One movie that took some movie fans by surprise when the 85th annual Academy Awards nominations were announced. “Amour” became one of the rare foreign language films to receive both a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Film. It also earned actress Emmanuelle Riva an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, making her the oldest woman to earn a nomination for the top actress honors.
Here is a look at the oldest actresses to earn Oscar nominations, both for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Gloria Stuart, 87 – Stuart had a very unique Hollywood career. She began acting in 1932, with her most famous role as the girlfriend of Claude Rains’ villain in “The Invisible Man.” She took almost 30 years off from acting and then returned. She finally picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 for her role in “Titanic.”
Emmanuelle Riva, 85 – Riva is now the oldest Best Actress nominee, picking up her recognition for “Amour.” In the movie, she plays one-half of an elderly couple dealing with the pain and suffering of growing old through illness and life threatening situations.
Ruby Dee, 83 – In 2007, Dee picked up an Oscar nomination for the movie “American Gangster.” Dee is a unique superstar, winning Grammy, Emmy, and SAG awards. While she did not win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 83, she remains active, appearing in “A Thousand Words” in 2012.
Jessica Tandy, 82 – Jessica Tandy is the oldest actress to ever win an Oscar, picking one up for “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989 at the age of 80, but she picked up another nomination two years later for her 1991 role in “Fried Green Tomatoes.” She was the oldest Oscar winner until Christopher Plummer won in 2011 at the age of 82.
Eva Le Gallienne, 82 – Le Gallienne began acting in 1914, working in the silent era and received a Tony Award in 1964 for 50 years as an actress. After 77 years as an actress, she picked up her first Oscar nomination in 1981 for her work on “Resurrection.”
Edith Evans, 80 – Evans picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 1967 for the film “The Whisperers,” as a woman who finds herself used and abused by those she loves and society itself. The nomination was her third in four years, also nominated for “Tom Jones” and “The Chalk Garden,” all after celebrating her 76th birthday.
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