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Poll: Shortest Oscar Winning Performances (Part 1)

These actors certainly made the most of their limited screen time. They won an Oscar for a performance that lasted under 25 minutes. Whose performance impressed you the most?

*Each actor's approximate screen time is listed below, performances are listed in chronological order

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  1. Vote!

    Claude Rains and Gale Sondergaard in Anthony Adverse (1936)

    Gale Sondergaard as Faith (Supporting actress)

    13 minutes

  2. Vote!

    "Life of Emile Zola, The" Joseph Schildkraut 1937 Warner Bros. **I.V.

    Joseph Schildkraut as Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (Supporting actor)

    15 minutes

  3. Vote!

    Alice Brady in In Old Chicago (1938)

    Alice Brady as Molly O'Leary (Supporting actress)

    21 minutes

  4. Vote!

    Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind (1939)

    Hattie McDaniel as Mammy (Supporting actress)

    22 minutes

  5. Vote!

    Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1941)

    Van Heflin as Jeff Hartnett (Supporting actor)

    24 minutes

  6. Vote!

    Ethel Barrymore in "None But the Lonely Heart" 1944 RKO **I.V.

    Ethel Barrymore as Ma Mott (Supporting actress)

    24 minutes

  7. Vote!

    Celeste Holm in Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

    Celeste Holm as Anne Dettrey (Supporting actress)

    15 minutes

  8. Vote!

    Claire Trevor in Key Largo (1948)

    Claire Trevor as Gaye Dawn (Supporting actress)

    17 minutes

  9. Vote!

    Mercedes McCambridge in All the King's Men (1949)

    Mercedes McCambridge as Sadie Burke (Supporting actress)

    22 minutes

  10. Vote!

    Gloria Grahame in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

    Gloria Grahame as Rosemary (Supporting actress)

    9 minutes

  11. Vote!

    Donna Reed in From Here to Eternity (1953)

    Donna Reed as Alma (Supporting actress)

    18 minutes

  12. Vote!

    Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity (1953)

    Frank Sinatra as Angelo Maggio (Supporting actor)

    20 minutes

  13. Vote!

    Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden (1955)

    Jo Van Fleet as Kate (Supporting actress)

    15 minutes

  14. Vote!

    Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life (1956)

    Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin (Supporting actor)

    22 minutes

  15. Vote!

    Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara (1957)

    Miyoshi Umeki as Katsumi (Supporting actress)

    16 minutes

  16. Vote!

    David Niven in Separate Tables (1958)

    David Niven as Major Angus Pollock (Leading actor)

    23 minutes

  17. Vote!

    Wendy Hiller in Separate Tables (1958)

    Wendy Hiller as Pat Cooper (Supporting actress)

    21 minutes

  18. Vote!

    Hugh Griffith in Ben-Hur (1959)

    Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim (Supporting actor)

    16 minutes

  19. Vote!

    Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry (1960)

    Shirley Jones as Lulu Bains (Supporting actress)

    14 minutes

  20. Vote!

    Rita Moreno in West Side Story (1961)

    Rita Moreno as Anita (Supporting actress)

    24 minutes

  21. Vote!

    "Hud" Patricia Neal 1963 Paramount Pictures

    Patricia Neal as Alma Brown (Leading actress)

    21 minutes

  22. Vote!

    Margaret Rutherford in The V.I.P.s (1963)

    Margaret Rutherford as The Duchess of Brighton (Supporting actress)

    13 minutes

  23. Vote!

    Shelley Winters in A Patch of Blue (1965)

    Shelley Winters as Rose-Ann D'Arcey (Supporting actress)

    15 minutes

  24. Vote!

    Martin Balsam in A Thousand Clowns (1965)

    Martin Balsam as Arnold (Supporting actor)

    10 minutes

  25. Vote!

    Estelle Parsons in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

    Estelle Parsons as Blanche (Supporting actress)

    21 minutes

  26. Vote!

    Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet (Supporting actress)

    15 minutes

  27. Vote!

    Helen Hayes in Airport (1970)

    Helen Hayes as Ada Quonsett (Supporting actress)

    20 minutes

  28. Vote!

    Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show (1971)

    Ben Johnson as Sam the Lion (Supporting actor)

    10 minutes

  29. Vote!

    Cloris Leachman in The Last Picture Show (1971)

    Cloris Leachman as Ruth Popper (Supporting actress)

    16 minutes

  30. Vote!

    Joel Grey in Cabaret (1972)

    Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies (Supporting actor)

    19 minutes

  31. Vote!

    John Houseman in The Paper Chase (1973)

    John Houseman as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. (Supporting actor)

    16 minutes

  32. Vote!

    Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

    Ingrid Bergman as Greta (Supporting actress)

    17 minutes

  33. Vote!

    Lee Grant in Shampoo (1975)

    Lee Grant as Felicia (Supporting actress)

    16 minutes

  34. Vote!

    Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched (Leading actress)

    22 minutes

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