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John Williams Sets Record For Oldest Oscar Nominee; Judd Hirsch Becomes Second Oldest Acting Nominee 42 Years After His First Nom

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Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical feature The Fabelmans earned a number of Oscar nominations this morning, including one for Spielberg’s longtime collaborator, composer John Williams, and one for veteran actor Judd Hirsch, who plays Boris, a fictionalized version of Spielberg’s great uncle in the movie.

At 90 years 350 days, Williams became the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar (excluding honorary awards. At 87 years and 315 days, Hirsch became the second oldest acting nominee behind Christopher Plummer who was 88 years and 41 days at the time of his nomination and ahead of Titanic’s Gloria Stuart who was 87 years, 221 days.

Hirsch’s second Oscar nomination comes 42 years after his first; he was nominated in the same Supporting Actor category in 1981 for Ordinary People.

This eclipses the previous record for longest gap between Oscar acting nominations held by Henry Fonda with The Grapes of Wrath in 1941 and On Golden Pond in 1962, for which he won. (Fonda shared a Best Picture Oscar nomination for 12 Angry Men and received an Honorary Oscar between his two acting noms.) Williams edged out Call Me by Your Name screenwriter James Ivory, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom costume designer Ann Roth, and Faces Places director Agnès Varda who were 89 at the time of their nominations.

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