by Max Evry, published on February 9, 2011|
When does a child actor stop being merely precocious and enter the pantheon of acting gods? You know the gods of which we speak; they look down from their mighty pedestals as we shower them with tributes year after year THE OSCAR NOMINEES.
Well, in order to walk through that threshold into Hollywoods elite circle, these young folks have to have chops, serious chops. Or be really, really cute. Either way, it takes sacrifice, hard work and possibly some crazy-ass stage parents.
In honor of this years youthful nominees Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winters Bone), and for your continued cinematified education, we present the youngest ever Academy Award nominees and winners from throughout the history of the awards.
Ellen Page, Juno (2007)
Nomination: Best Actress
Way before she got incepted by Chris Nolan, this spunky Canadian put herself on the radar in 2005 with a savagely intense performance in kid-tortures-pedophile masterpiece Hard Candy. She then took a 180-degree turn with the cute, sassy teen pregnancy comedy Juno, where, thanks to Diablo Codys whip-smart one-liners (Honest to blog?), she secured her place on the A-list, as well as the Academy list. Take our word, shes this generations Jodie Foster, and at age 23 still has a nice cushion of time to prove it.