Some people are just born with talent. Hollywood is full of rising stars who are making lasting careers for themselves long before most people graduate college, and the best young actors and actresses are taking the movie industry by storm. Some of them are still children, holding their own against some of the greatest adult actors in the world. It’s not easy for up and coming actors, but these young talents have managed to beat the odds and show the world that they aren’t messing around.
Some of them have already won awards for the characters they’ve portrayed throughout their short lives. They have worked with Oscar winning mentors and been featured in award winning films and television shows, all before the age of 25. This a collection of the cream of the crop, the best young actors most likely to win an Oscar at some point in their lives. It won’t be long before these talented youths are holding the gold statue and giving the speech of their lifetimes.
Freddie Highmore has done the impossible; he managed to play one of the most creepy-but-revered characters in film history and make the role his own. He portrayed Norman Bates, the insane killer from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho, in the modern TV series based on the feature film, Bates Motel. The show was critically acclaimed and launched the young actor’s career. He is currently starring in the breakout hit The Good Doctor, where he plays a young doctor with autism who struggles to find his place in the brutal world of medicine. He has a phenomenal acting range and a rising career, so it won’t be long before he starts garnering awards.
Call Me by Your Name was one of the most celebrated films of 2017, and young star Timothée Chalamet’s vulnerable portrayal of Elio earned him Best Actor awards from the Austin Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association, the latter in which he was also titled ‘Most Promising Performer.’ Chalamet has a diverse portfolio, having starred in blockbusters as well as indie films. He appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar as well as the highly praised film Lady Bird. In 2018, Chalamet will appear opposite Steve Carell as a meth-addicted teen in Beautiful Boy.
It seems like there is nothing Ezra Miller can’t do. His range has him playing characters all over the emotional spectrum, from the wisecracking Barry Allen in DC’s Justice League to a psychopathic teenager in We Need To Talk About Kevin. His chilling performance as Kevin solidified him as a genuine acting master, and it’s open the door for him to star in some of the biggest franchises in the world. He was brilliant in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where he played a tortured young boy named Credence. There is no doubt that this young man has an Academy Award in his near future.
Jacob Tremblay is not even in his teens and he is already one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. He played a young boy trapped with his mother in a madman’s cellar in 2015’s Room, a role that was so harrowing that you couldn’t help but respect the maturity this young actor brought to the role. He became a critics darling and continued to score leading roles in films like Wonder and Before I Wake. There is no doubt that this young man will go on to have an amazing career, one that will certainly culminate in an Oscar win at some point.
Thanks to the success of Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown has become one of Hollywood’s most revered young actresses. Her character Eleven is an absolute force of nature, and Brown has brought a nuance to the role that even adult actors have trouble capturing. She still hasn’t made her leap to the big screen, but her performance in Stranger Things is so beloved that it’s almost guaranteed that she will be getting roles for years to come.
Talent must run in the Fanning family. The younger sister of Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning has made quite a name for herself. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including JJ Abrams and Sophia Coppola. She’s also been colleagues with a slew of Oscar winners, including Nicole Kidman and Susan Sarandon. Fanning has also shown some serious diversity in her roles, starring in both blockbusters like Super 8 and critically acclaimed dramas like The Beguiled and The Neon Demon.
Stranger Things has produced more child stars than any series in modern history, and Finn Wolfhard is arguably one of the brightest. Not only is he one of the stars of the popular Netflix series, he also appeared in the wildly successful 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. Although his career is still in its infancy, he has already managed to accrue a massive fan base and is likely to star in feature films for years to come.
Game of Thrones is easily one of the most popular television series of all time, and Maisie Williams character Arya Stark is a fan favorite. Her journey from an adventurous little girl to a stone-cold assassin is one of the highlights of a series full of epic plotlines, and that’s all thanks to the charm and charisma of Williams. While she hasn’t starred in many feature films yet, she is set to appear in the X-Men film New Mutants as the mutant Wolfsbane.
One of the many child actors to gain stardom from Stranger Things, Noah Schnapp shines as one of the most brilliant members of an all-star cast. Although he is absent for the majority of Season 1, he more than makes up for it in his stunning performance in the show’s second season. He’s already worked with one of the greatest directors of all time, Steven Spielberg, on his award winning film Bridge of Spies. While he may not be the biggest star to come out of Stranger Things, he is certainly one of the most talented.
Chloë Grace Moretz was the break out star of 2010’s Kickass, where she played a murderous young super-heroine named Hitgirl. She has worked with an impressive amount of Oscar winners including Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, and Denzel Washington. Moretz has shown a remarkable diversity in her roles, shining in comedies like Neighbors 2 as well as dark dramas like Let Me In.
One of Hollywood’s newest talents, Anya Taylor-Joy made her big screen debut in 2015. She starred in the A24’s horror/drama The Witch, a film widely regarded as one of the best horror movies of the decade. Since then, she’s managed to roles in major films like M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Netflix’s Barack Obama biopic Barry. The talented young actress will also appear the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, New Mutants. While her résumé is still growing, she has already exhibited some remarkable acting chops.
John Boyega is still a relative newcomer to American cinema, but his starring roles in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi made him an instant household name. One of his first major roles was in the sci-fi/comedy Attack the Block!, but he has shown some serious dramatic range in his career. He starred in 2017’s Detroit, a critically acclaimed drama from Academy Award winning director Katherine Bigelow. He’s also worked with award winning director Guillermo Del Toro on the Pacific Rim films, making him the unofficial king of science fiction.