Oscars recognize older women in top acting categories

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HOLLYWOOD (ABC)– It’s the countdown to the Oscars. A night that often celebrates young, fresh-faced stars. But this year is a little different. The Academy Awards is recognizing more older women in the top acting categories

The star who once said “America doesn’t reward people my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances,” is up for yet another best actress nomination at 68-years-old. But Meryl Streep‘s quote is also contradicted at this year’s Oscars in another category.

The average age of the nominees for best supporting actress this year is 55-years-old.

“Women of a certain age have not had the opportunity men of certain age have always been afforded. That’s finally starting to change and it’s been a long time coming,” said Lesley Messer, ABC Senior Entertainment Editor.

The youngest in the category is Octavia Spencer who’s 45-years-old.

While there have been wins for more senior actresses, the oldest being Jessica Tandy at 80, some see this year as the start of a shift created by better roles, and more options for older actresses .

“I was like look at us now, look at us,” said Allison Janney.

Older actresses are being recognized by stars across mediums and genres.

“Twenty years ago we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. That’s not the case now. We’ve proven that we’re potent, powerful and viable,” said Nicole Kidman.

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