There is one thing that brings all actors in the world close together, regardless of how different they may be, and that’s that they all strive to win an Academy Award. However, you may be surprised to hear that some actors got nominated for, and some of them even won, an Academy Award for appearing in a certain movie for an extremely short period of time. Here are 16 examples of this phenomenon, in this gallery brought to us by Diply.
1. Viola Davis in Doubt
While this 52-year-old actress proved that she’d be a force to be reckoned with, the amount of time she appears in this movie totals to around 8 minutes, but somehow, she was nominated for her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.
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2. Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Anne’s heartbreaking performance as Fantine in this heartbreaking 2012 drama only lasts for around 15 minutes, but nevertheless, she was nominated and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
3. Dame Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love
The fidget-spinner spinning dame stunned audiences with her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in this 1998 romantic flick, so much so that even though her total on-screen time was 8 minutes, she also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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4. Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs
Despite 24 minutes of screen time as Hannibal Lecter, the fact that he’s considered one of the best movie villains of all time, especially with Anthony Hopkins performing as this character led him to recieve an Academy Award for Best Actor.
5. Hermione Baddeley in Room At The Top
The late actress’ appearance in this 1959 flick clocks in at just over two minutes, making it to this day the shortest ever performance to receive an Oscar nomination.
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6. Penelope Cruz in Vicky Christina Barcelona
The 43-year-old actress and model ended up winning Best Supporting Actress in this Woody Allen directed film, despite appearing for around 15 minutes, and she was also the first Spanish actress ever to win an Academy Award in general.
7. Nicole Kidman in The Hours
This 50-year-old Australian actress became well known for donning a plastic nose for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
She shared the screen with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, but it was her 28 minute performance that took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
8. Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
With his role as transgender HIV-positive lady Raylon, the Canadian actor won the Oscar for Best Actor despite appearing for just 21 minutes.
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9. Beatrice Straight in Network
In 1976’s Network, Beatrice Straight plays a woman who finds out that her husband has been cheating on her.
She appears on-screen for just 5 minutes, but nevertheless, she got the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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10. Christian Bale in The Big Short
While this movie also featured big names like Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale as Michael Burry is the one that stole the show for critics, to the point of being nominated for Best Supporting Actor even though he appeared in the film for about 25 minutes.
11. Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express
The iconic Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar for her role as the timid Greta Ohlsson, even though she could barely speak English and appeared in the movie for about 5 minutes.
12. Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea
The 37-year-old actress earned the fourth Oscar nomination of her career thanks to her portrayal of Randi, a woman who has experienced a terrible tragedy, even though she appeared for a total of 11 minutes.
13. Janet Leigh in Psycho
Janet Leigh’s shower scene in Psycho is one of the most iconic in cinema history.
Despite this scene being halfway through the movie and not even being 30 minutes long, Leigh still won Best Supporting Actress.
14. Gloria Grahame in The Bad and the Beautiful
With her role as Rosemary Bartlow, despite only appearing for about nine minutes, she still won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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15. Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine
Alan Arkin plays the loving but wild grandfather in 2007’s Little Miss Sunshine. He’s only in the movie for around 15 minutes, but he struck gold with the critics as he was nominated and won Best Supporting Actor.
16. Ruby Dee in American Gangster
The late actress received her first Oscar at the age of 85 as she played Denzel Washington’s character Frank Lucas’ mother, and while she was on screen for just 10 minutes, she definitely stole the show.