8 child stars who were nominated for Oscars: Where are they now?

Considered a prodigy of their time, each of these actors were able to forge a very successful career after receiving a nod from the Academy for their impressive work

By Miguel Robles

- April 24 , 2021 - 09:00 hs
Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment (AP)

The Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to remember all those actors, directors and the people involved in the film industy that made history. One of these cases is child actors, who have been nominated to receive an Academy Award, even though there is not a specific category regarding their age.

The talent of these young actors has spoken for itself, making them compete in categories with other adults. But, where are they now? Here is a list of 8 of the most prominent child stars the film industry not only has forged but also recognized as the most talented child actors, and a brief description of their whereabouts.

Haley Joel Osment


We all remember this young actor who went on to earn a nomination for his portrayal of Cole Sear in the film 'The Sixth Sense', a film who not only made M. Night Shyamalan a superstar but also gave Osment the opportunity to say one of the most iconic lines in move history: “I see dead people”. Even though the actor received his nomination when he was 10 years old, Haley Joel Osment has continued acting in movies and TV shows. He appeared in some movies while he was a kid such as Steven Spielberg's “A.I.”, but more recently we've seen him appear in TV shows like 'The X-Files', 'The Kominsky Method' and 'The Boys'.

Tatum O'Neal


In 1973, O'Neal received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her participation in the film 'Paper Moon'. And even though she hasn't appeared more frequently in film or TV series like others in this list, every character she has done has stuck in the memory of the audience. Like her participation in TV series such as '8 Simple Rules', 'Criminal Minds' or the infamous Kyra who shoe-shames Carrie Bradshaw on 'Sex and the City'.

Anna Paquin


Paquin won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress after playing Flora McGrath on Jane Campion's 'The Piano', a movie that also earned a nomination for Best Picture but lost to 'Schindler's List'. However, the nod not only pushed Paquin to stardom when she was 12 years old, bu was also the beginning of shaping a very interesting career in film and television. Recently, aside from watching her portrayal of Rogue in the first 'X-Men' installments, we saw her star the HBO vampire series 'True Blood', which ran for seven seasons; she also appeared in the latest film by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman.

Jodie Foster


Her role of Iris in Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', as a child prostitute named Iris, garnered a nod from the Academy for Best Supporting Actress. Even though she didn't win the award, Foster immediately was recognized as a child prodigy, and started shaping one of the most prolific careers in cinema. Later in life, Foster went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Actress, thanks to her participation in the films 'The Silence of the Lambs', and 'The Accused'; the actor has been very active through the years, and we will be able to see her in the legal drama titled “The Mauritanian”, directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Keisha Castle-Hughes


Her first role in movies garnered a nomination for Best Actress; it was in for movie Whale Rider, although she lost her chance to receive the Oscar to Charlize Theron, who went on to win for the movie 'Monster'. However, since then, Keisha has been able to forge a solid career in Hollywood, appearing in several prominent movies such as 'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith', or the HBO series 'Game of Thrones'. Today, Castle-Hughes stars in the american crime drama series 'FBI: Most Wanted'.

Abigail Breslin


Even though her career started in 2002, when she played the role of Bo Hess in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Signs', along Joaquin Phoenix and Mel Gibson, the Academy finally gave her a nod after her portrayal of the enchanting Olive Hoover in the endearing film 'Little Miss Sunshine'. From then on, the actress has been very active on film and television, playing a wide range of character in different genres. Lately we saw her in the sequel of Ruben Fleischer's 'Zombieland', and we will be able to see her in the film 'Stillwater' alongside Matt Damon and Camille Cottin.

Saoirse Ronan


The moment Saoirse Ronan appeared on screen, she immediately mesmerized the Academy. She has been an Oscar's favorite since her portrayal of Briony Tallis at age 13 in 'Atonement'; since then, not only her career has skyrocketed in terms of success, but her choice of roles and projects have made hers a very solid and respectable actor's trajectory. Recently we saw her in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of 'Little Women', starring alongside an ensemble cast consisting of Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. She will participate in the upcoming film by Wes Anderson, titled 'The French Dispatch'.

Hailee Steinfeld


When she was 14 years, Steinfeld received a nomination for her portrayal of Mattie Ross, alongside Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, in the latest adaptation of 'True Grit' by the brothers Coen. From then on, she went to star in other successful films such as 'Pitch Perfect 2', 'Bumblebee' and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' as the voice of Gwen Stacy. We will be able to see her portray again her role as Spider-Gwen in the Marvel animated sequel.

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Miguel Robles

I began my journey as a journalist 15 years ago, when I started as a staff writer for OPEN Magazine. I was able to escalate up to the point of becoming the editor in chief of the magazine. Always adjusting to cope with changes in the industry. Trying to make strong connections with the people, and bringing voice to minorities through storytelling.

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