Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964)
Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968)
Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (1986)
in a controversial decision, was allowed to become
a voting member of the Academy prior to the release of her first film.
She won the Oscar in a tie with Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter.
Presumably, she voted for herself; so if the Academy hadn't let
her join so early, she wouldn't have won.
sources list Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, 1983) and
Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996) as winning the Best Actor Award
for their film debuts. But Kingley's first film was Fear is the Key (1972)
and Rush's was Hoodwink (1981).
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