Eight respected actresses hold the Top 10 spots as the oldest Best Actress Oscar nominees of all time. Judi Dench is the only actress to hold multiple spots on this list, with a total of three. Unfortunately Dench lost all of these bids, though she did prevail down in the supporting category for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). Will Dame Judi appear for a fourth time this year thanks to “Victoria & Abdul”? To see all of the oldest female nominees throughout history, click through our Oscars photo gallery above.
Dench’s three oldest Best Actress performances came for “Philomena” (2013) when she was 79, “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) when she was 73, and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” (2005) when she was 71. However, the oldest Best Actress contender of all time is actually Emmanuelle Riva, who in 2012 was nominated for “Amour” when she was 85 years old. Riva broke the previous age record by five years, which was held by 80-year-old Jessica Tandy since “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989).
For this year’s awards cycle, Dench has been recognized at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for returning to the role of Queen Victoria in “Victoria & Abdul.” Will she earn an Oscar nomination next? Dench was previously nominated for playing this character in “Mrs Brown” (1997) when she was 63, losing to Helen Hunt (“As Good as It Gets”). If Dench were to be nominated again, she’d be 20 years older than her previous bid for this role as she just celebrated her 83rd birthday.
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