Youngest Best Actor Oscar winner

Star Jacob Tremblay May Make History as Youngest Best Actor Winner

Irish director Lenny Abrahamson‘s latest film, Room, which centers on a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) who escape from the confines of a single room that the boy has called home his entire life, has been making big waves since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Much talk has surrounded the performances of the two leads, and Tremblay, who just turned nine on Oct 5, could be making history as the youngest performer to win best actor by the Academy.

If Tremblay were to be nominated for best actor for his performance in Room he would be nine years, 146 days old come the Feb 28, 2016 airdate of the 88th Academy Awards. That would make him the second youngest male actor ever nominated in the category, just behind Jackie Cooper (nine years, 20 days) in 1931’s Skippy, and the third youngest overall actor nominated, with actress Quvenzhané Wallis earning a nomination at the age of nine years, 135 days in 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Generally, younger actors have earned recognition in supporting roles, with a much larger number of preteens nominated for best supporting actor/actress than the lead categories. In fact, other than Cooper and Wallis there is only one other actor under the age of 18 to be nominated for best actor/actress: Keisha Castle-Hughes, then-aged 13 years, 309 days, in 2002’s Whale Rider.

By contrast, the youngest nominee in Academy history is Justin Henry who, at the age of eight years, 276 days, earned a supporting actor nom for his performance in 1980’s best picture-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.

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