts and predictions


Related News
Make your Oscars & reality TV predictions. Win prizes.
pop up close


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Inside Track: Oscar Predictions

Oscars predictions

Oscars Predictions by Top Experts

See the latest Oscar predictions of our famous pundits — Click Here. See the category rankings when their predictions are combined - Click Here. Sample below. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.

Odds   View %  
1 BoyhoodBoyhood
2 BirdmanBirdman
3 SelmaSelma
4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
5 The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything
6 The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
7 WhiplashWhiplash
8 Gone GirlGone Girl
9 UnbrokenUnbroken
10 FoxcatcherFoxcatcher
See complete statistics by Clicking Here
Hot Links from the Web
Photo Galleries: Oscars, Emmys, ...
Latest Forum Posts
Best Actress 2014 Thread (Part 4)
I am hung up on COTILLARD getting a spot..I feel like this performance is what ..
The Graduate at The Oscars
Gold Derby Music Awards
Okay, I will send you more later :)
Tyler's Choice Video Game Awards ~ ..
Tyler's Choice Video Game Awards: Best of the Decade [2000-2009] (Boldface = win..
Subscribe to our free news service