Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis’ Academy Award nomination for Beasts of the Southern Wild reminded us that Oscar has a long relationship recognizing outstanding performances by tiny tots. In recent years, Abigail Breslin and Anna Pacquin stand out as precocious winners of the golden trophy, but talented children have received the honor since even before the days of Miracle Worker star Patty Duke. Some of these actors have gone on to future success in various industries and some weren’t so fortunate, but we will always cherish the record of their early glory.
Here are some of the other notable novice nods:
This year the nine-year-old has received a lead actress nomination for Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Louisiana native is the youngest nominee ever in this category, even more impressive when you realize she was only six years old during filming of the movie. Next on her plate is a movie with Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt – not a bad little resume for a tween! If history teaches us anything in this area, it is that Wallis should enjoy her moment and also take time to live her childhood. With a strong family supporting her at home, she could even follow in the successful footsteps of Shirley Temple, or she coforge a new path like independent icon Jodie Foster.