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Quvenzhane Wallis joins a storied list of child actors — Jodie Foster, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Anna Paquin among them — who the Academy saw, heard, and honored
Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:00pm EDT
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Just 6 years old when she filmed Beasts of the Southern Wild, her first movie, Wallis's nomination made her the youngest Best Actress nominee ever.
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O'Neal famously played an orphan opposite her real-life dad Ryan in her acting debut, and went on to become the youngest winner in Oscar history.
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As if the award wasn't enough, he had one of the most memorable lines in movie history: ''I see dead people.''
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Hughes' heart-wrenching performance as Maori preteen Pai almost got her the gold.
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This Busby Berkeley production was one of Rooney's many pairings with Judy Garland but the only one to get him an Oscar nomination.
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Her iconic turn as an underage prostitute was both controversial and award-worthy.
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His role as a kid caught in an ugly divorce made him the youngest nominee in any category ever... and that record still stands.
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He took a role as a rebel pianist and affected a generation.
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His Artful Dodger did win him a BAFTA and Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.
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Lots of stories about things off-camera on that set exist but it was Mineo's death scene as the troubled Plato in the arms of James Dean's Stark that won acclaim.
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The soon-to-be star's portrayal of a mentally challenged teen garnered him his first nomination and portended great things.
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Long before there were vamps and fairies in her life, Paquin held her own against Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel and walked away with a golden statue.
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The young actress will forever own the role of the young blind and deaf girl Helen Keller, which she played opposite Anne Bancroft as the teacher Anne Sullivan.
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She played one of literature's most endearing and enduring tomboys, Scout, and won viewers' hearts, if not the Oscar.
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Cummings got her Oscar nod for playing a precocious little girl in the comedy based on a Neil Simon play. Her co-star Richard Dreyfuss' performance landed him at the Academy Awards too.
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Her would-be beauty pageant queen didn't take home a prize but she was all the rage that year.
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She set the standard for creepy kid roles with her homicidal Rhoda.
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She played the meddling little girl who alters the lives of those around her with one misguided act.
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Her beastly little girl deliberately set about the ruination of the adults in her world.
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There was nothing but Oscar talk for her role as a hill country girl who had the weight of the world on her shoulders.
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Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy nomination. He'd remain the youngest nominee for almost 50 years.
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De Wilde got a nod for his role in the old-school Western.