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    For context, one of my favorite articles regarding the Oscars on Wikipedia is this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_and_youngest_Academy_Award_winners_and_nominees If you are unfamiliar with it, it takes five of the biggest categories (Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress) and identitifies the top ten of four groups in each category: oldest winners, oldest nominees, youngest winners, and youngest nominees. Changes to this page are (for an annual event) fairly frequent, with each group in each category having at least one entrant from the 21st century. All except one, that is: the oldest winners in the Supporting Actress category. The most recent addition was Judi Dench’s win for Shakespeare in Love in 1999. To this, I ask two questions:

    1. Why is it harder now for actresses 60+ to win in the Supporting Actress category than it was in earlier decades?

    2. What performances by actress 60+ nominated in this category do you think deserved to win?

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    Ageism isn’t a thing in supporting actress. Why we’re seeing more younger winners in the category is entirely made up of what the precursors determine is our winner.

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    I don’t know if I can answer this. It’s so complicated.
    There’s definitely an ageist bias against child actors. And as to the older ladies it seems more random than statistical.

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    My best guess is that older actresses are getting better leading roles recently (or at least ones more appealing to the Oscars) and thus less likely to be relegated to supporting. Looking at the nominee segements of these categories, 2 of the 10 oldest nominees in Supporting Actress are from this century (Ruby Dee and June Squibb) while 6 of the 10 oldest nominees in Leading Actress are from this century (Judi Dench x3, Emmanuelle Riva, Glenn Close, and Charlotte Rampling.)

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    If that’s true it’s an encouraging trend. I wonder if this applies to supporting or lead women working in television. If they don’t somehow mirror one another it adds to the confusion.

    Great question though. Thought provoking imo.

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    “1. Why is it harder now for actresses 60+ to win in the Supporting Actress category than it was in earlier decades?”

    I’ve read one theory on this is that writers aren’t encouraged or don’t try to write a lot of strong supporting roles nowadays. The focus is all on the leads. So you don’t get those great little supporting parts like Beatrice Straight in Network anymore.

    Plus category fraud has leading ladies (Stone, Vikander, Roberts, Mara, etc.) pushing out the real supporting performers.

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    I don’t know if I can answer this. It’s so complicated.
    There’s definitely an ageist bias against child actors. And as to the older ladies it seems more random than statistical.

    Ageism goes in one direction. I don’t think child actors need to compete for adult prizes. They should bring back the juvenile category.

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