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Child Stars at the Oscars

by Beth Rowen

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Each winter, Hollywood stars get decked out in glamorous gowns and suits, jewelry and hairstyles for film's biggest extravaganza of the year—the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

Although adults dominate the list of nominees and winners, kids have made their mark in Oscar history. Check out these young Oscar contenders. (Actors whose names are in bold won an Oscar.)

Young Oscar Nominees and Winners
Actor Age Film Year
Justin Henry 8 Kramer vs. Kramer 1979
Jackie Cooper 9 Skippy 1931
Mary Badham 10 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
Quinn Cummings 10 The Goodbye Girl 1977
Patty McCormack 10 The Bad Seed 1956
Tatum O’Neal 10 Paper Moon 1973
Abigail Breslin 10 Little Miss Sunshine 2006
Brandon De Wilde 11 Shane 1953
Haley Joel Osment 11 The Sixth Sense 1999
Anna Paquin 11 The Piano 1993
Keisha Castle-Hughes 13 Whale Rider 1999
Jodi Foster 14 Taxi Driver 1976
Patty Duke 16 The Miracle Worker 1962
Jack Wild 16 Oliver! 1968

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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