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Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:08 am

This is not about Justin Henry, or Tatum O'Neal, or anyone else who broke an age record when they won an Oscar. This is slightly different.

Something I've long wondered: if you put every living Academy Award winner in a large room, who would be the youngest people present? A little research tells me that, as of today, there are only five winners who were born on or after January 1, 1980. Can you name them all?

Hints (birthdates and winning categories) follow:
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03/31/1981 (Original Song)
06/09/1981 (Lead Actress)
09/12/1981 (Supporting Actress)
07/24/1982 (Supporting Actress)
02/28/1988 (Original Song)


Did I miss anyone? There's probably a Sporcle quiz here somewhere, and as far as I know, no one has made it yet. And while the list is short now, it could grow to 8 this Sunday.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby gwynn1984 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:05 am

Without looking it up (or looking at your hint), I've got...



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Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman, Anna Paquin


Those are the only 3 I can come up with (not even sure they're all right). Now I'm wondering if you're including all winners, and not just Acting winners. Hmmm.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby gwynn1984 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:09 am

Okay, now I've looked at your hints ;)

I also looked up the winners in that other category, and quickly came to the answers.


Very nicely done!
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby gwynn1984 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:21 am

Sorry for dominating this thread...

I looked at this year's nominees, and I actually count 5 who could potentially be added to this list (though, to the OP's point - 3 are quite likely).

One Best Original Screenplay and Best Director double-nominee
Two Best Actresses (one of whom has a good chance of winning)
One Best Supporting Actress (who will very likely win)
One Best Song nominee (who also has a very good chance of winning)

There may be others in the more technical categories.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby marpocky » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:34 pm

gwynn1984 wrote:Two Best Actresses (one of whom has a good chance of winning)

Ding!

gwynn1984 wrote:One Best Supporting Actress (who will very likely win)

Ding!

gwynn1984 wrote:One Best Song nominee (who also has a very good chance of winning)

Ding!

We can now add:

11/12/1982
5/5/1988
8/15/1990

The Oscars have reached the 1990s.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:51 pm

The total now stands at 8. After quite a bit of research, I learned that Short Film winner Shawn Christensen is 37. (He only looks like he was born after 1980.)

The list:

03/31/1981 Ryan Bingham (Original Song)
06/09/1981 Natalie Portman (Lead Actress)
09/12/1981 Jennifer Hudson (Supporting Actress)
07/24/1982 Anna Paquin (Supporting Actress)
11/12/1982 Anne Hathaway (Supporting Actress)
02/28/1988 Markéta Irglová (Original Song)
05/05/1988 Adele (Original Song)
08/15/1990 Jennifer Lawrence (Lead Actress)
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:06 pm

In case you're wondering, the youngest man to win an acting Oscar is/was Heath Ledger, born in 1979. The youngest living man to win an acting Oscar is Christian Bale, born in 1974. Still, he's older than Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet, and Hilary Swank.

Bit of a double standard there.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby skullturfq » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:20 am

marpocky wrote:The Oscars have reached the 1990s.


So Jennifer Lawrence is the first person born in the 1990s to win an Oscar. (Assuming we didn't miss some obscure technical award that happened to be won by a very young person.)

This brings up some other questions:

(a) Who was the first person born in the 1980s to win an Oscar?
(b) Who was the first person born in the 1970s to win an Oscar?
(c) Who was the first person born in the 1960s to win an Oscar?

I'm guessing that the answers to two of those questions are names that have already been mentioned earlier in this thread.

Also note that the answer to (b) is not Justin Henry, although he was born in the 1970s. He was nominated for his performance in Kramer vs Kramer, but he didn't win.

I don't know the answer to (b) offhand. In fact, to be completely honest, it might turn out not to be the greatest trivia question, in terms of how "work-outable" it is. I can think of some people who won Oscars when they were youngish, for movies from the late 90s, and I think they were born around 1969 or 1970, but I don't know whether they were born in the 1970s without looking it up.

Also, I guess "Best Song" is something to go to when looking for young winners, but I don't know many Best Song winners without looking it up.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby braggtastic » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:51 am

How crazy would it have been if Quvenzhane had won and we would have had our first winner born in the 2000s before one born in the 1990s.

That reminds me of how we have a President born in the 1960s before having had one born in the 1950s.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby skullturfq » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:54 am

There was also a President born in the 1910s (JFK) before there was one born in the 1900s (LBJ).

There has never been a President born in the 1930s, and now perhaps there never will be. I suppose it's possible that John McCain could run again, or Colin Powell.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby skullturfq » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:03 pm

Here are a few other people who might become the next US President, and the decade they were born:

Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg or Elizabeth Warren, 1940s
Jeb Bush or Andrew Cuomo or Condoleezza Rice, 1950s
Chris Christie or Martin O'Malley or Scott Walker, 1960s
Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan or Bobby Jindal, 1970s

As for Oscar winners, I guess if we really wanted to, we could ask questions similar to my earlier questions, but backdated further. Who was the first person born in the 1950s to win an Oscar? Born in the 1940s? Etc. (I don't necessarily have good guesses for those, but some movie trivia buffs may possibly find it interesting to contemplate.)
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby marpocky » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:38 pm

pikeistheprof wrote:But a 1950s president would already be in his or her 60s.


Actually, they may be as young as 53. The median age of US presidents is nearly 55.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby skullturfq » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:50 pm

If I had to guess, I'd say the next President will probably be born in either the 1950s or 1960s, and I'm honestly not sure which of those is more likely.

Two more people born in the 1950s I could have named are Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee. Two more people born in the 1960s I could have named are Eric Cantor and Jon Huntsman.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby skullturfq » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:22 pm

skullturfq wrote:This brings up some other questions:

(a) Who was the first person born in the 1980s to win an Oscar?
(b) Who was the first person born in the 1970s to win an Oscar?
(c) Who was the first person born in the 1960s to win an Oscar?

I'm guessing that the answers to two of those questions are names that have already been mentioned earlier in this thread.


The answer to (a) is almost certainly
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Anna Paquin, born July 1982, who won her Oscar in March 1994 at the age of 11.
If anyone else born in the 1980s won an Oscar earlier, then they were at most 14 years old, and we probably would have heard of it.

Similarly, the answer to (c) is almost certainly
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Tatum O'Neal, born November 1963, who won her Oscar in April 1974 at the age of 10.
If anyone else born in the 1960s won an Oscar earlier, then they were at most 14 years old, and we probably would have heard of it.

I'm not certain what the answer to (b) is, but I have a guess. But first, some incorrect answers.

At the 68th Academy Awards in March 1996, one winner was fairly young, but not young enough. She was born in September 1967, making her 28 at the time. That performer is
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Mira Sorvino.


At the 69th Academy Awards in March 1997, one winner was fairly young, but not young enough. He was born in January 1968, making him 29 at the time. That performer is
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Cuba Gooding, Jr.


At the 70th Academy Awards in March 1998, there was a pair of fairly young winners who won for
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Best Original Screenplay.
It turns out that those two guys were both born in the 1970s. I don't know for sure that they were the first Oscar winners born in the 1970s, but they very well may be.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:10 pm

braggtastic wrote:How crazy would it have been if Quvenzhane had won and we would have had our first winner born in the 2000s before one born in the 1990s.


I could be wrong, but it's looking like that's exactly what happened with Anna Paquin. The Oscars had a winner born in the 1980s before they had one born in the 1970s. The youth movement in the Actress categories is a more recent development.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby marpocky » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:02 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:
braggtastic wrote:How crazy would it have been if Quvenzhane had won and we would have had our first winner born in the 2000s before one born in the 1990s.


I could be wrong, but it's looking like that's exactly what happened with Anna Paquin. The Oscars had a winner born in the 1980s before they had one born in the 1970s. The youth movement in the Actress categories is a more recent development.


I haven't confirmed this, but the 60s probably came before the 50s also.

EDIT: Of the 4 acting categories, 1981 had the first winner born in the 50s. A few more came in 1986, then none until 1989. I also checked directing, but not writing or song.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:57 pm

Two ceremonies later, it's time to update this list. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe only three recent winners were born on or after January 1, 1980: Lupita Nyong'o, Graham Moore, and Eddie Redmayne. (Birdman co-screenwriter Armando Bo and Selma songwriter John Legend were born in 1978.) Moore's birth year is 1981; his birthday is not readily available yet.

