The new stars of Sundance -- A look at the breakout actors and actresses from the 25th annual film festival

By Missy Schwartz
Updated February 03, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
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Abigail Breslin WHY Already dubbed ”The Next Dakota Fanning” by one publication, the 9-year-old New Yorker — who got her start in 2002’s Signs — is refreshingly uncloying as Little Miss Sunshine‘s dance-a-holic title character.

Jeffrey Donovan WHY After endless TV guest spots (including, bless him, Witchblade), the Massachusetts native puts on a Southern twang to play Ashley Judd’s lover in Joey Lauren Adams’ directorial debut, Come Early Morning.

Shareeka Epps WHY Don’t accuse us of being nuts for child stars, but Epps’ feature debut as an uncannily wise eighth grader who bonds with a troubled history teacher (Ryan Gosling) in Half Nelson made her the talk of the festival.

Anton Yelchin WHY Okay, fine, we’re kiddie-star obsessed: The 16-year-old’s portrayal of a kid from the Valley who picks the wrong time to sneak out of his bedroom window in Alpha Dog elicits both laughs and tears.

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