The 21-year-old is only eclipsed by Anthony Murphy, who was just 17 when he prevailed for “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in 1973, which was also his first and only acting role. Younger performers historically haven’t fared well in this category, which was first awarded in 1955; veterans and middle-aged men have been the primary recipients. Only 12 men in their 30s have won — including the past two years for Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) and Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) — and twentysomethings are rarely even nominated.
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