17 Youngest Oscar Nominees Of All Time

Most people under the age or 18 are busy with school, homework, and hanging out with their friends at the playground or the mall.

But these 17 talented kids? They spent their childhood acting, and doing a pretty darn good job at it — so good that their work earned them an Academy Award nomination.

From ages 8 to 16, these actresses and actors were all nominated (and some even won!) for an Oscar award.  Check out our round up after the jump: Who is your favorite kid star on the list?nggallery id=’117247′

  • Justin Henry: Age 8 1 of 17
    Justin Henry: Age 8
    In 1979 Justin Henry was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his role as the adorable little boy in the family drama Kramer vs. Kramer.
  • Jackie Cooper: Age 9 2 of 17
    Jackie Cooper: Age 9
    In 1931, Jackie Cooper was nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role for his acting in Skippy.

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  • Abigail Breslin: Age 10 3 of 17
    Abigail Breslin: Age 10
    Not that long ago — in 2006 — Abigail Breslin got an Oscar nod for her sweet and heartwarming role of pageant winner-wannabe Olive in Little Miss Sunshine .

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  • Mary Badham: Age 10 4 of 17
    Mary Badham: Age 10
    In 1962, Mary Badham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the spunky and ever-endearing Scout in the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  • Tatum O’Neal: Age 10 5 of 17
    Tatum O'Neal: Age 10
    Tatum O'Neal is the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award for a performance. She was just 10-years-old when she won the Oscar for her role (alongside her dad, Ryan O'Neal) in Paper Moon.
  • Quinn Cummings: Age 10 6 of 17
    Quinn Cummings: Age 10
    Back in 1977, the young actress Quinn Cummings was nominated for her role as the daughter in The Goodbye Girl.

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  • Brandon de Wilde: Age 11 7 of 17
    Brandon de Wilde: Age 11
    In 1953, Brandon De Wilde was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his work in the classic western Shane.

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  • Anna Paquin: Age 11 8 of 17
    Anna Paquin: Age 11
    Anna Paquin is a great example of an actress who continued to work and to be not just a successful child actress but a successful adult as well. At the age of 11, Anna became the second youngest person to receive an Oscar for her role in the 1993 film The Piano.

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  • Patty McCormack: Age 11 9 of 17
    Patty McCormack: Age 11
    Patty McCormack was amazing in the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed, she got a nomination but not the actual award.
  • Haley Joel Osment: Age 11 10 of 17
    Haley Joel Osment: Age 11
    Remember when this kid was taking Hollywood by storm as one of the top child actors? At the age of 11, Haley Joel Osment was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his eerie performance in The Sixth Sense.
  • Saoirse Ronan: Age 13 11 of 17
    Saoirse Ronan: Age 13
    In 2008, the young actress Saoirse Ronan got a nod for her role as Briony Tallis in Atonement. Being nominated alongside seasoned actresses such as Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett isn't a bad way to start out your teen years!

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  • Keisha Castle-Hughes: Age 13 12 of 17
    Keisha Castle-Hughes: Age 13
    13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes went from being a completely amateur undiscovered actress to walking the red carpet at the Oscars when she was nominated for a Best Actress in a Leading Role for her moving performance in 2003's Whale Rider.

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  • Hailee Steinfeld: Age 14 13 of 17
    Hailee Steinfeld: Age 14
    Just last year, the up-and-coming actress Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for her part in the western True Grit.

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  • Bonita Granville: Age 14 14 of 17
    Bonita Granville: Age 14
    Bonita Granville may not be a household name today, but way back in 1936, this talented young actress was nominated for her performance in These Three for playing a conniving schoolgirl who tries to ruin the lives of her teachers with rumors.
  • Jodie Foster: Age 14 15 of 17
    Jodie Foster: Age 14
    Jodie Foster's tragic role in Martin Scorsese's classic Taxi Driver earned her a nomination back in 1976.
  • Jack Wild: Age 16 16 of 17
    Jack Wild: Age 16
    Jack Wild gave an amazing performance in the film version of the Dickens' classic Oliver. It was so good that he got an Oscar nod in the form of a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

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  • Patty Duke: Age 16 17 of 17
    Patty Duke: Age 16
    Everyone has heard the story of Helen Keller, but Patty Duke's portrayal of the inspirational girl who struggled with being both blind and deaf in The Miracle Worker was so moving that she was given the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award in 1962.
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