Number of Best Actor Oscar winners who directed their own performances:

Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby"(2004); Laurence Olivier, "Hamlet"(1948), Roberto Benigni, "Life is Beautiful"(1999).
Source: St. Petersburg Times, 2/27/2005

  Youngest actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress:

Marlee Matlin
Matlin was 21 when she won for 1987's "Children of a Lesser God."
Source: The Advertiser, 1/29/2004

  First African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress:

Halle Berry
Berry won in 2002 for "Monster's Ball."
Source: Boston Herald, 2/27/2005

  First African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor:

Sidney Poitier
Poitier won in 1964 for "Lilies of the Field."
Source: Sacramento Bee, 2/28/2005