6 is the age of the youngest actresses who won an Oscar – Shirley Temple in 1935, while actor Eli Herschel Wallach was the oldest to be awarded an Academy Award at 94 in 2010.
The Oscar for best actress in a leading role was coveted by Jennifer Lawrence, a widow and a recovering sex addict in the comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” and by Jessica Chastain, a CIA analyst who follows Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty,” among others.
French actress Emmanuelle Riva was also among the favorites, playing the role of a sick woman at the end of her life in “Amour,” and who turned 86 on the day the Academy Awards event.
The nominations for Best Actress are:
• Jennifer Lawrence –
Silver Linings Playbook
• Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
• Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Naomi Watts – The Impossible
• Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty