Oscar®-Inspired Baby Name Ideas
The Oscars are right around the corner, which has everyone chatting about prestigious celebrities and nostalgic Old Hollywood Glamour.
And if you’re on the look-out for the perfect baby name, your ears might perk up.
Because when you’re looking for baby names, everything becomes inspiration — TV credits, magazine articles, and especially movie stars. With the Oscars, we’re not just talking about ordinary celebrities, but the most famous and talented movie stars in history. Names that ooze glamour and success and more success.
So in honor of the Oscars, here are some of the most Oscar-worthy baby name ideas for your million dollar baby:
Oscar-Inspired GIRL Names
The most iconic women’s names in Oscar history…
As in, Scarlett O’Hara — one of the most classic movie characters of all time, from 10x 1939 Oscar winner Gone with the Wind. Gone With the Wind is also the longest movie to win Best Picture, clocking in at 234 minutes.
Annie Hall — winner of four Academy Awards in 1978, including Best Picture — is regularly regarded as Woody Allen’s best work. And Annie (played by Diane Keaton) is one of the most iconic characters of all time.
Annie could also be a nod to current Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway.
Meryl Streep — one of the most, if not thee most, highly regarded actresses of our time — has been nominated for more Oscars + Golden Globes than any other actor in history. If she wins on Sunday, she’ll be tied with Katherine Hepburn for the most Oscar wins by an actress.
Costume Designer Edith Head holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a woman — 7 wins, 25 nominations — from the 40s to the 70s.
Although Ingrid Bergman is most known for her work in Casablanca (a movie that won three Academy Awards in 1944), her acting has won her three Oscars throughout her career.
Rose — Kate Winslet’s character in Titanic — was in one of the most successful films in Oscar history, with 11 Oscar wins and 14 Oscar nominations.
The 1950 movie All About Eve is tied with Titanic for most nominations, and it secured 6 wins.
Bette Davis (pronounced like Betty) was nominated 10 times, and won twice — in 1935 and 1938.
You could also pronounce it like Bette Midler (without the -y ending), who was nominated for two Oscars herself.
So far, the youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O’Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress at 10 years old for Paper Moon in 1973.
(If Quevenzhane Wallis wins on Sunday for Beasts of the Southern Wild, she’ll be the youngest Best Actress winner at 9 years old.)
Marlee Matlin is the current youngest Best Actress winner (again, Quevenzhane could steal that title on Sunday) for her 1986 performance in Children of a Lesser God. She was also the first deaf woman to win the title.
Gloria Stuart holds the record for oldest Oscar nominee (in any acting category) for her 1997 supporting actress nomination for Titanic. The oldest winner in any acting category goes to the incomparable Christopher Plummer, who won last year at the age of 82.
Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress to win an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress in Gone With The Wind in 1940.
Sally Fields will forever be a part of Oscars history for her infamous “You like me! You really like me!” speech in 1985. She’s also nominated again this year for her role in Lincoln.
Oscar-Inspired BOY Names
Name ideas for your future black-tie gentleman.
Walt Disney holds the record for most Academy Award wins: 45 nominations and 19 Oscars (plus four honorary awards), according to IMDB. In fact, he was nominated in 22 consecutive years.
Although it wasn’t possible for him to win an Oscar in his lifetime, there’s no doubt that Charlie Chaplin monumentally influenced the film industry. So much so that he won an honorary award at the first-ever Academy Awards.
Clint Eastwood was the oldest director to take home an Oscar (at 74 for Million Dollar Baby), and he was one of the rare actors to be nominated for Best Actor and Best Director in the same film — which he was, twice.
In honor of John Ford — the most awarded director in Oscar history.
Adrien Brody was the youngest Best Actor winner, at 29 years old for The Pianist.
The most nominated character in Oscar history is King Henry VIII — Charles Laughton, Robert Shaw, and Richard Burton have all been nominated for playing him.
Although Martin Scorsese has (shockingly) only won one Oscar, he’s guided 20 actors to Oscar nominations — which is a pretty fantastic track record. (Only beat by William Wyler, who had directed 36 actors to nominations.)
Honor Tom Hanks with his second Oscar-winning role, Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump won 6 Oscars in 1995 — including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture — and was nominated for 13, according to IMDB.
Many critics are claiming that Daniel Day-Lewis is the sure Best Actor winner for Sunday night (for his role in Lincoln, of course), but he’s also won two previous Oscars (in 1990 and 2008), and has been nominated an additional two times. Many consider him to be one of the greatest actors of our time.
Jack Nicholson has won more Oscars than any living male actor (3). (Daniel Day-Lewis could tie Jack if he wins on Sunday.) And let’s not forget, the name “Jack” could also be inspired by Jack Dawson — the protagonist in Oscar darling Titanic.
Obviously, right? The Academy officially named the iconic golden trophy “Oscar” in 1939.
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