Youngest and oldest nominees ever make history at the Oscars

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

(WHAS11) -- History has already been made at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, before the Oscars are even handed out. This year, two women are competing for the golden statue in the "Best Actress" category as the oldest and youngest nominees ever.

Quvenzhane Wallis, who is only 9-years-old, may have difficulty reaching a press microphone, but she easily won many hearts in her first film, "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Now Quvenzhane is competing against Hollywood's leading ladies, and so is French actress, Emmanuelle Riva, who is nominated for her role in "Amour."

With six decades of acting experience, the 85-year-old was recently awarded a Bafta in London.

Taking a look through Oscar history:
-The oldest "Best Actress" winner, Jessica Tandy, won when she was 80-years-old for "Driving Miss Daisy"
-Marlee Matlin is the youngest "Best Actress" winner at 21-years-old for her role in "Children of a Lesser God."
-Tatum O'Neal won "Best Supporting Actress" at age 10 for "Paper Moon."

Many critics believe that experience will pay off in Oscar gold this year. On top of that, Oscar Sunday just happens to be Emmanuelle Riva's 86th birthday, so she could have two reasons to celebrate!
 

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