ByRicky Derisz, writer at Creators.co
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When it comes to acting, the Oscars are the pinnacle of recognition. And when it comes to an Academy Award, the Leading Role is the cream of the crop.

Ronan in Atonement (l) and Brooklyn (r)
Ronan in Atonement (l) and Brooklyn (r)

Saoirse Ronan has previously been nominated in a supporting role for Atonement (2007) aged just 13. Now, she has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her striking portrayal of Éilis Lacey in Brooklyn (2015).

Could the 21-year-old become one of the youngest ever winners in a leading role? Check out the list below:

Best Actor - Youngest Winners

1. Adrien Brody - 'The Pianist' (2002)

Age At Nomination: 29 years, 343 days

Age Now: 42

2. Richard Dreyfuss - 'The Goodbye Girl' (1977)

Age At Nomination: 30 years, 156 days

Age Now: 68

3. Marlon Brando - 'On The Waterfront' (1954)

Age At Nomination: 30 years, 361 days

Age Now: Died in 2004, aged 80

Best Actor - Youngest Nominees

1. Jackie Cooper - 'Skippy' (1931)

Age At Nomination: 9 years, 20 days

Age Now: Died in 2011, aged 88

2. Mickey Rooney - 'Babes in Arms' (1939) & 'The Human Comedy' (1943)

Age At Nomination: 19 years, 142 days & 23 years, 137 days

Age Now: Died in 2014, aged 93

3. John Travolta - 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)

Age At Nomination: 24 years, 3 days

Age Now: 61

Best Actress - Youngest Winners

1. Marlee Matlin - 'Children of a Lesser God' (1986)

Age At Nomination: 21 years, 218 days

Age Now: 50

2. Jennifer Lawrence - 'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012)

Age At Nomination: 22 years, 193 days

Age Now: 25

3. Janet Gaynor - '7th Heaven' (1927), 'Street Angel' (1928) & 'Sunrise' (1927)

Age At Nomination: 22 years, 222 days

Age Now: Died in 1984, aged 77

Best Actress - Youngest Nominees

1. Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Age At Nomination: 9 years, 135 days

Age Now: 12

2. Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider (2003)

Age At Nomination: 13 years, 309 days

Age Now: 25

3. Jennifer Lawrence (Again) - Winter's Bone (2010)

Age At Nomination: 20 years, 163 days

Age Now: 25

Source: Wikipedia

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