|Oldest film acting nominees Tandy, Guilbert, Tandy, and Duvall|
Well the biggest thing to learn from taking a look at my choices amongst the oldest film acting nominees is that 2010 proved to be a successful year for octogenarians. Only four people have been nominated into their eighties, and two of them happen to be among this year's group. And there's a record that could be broken - though Jessica Tandy's nod for Fried Green Tomatoes outages Ann Guilbert's for Please Give by a few months, a win from Guilbert would break the all-time oldest winner record. As far as the most difficult of the four categories to win if you're 55 and above? It's surprising - Best Lead Actor. It turns out not one AARP-card-carrying member has won in the category, the closest being Anthony Hopkins's win in 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs at age 54.
|Youngest film acting nominees Lipnicki, Majorino, Whitman, and Breslin|
Inversely on the other side of the spectrum, it proved that much like the 55-plus crowd, the under-30 crowd is mostly relegated to the supporting categories. The easiest one to break into for youngsters appears to be Best Supporting Actress, which seems rather fitting. In looking at the numbers, though, I found that it's far easier to win an LCT Award for acting if you're under 30 than if your over 55. Go figure. I guess I'm inadvertently ageist. Tina Majorino ranks as the all-time youngest winner at 9 years old, with Haley Joel Osment as the youngest male winner at 11. The only 2010 nominee to crack the top 20 is Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), who's 14 years old, at No. 18.
If you've made it this far - (a) thanks for humoring me, and (b) what are you favorite 55+ or pip-squeak performances since 1984?