Quvenzhané WallisAt 9 years old, “Beats of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis is currently the youngest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history.
In 2004, Keisha Castle-Hughes became the second youngest Best Actress nominee when she earned a nod for “Whale Rider" at the age of 13.
In 1987, 21-year-old “Children of a Lesser God” star Marlee Matlin became the youngest Best Actress winner in history. She is also the first deaf winner.
Mickey Rooney was 19 years old when he earned a Best Actor nomination for the musical “Babes in Arms” in 1940.
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Haley Joel Osment was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the 1999 horror film “The Sixth Sense” at the age of 11. He cried when he didn't win!
Abigail Breslin was 10 when she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 2006 comedy “Little Miss Sunshine.”
"True Blood" star Anna Paquin took home Best Supporting Actress for the 1993 drama “The Piano" when she was 11. She is currently the second youngest Oscar winner in history.
Jackie CooperoIn 1931, 9-year-old Jackie Cooper earned a nod for the film “Skippy,” making him the youngest Best Actor nominee of all time.
In 1974, Tatum O’Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history when at 10 years old she earned the Best Supporting Actress award for “Paper Moon.”
In 1980, 8-year-old Justin Henry became the youngest nominee of all time when he earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”
Throughout Oscar history a number of child stars and young adult actors have been recognized for their performances. Quvenzhané Wallis of “Beats of the Southern Wild” is the latest young talent to earn a nomination for the coveted statue.
Here’s a look back at some of the youngest Academy Award nominees and winners of all time.