00/00/1981 Graham Moore (Adapted Screenplay)
03/31/1981 Ryan Bingham (Original Song)
06/09/1981 Natalie Portman (Lead Actress)
09/12/1981 Jennifer Hudson (Supporting Actress)
01/06/1982 Eddie Redmayne (Lead Actor)
07/24/1982 Anna Paquin (Supporting Actress)
11/12/1982 Anne Hathaway (Supporting Actress)
03/01/1983 Lupita Nyong'o (Supporting Actress)
02/28/1988 Markéta Irglová (Original Song)
05/05/1988 Adele (Original Song)
08/15/1990 Jennifer Lawrence (Lead Actress)

The original purpose of this thread was to put all living Oscar winners in a room right now, and pick out the youngest. For his category, Redmayne is as much of an outlier as Jennifer Lawrence:

Jamie Foxx (b. 1967)
Matthew McConaughey (b. 1969)
Jean Dujardin (b. 1972)
Adrien Brody (b. 1973)
Eddie Redmayne (b. 1982)

Marion Cotillard (b. 1975)
Kate Winslet (b. 1975)
Reese Witherspoon (b. 1976)
Natalie Portman (b. 1981)
Jennifer Lawrence (b. 1990)

And while we're dealing with Oscar trivia, I read somewhere that all four acting winners in the 2015 ceremony portrayed academics, specifically teachers.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby rockgolf » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:02 pm

Whoa! that is one really cool piece of trivia. Were they all in post-secondary education? I know Redmayne, Simmons & Arquette's characters all were.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:58 pm

rockgolf wrote:Whoa! that is one really cool piece of trivia. Were they all in post-secondary education? I know Redmayne, Simmons & Arquette's characters all were.


According to the film's description, Julianne Moore plays a linguistics professor. (I hesitated using the word "professor" earlier because I didn't know much about the music conservatory in Whiplash and Simmons' character's job title in it.)
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:27 pm

To look at the opposite question -- as far as I can tell, the earliest-born person ever to win an Oscar was born in 1856. And he's also the answer to another interesting (and well-known) Oscar-related trivia question. Name that winner (and the other question I'm thinking of).
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby themanwho » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:58 pm

Joshua Kreitzer wrote:To look at the opposite question -- as far as I can tell, the earliest-born person ever to win an Oscar was born in 1856. And he's also the answer to another interesting (and well-known) Oscar-related trivia question. Name that winner (and the other question I'm thinking of).


I'm going to guess
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Shaw, only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:23 pm

themanwho wrote:
Joshua Kreitzer wrote:To look at the opposite question -- as far as I can tell, the earliest-born person ever to win an Oscar was born in 1856. And he's also the answer to another interesting (and well-known) Oscar-related trivia question. Name that winner (and the other question I'm thinking of).


I'm going to guess
Spoiler: show
Shaw, only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize
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That was the answer I was thinking of. George Bernard Shaw was already 72 years old when the first Oscars were given (he was 82 when he won his Oscar); if there was anyone born before him who won an Oscar, I don't know who it was.

Ken had mentioned that Shaw was the only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize in chapter 7 of Brainiac.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby Neel Mehta » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:19 am

Four new names to add to the list, including someone younger than Jennifer Lawrence (and it's not Brie Larson or Alicia Vikander).

I still don't know Graham Moore's birthday. I am going with September 18 as Jimmy Napes' birthday based on this Instagram post from Disclosure, which is a sentence I never thought I would write.

00/00/1981 Graham Moore (Adapted Screenplay)
03/31/1981 Ryan Bingham (Original Song)
06/09/1981 Natalie Portman (Lead Actress)
09/12/1981 Jennifer Hudson (Supporting Actress)
01/06/1982 Eddie Redmayne (Lead Actor)
07/24/1982 Anna Paquin (Supporting Actress)
11/12/1982 Anne Hathaway (Supporting Actress)
03/01/1983 Lupita Nyong'o (Supporting Actress)
09/18/1984 Jimmy Napes (Original Song)
02/28/1988 Markéta Irglová (Original Song)
05/05/1988 Adele (Original Song)
10/03/1988 Alicia Vikander (Supporting Actress)
10/01/1989 Brie Larson (Lead Actress)
08/15/1990 Jennifer Lawrence (Lead Actress)
05/19/1992 Sam Smith (Original Song)
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby marpocky » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:03 pm

skullturfq wrote:If I had to guess, I'd say the next President will probably be born in either the 1950s or 1960s, and I'm honestly not sure which of those is more likely.


Turns out it's 1940s or 1970s(!!!), with Kasich still making the 50s technically possible.
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Re: Youngest Oscar winners

Postby gwynn1984 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:08 am

Are the exclamation points after 1970s because it would be surprising to have a president born in the '70s already or because it's hard to believe that candidate is only 45?
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