The 90th Academy Awards may have included some young nominees, including 22-year-old Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet and 23-year-old Best Actress nominee Saorise Ronan, but that doesn’t mean this year was all about the kiddies.
Proving that age ain’t nothing but a number, Hollywood veterans were representing for seniors at the Academy Awards. Some are enjoying retirement, while others are still releasing exciting work well into their later years, but all of them are acting as an inspiration and a reminder that dreams don’t have deadlines.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, 88
Christopher Plummer may not have taken home the Oscar this year for Best Supporting Actor for his role in All The Money In The World (it went to Sam Rockwell), but he still holds the record for oldest winner of Best Supporting Actor for Beginners, which Plummer won in 2012 at the age of 82. He also won a lot of screen time thanks to host Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at Plummer’s age, saying that the Canadian actor was the youngest nominee at the first Academy Awards back in 1927. We don’t think Plummer minded, considering he’s in his 80’s and still killing it.
EVA MARIE SAINT, 93
We thought Eva Marie Saint was mistaken when she said that she was older than the Academy, but a quick check on Wikipedia and we found out that the 93-year-old was right. We’ll have what she’s having. Back in 1955, Saint was nine months pregnant when she took the stage to accept Best Supporting Actress for her role in On The Waterfront, with her husband Jeffrey Hayden cheering her on. Saint started her presenting duties at this year’s Oscars remembering her husband of 65 years, who died in 2017. She then became the person we would want to grab a drink at the Oscar’s bar with, because Saint has some STORIES. If it happened in Hollywood, we think Eva Marie knows about it. Spill, Eva Marie!
RITA MORENO, 86
EGOT holder Rita Moreno won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story back in 1961, but the Puerto Rican-born entertainer hasn’t missed a step, literally or figuratively. Wearing the same gown she wore to accept her Oscar almost 60 years ago, Moreno presented Best Foreign Language Film and struck a pose that inspired gifs heard ’round the web. It’s also going to be our new power pose.
JANE FONDA, 80
During Sunday night’s Oscars, Jane Fonda wore a gown by 44 Francois Premier, a Time’s Up pin, and held the thrall of the billions of people who tuned in to watch her present. We checked and you can still buy Fonda’s workout videos and yeah, we just ordered them all. Extra for shipping? Worth it.
HELEN MIRREN, 72
The Dolby Theatre was full of beautiful young men and women on Sunday night, but why hire just anyone to model a Jet Ski when you can get the queen? During Sunday’s Oscars, Mirren took a shot of tequila on the red carpet, showed off an $18,000 jet ski, and presented Best Actor. It’s nice to see Hollywood is finally giving roles to women over 40.
AGNES VARDA, 89
At 89, Agnes Varda earned the honour of being the oldest Oscar nominee ever. Although the French filmmaker and director of Faces Places didn’t take home this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, she did take home the Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to cinema, becoming the first female director to ever receive the award. Listen up, kiddies. We want to see some Agnes Varda costumes for Women’s Month in the next few weeks.
JAMES IVORY, 89
Screenwriter James Ivory won the Oscar on Sunday night for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar in any category.
WES STUDI, 72
Actor Wes Studi has appeared in a number of Academy Award-winning films, including Dances With Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans. On Sunday night, the Vietnam Vet honoured those serving in the military with a special presentation of films that have shone a light on war and those who serve.
CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, 74
At 74, Best Original Score presenter and Oscar winner Christopher Walken is still the coolest. We were hoping he would break out his “Weapon of Choice” choreography, but there’s always next year.
WARREN BEATTY, 80, AND FAYE DUNAWAY, 77
Getting comebacks are rare in Hollywood, but only one year after announcing La La Land instead of Moonlight for Best Picture, Bonnie and Clyde were back and flub-free. Let’s not forget, last year’s mistake wasn’t an age thing. It was a guy-on-cell-phone-instead-of-doing-his-job thing.