11 Actors Who Appeared In Only a Few Scenes But Went on to Win Oscars

Let’s see which of the actors and actresses managed to convince film critics and viewers into believing they deserve to win an Oscar in the shortest amount of screen time.

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Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) — 21 minutes

Jared Leto got an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while appearing on the screen for only 21 minutes.

In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. “I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live … life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women’s clothing,” Leto says.

Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) — 21 minutes

Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton (2007) — 18 minutes

Award for Best Supporting Actress in Michael Clayton goes to Tilda Swinton and her stellar 18 minutes of screen time!

Lee Grant in Shampoo (1975) — 18 minutes

Yet another Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on the list. Lee Grant was seen on the screen for mere 18 minutes, but that was clearly more than enough.

Lee Grant in Shampoo (1975) — 18 minutes

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) — 16 minutes

Anthony Hopkins got an Oscar in the nomination “Best Actor” for portraying one of the most iconic antagonists ever — Hannibal Lecter.

Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables (2012) — 15 minutes

It took Hathaway 15 minutes in a 154-minute movie to earn herself an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables (2012) — 15 minutes

Kim Basinger in LA Confidential (1997) —15 minutes

A role in LA Confidential has earned Kim Basinger a nice little Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

 Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) — 14 minutes

Fourteen minutes of screen time, which is only 10% off a 128-minute movie, was all it took for Ingrid Bergman to get an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

 Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) — 14 minutes

Jack Palance in City Slickers (1991) — 12 minutes

Jack Palance was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. You think 12 minutes is a short role for that? Just you wait; the Big Three are coming!

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998) — 8 minutes

In a 123-minute movie, Judi Dench appeared on the screen for only 8 minutes. Long story short — she got an Oscar.

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998) — 8 minutes

Beatrice Straight in Network (1976) — 5 minutes

Winning an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in just five minutes! That’s insane but wait, there’s more.

Hermione Baddeley in Way Up (1959) —140 seconds

2 minutes 20 seconds — this is truly an unbeatable record!

Hermione Baddeley in Way Up (1959) —140 seconds

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