If 22-year-old actor Timothee Chalamet earns an Oscar nomination on Tuesday, January 23 for “Call Me By Your Name,” he will make history as only the third youngest Best Actor nominee in Academy Awards history. The two youngest nominees are 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 some of the other youngest Best Actor nominees? Click through our Oscars photo gallery below to find out.
According to Gold Derby’s combined predictions, Chalamet is currently in second place with 7/2 odds to earn a Best Actor nomination, behind only frontrunner Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) with leading 17/10 odds. Chalamet has already popped up at precursors such as SAG, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and BAFTA, so an Oscar nomination seems like a no-brainer. The other predicted Oscar nominees are Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”).
Currently eight different actors hold the Top 10 spots for the youngest Best Actor nominees in Oscar 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).
Notably, none of the 10 youngest Best Actor nominees actually won for their roles. The youngest champ of all time is Adrien Brody, who prevailed for “The Pianist” (2002) at the age of 29 years and 343 days. Should Chalamet beat the odds and win for “Call Me By Your Name,” he would best Brody’s record by seven years. Do you think he can make Oscar history? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.
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