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Top 10 Oscar Winners Who Won In Their First Movie Ever Made

by Angel C|July 22, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Oscar Winners Who Won In Their First Movie Ever Made

All Hollywood stars would die to win the Oscars. But sometimes, those we think deserve to win go home empty handed. In rare cases, some first-timers in the movies have this one chance of the lifetime – winning an Oscar award on their first films.

Apparently, they were the right people for the right job at the right time, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) saw it. So without further ado, here are our own list of top 10 Oscar winners in their first ever movie.

Top 10 Oscar Winners Who Won In Their First Movie Ever Made

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Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian American physician who has previous acting experience, won the Oscars Best Supporting Actor Award in 1984 for his role in war-drama movie 'The Killing Fields,' which was based on the true story. Ngor played Dith Pran, a Cambodian refugee and journalist who sacrificed a lot just to help American journalist Sydney Schanberg (played by Sam Waterston).

Harold Russell

Like Ngor, Harold Russell also has no background in acting when he won the Oscars Best Supporting Actor award in 1946 for the movie 'The Best Years of Our Lives.' That same night, he also received an Academy Honorary Award for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance." Two years before doing the movie, he was a US Army instructor and lost both of his hands while doing a training film.

Marlee Matlin

Being deaf since she was 18 months old, Marlee Matlin was discovered while performing in a theater. She made her debut film 'Children of a Lesser God' in 1986. For her role as Sarah Norman, Marlee Matlin won the Oscars Best Actress award at the age of 21. As of this year 2013, she is the youngest and the only deaf performer to receive that award.

Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O'Neal is so far the youngest person ever to win the Oscars Best Supporting Actress award at the age of 10. In 1973, Tatum appeared in the movie 'Paper Moon' as Addie Loggins, opposite her father, Ryan O'Neal. She is also known for being Michael Jackson's first love back in the 70s and a former wife of tennis icon John McEnroe.

Anna Paquin

In 1991, Anna Paquin auditioned for the movie 'The Piano' in New Zealand. Along with her sister and her sister’s friend, movie director Jane Campion chose her from among the 5000 candidates. Paquin was only 11 years old when she won the Oscars Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for her role as Flora McGrath. She is the second-youngest winner of the award.

Jennifer Hudson

Two years after landing as the seventh place finalist of American Idol Season 3, Jennifer Hudson made her first movie appearance in the 2006 musical drama film 'Dreamgirls.' She won the Best Supporting Actress award during the 79th Academy Awards. She also won the same award in the Golden Globes, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award, Black Reel, among others. BET awarded Best Actress.

John Houseman

John Houseman has produced a lot of Broadway shows in the 1930s. He produced 18 films from 1945 to 1962 for huge Hollywood studios. He had an uncredited bit role in the 1946 movie 'Seven Days in May.' Houseman won the Oscars Best Supporting Actor award in 1973 for his role as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. in the movie 'The Paper Chase.'

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand’s first film is 'Funny Girl' in 1968. In that movie, she reprised her role as Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical with the same title. Streisand won the Oscars Best Actress award for the film, and was tied with Katharine Hepburn for the movie ‘The Lion in Winter.’ So far, this is only time that two actresses had a tie for this award.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews dubbed the voice of Princess Zeila in the English version of the Italian movie 'La Rosa di Bagdad' in 1952. She is very famous for her role in 1965 musical film 'The Sound of Music.' But some people may not know that a year before that, she made her debut film 'Mary Poppins,' and won the Oscars Best Actress award for the title role.

Shirley Booth

Shirley Booth began her Broadway career in 1925, and her most successful play is 'Come Back, Little Sheba,' where she played as Lola Delaney. After she received a Tony Award in 1950 in the play, she reprised her role in her debut movie with the same title. In 1952, Booth won Best Actress award both in the Oscars and in the Golden Globes.


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