The Tallest Oscar Winners of All Time
Jennifer Lawrence, 5’9”
Jennifer was only 22 years old when she won her Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second youngest Best Actress winner in history. Wearing Dior Couture, the Hunger Games star fell as she accepted the accolade, earning a standing ovation from the audience and cementing her place in our hearts.
Julia Roberts, 5’9”
After two nominations for her roles in Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman, Julia’s dramatic breakthrough came in 2001 when she took home the Best Actress Oscar for her powerful performance in Erin Brockovich. Her $20 million salary for the film was a Hollywood milestone, making her the first woman to receive such a sum. And the vintage Valentino dress she wore to collect her award? So iconic, it has its own Wikipedia page.
Cher - 5'9"
We’re admittedly surprised with this one too, but yep, Cher has an acting Oscar under her belt. The Goddess of Pop won Best Actress back in 1988 for her performance in Moonstruck, and was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role a few years previously.
Ingrid Bergman, 5’9”
Celebrated for her beauty, intelligence, box office magnetism and Triple Academy award wins – Best Actress for Gaslight (1945) and Anastasia (1957), Best Supporting Actress for Murder On The Orient Express (1974) – the Swedish actress defined a generation with spellbinding performances. Bringing a “Nordic freshness to Hollywood”, she hit the headlines when she fell pregnant with director Roberto Rossellini, while married to Dr Peter Lindstrom, yet still remains one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 5’9”
Denying Cate Blanchett of an Oscar for 1998’s Elizabeth, the actress, singer, Goop creator, food writer and entrepreneur scooped the Best Actress Award for Shakespeare In Love. Wearing a baby pink Ralph Lauren gown, she sobbed her way through her thank yous, in a speech that has – perhaps unfairly – been panned by critics for insincerity.
Tilda Swinton - 5'10"
A powerhouse actress whose talents know no bounds, Swinton received both an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a ruthless lawyer (on the verge of mental breakdown) in 2007’s Michael Clayton.
Charlize Theron - 5'10"
The South African actress has been on a winning streak over the past decade, delivering masterful performance after masterful performance. Discovered by her agent while having a furious argument with her bank manager over a bounced cheque, Charlize went on to win Best Actress for her role in 2004’s Monster.
Nicole Kidman - 5'11"
Alongside three Golden Globe awards, a BAFTA and a Critic’s Choice award, Nicole has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category three separate times; it was her role as a barely-recognisable Virginia Woolf in 2002’s The Hours that brought home the gold.
Vanessa Redgrave - 5'11"
With more on-screen experience than most of the other entries combined, British acting legend Vanessa Redgrave is a six-time Oscar nominee and recipient of the Best Supporting Actress award for Julia in 1977.
This puts Redgrave in the very short list of stars who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, i.e someone who has received an Emmy, Oscar and a Tony Award over the course of their career. If she wins a Grammy, that’ll make her one of only 13 individuals to have hit all four major awards.
Geena Davis - 6'0"
Geena received a near-countless number of awards and nominations for her fine performance in 1991’s brilliant Thelma & Louise, but her Oscar win came a couple of years previously when she was awarded Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for her part in The Accidental Tourist.
That puts Ms. Davis at the top of the pile for the tallest female actresses to have ever won an Oscar, so next up it’s a few of the gentlemen…
Jack Palance - 6'4"
Palance’s knack for giving an electrifying bad-guy performance earned him two Oscar nominations early into his half-century career. Yet it wasn’t until four decades after his screen debut that he finally struck gold with his supporting role in City Slickers.
Presented the award by a comparatively tiny (5’7”) Billy Crystal, Jack towered over the Oscar host and quipped into the microphone: “Billy Crystal. I crap bigger than him.”
George Kennedy - 6'4"
An accomplished writer and director, George Kennedy picked up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (as well as a Golden Globe) for his performance as Dragline in the 1967 flick Cool Hand Luke. Kennedy is also a licensed pilot to boot, though how he fits into the cockpit of a light aircraft is fun to imagine.
Tim Robbins - 6'5"
And to conclude we come to Tim Robbins - who many of us recognise as Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption – as the tallest actor to have ever received an Academy Award. Standing at an impressive 6’5”, Robbins achieved this record after his 2003 Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in Mystic River. This accolade, however, could be tied with John Wayne who was anywhere between 6’3” and 6’5” (depending on which source you trust!)
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