22 Child Actors Who Were Nominated for Oscars

Though child are a dime a dozen, a true child star can steal a scene – and even an entire . This list is a list of children nominated for , loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several great actors and actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards when they were still under the age of 18. A few of these young thespians even took home the golden statue. Some of these children with Oscars were nominated for lead roles, while other stole scenes with supporting parts. Whether these talented kids continued acting for their whole lives or stopped shortly after their Academy Award nominations, their performances are forever remembered as the best of the best.

Who is the most famous child who was nominated for an Oscar? Anna Paquin tops our list. At just 11 years old, Paquin won the Academy Award for Best in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1993  The Piano. She has since gone on to have a successful acting career as an adult, most notably playing the role of Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood.

Six-year-old Shirley Temple took home an Honorary Juvenile Academy Award in 1935. At the time, she already had dozens of under her belt, including the famous Bright Eyes. She holds the record for the youngest person to ever win an Oscar. 11-year old Haley Joel Osment was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense.

Anna Paquin

11-year-old Anna Paquin won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Flora, the daughter of a mute, in the 1993 film The Piano.

Jodie Foster

14-year-old Jodie Foster was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Iris, a teenage prostitute, in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

As an adult, she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). She was also nominated for her starring role in Nell (1994).

Haley Joel Osment

11-year-old Haley Joel Osment was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cole, a boy who can see dead , in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense.

Shirley Temple

6-year-old Shirley Temple took home an Honorary Juvenile Academy Award in 1935. She holds the record for the youngest person to ever win an Oscar.

Hailee Steinfeld

14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Mattie, a girl seeking her father’s murderer, in the 2010 film True Grit.

Abigail Breslin

10-year-old Abigail Breslin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.

Saoirse Ronan

13-year-old Saoirse Ronan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 2007 film Atonement.
13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 2003 film Whale Rider.

Quvenzhané Wallis

9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Tatum O’Neal

10-year old Tatum O’Neal won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Addie Loggins, the daughter of a con man, in the 1973 film Paper Moon.

Hayley Mills

14-year-old Hayley Mills took home an Honorary Juvenile Academy Award in 1961 for her performance inPollyanna.
16-year-old Patty Duke won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1962 film The Miracle Worker.

Justin Henry

8-year-old Justin Henry was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer.

Jackie Cooper

9-year-old Jackie Cooper was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the 1930 film Skippy.

Sal Mineo

17-year-old Sal Mineo was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.

Jack Wild

16-year-old Jack Wild was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1935 film Oliver!.

Patty McCormack

11-year-old Patty McCormack was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1956 film The Bad Seed.

Bonita Granville

14-year-old Bonita Granville was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1936 film These Three.

Quinn Cummings

10-year-old Quinn Cummings was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl.

Brandon deWilde

11-year old Brandon deWilde was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1953 film Shane.

Mary Badham

10-year old Mary Badham was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ivan Jandl

12-year old Ivan Jandl took home an Honorary Juvenile Academy Award in 1949 for his performance in The Search.