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11 Youngest Children Who Have Been Nominated For Oscars®

Quvenzhané Wallis - beasts of southern wildQuvenzhané Wallis is 9, and for the rest of her life she will have the title of Oscar® Nominee attached to her name.

She stars as Hushpuppy in Beasts of The Southern Wild, a fantasy film set in the Louisiana bayou.

She almost didn’t get the opportunity to star in the film, as her parents had to lie about her age to get her the audition. Casting directors were seeking girls 6 years old, Wallis was just 5.

Still, director Benh Zeitlin told The Daily Beast that when he auditioned Wallis, he knew he had discovered his star, and even changed the script to better suit her personality.

Watch this interview with Quvenzhané Wallis and get to know this cute, confident, breath of fresh air.

With the Best Actress in A Leading Role nomination, Quvenzhané Wallis is now the youngest Best Actress Nominee of all time. Will she be the youngest ever winner too?

From Haley Joel-Osment, to Anna Paquin, to Tatum O’Neal, to Abigail Breslin, check out the list of the 11 youngest Oscar nominees:

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  • Justin Henry, ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ (1979) 1 of 10
    Justin Henry, 'Kramer vs. Kramer' (1979)
    Age: 8
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actor (Youngest Nominee)
    Justin played Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep's son in the divorce drama. His career high point since he appeared as Molly Ringwald's brother in Sixteen Candles.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Jackie Cooper, ‘Skippy’ (1931) 2 of 10
    Jackie Cooper, 'Skippy' (1931)
    Age: 9
    Nomination: Best Actor (Youngest Winner)
    Cooper started early in Hollywood as one of The Little Rascals. Skippy was based on a popular comic strip of the era. It still remains as the only film based on a comic or graphic novel to be nominated for Best Picture. Jackie Cooper is the earliest still living Oscar nominee in any category, now 82 years after his win.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Mary Badham, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (1962) 3 of 10
    Mary Badham, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962)
    Age: 10
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (Youngest Nominee)
    The film that accompanies the legendary high school must-read, is something virtually all of us have seen. Mary Badham retired from acting soon after this role, but had a lifelong friend in Gregory Peck, whom she reffered to as Atticus.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Tatum O’Neal, ‘Paper Moon’ (1973) 4 of 10
    Tatum O'Neal, 'Paper Moon' (1973)
    Age: 10
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (Youngest Winner)
    Acting with her father Ryan in the depression-era drama had to make things a little more comfortable for O'Neal. Life afterwards, however, would be full of ups and downs. Allegations of sexual abuse by her father's drug dealer when she was 12, and her own drug arrest later in life are spots on an acting career that continues to this day.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Abigail Breslin, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (2006) 5 of 10
    Abigail Breslin, 'Little Miss Sunshine' (2006)
    Age: 10
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
    Abigail started early with a Toys R Us commercial at age 3, and has been working ever since. Little Miss Sunshine was a ray of it during the 2006 Oscar season, when Breslin stole many hearts.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Quinn Cummings, ‘The Goodbye Girl’ (1977) 6 of 10
    Quinn Cummings, 'The Goodbye Girl' (1977)
    Age: 10
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
    Sure, Quinn is a young Oscar nominee, but she is also one of "us" - a blogger. After retiring from acting in 1991, she went on to be a successful inventor (The Hiphugger Baby Carrier) and now contributes to the blogosphere at the QCReport.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Anna Paquin, ‘The Piano’ (1993) 7 of 10
    Anna Paquin, 'The Piano' (1993)
    Age: 11
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
    Anna is the second-youngest female Oscar-winner, behind Tatum O'Neal. Paquin had a few fits and starts after the role before having her career take off in the X Men Trilogy. She's now very-much grown up, with a racy turn on True Blood and much discussion of her real-life romance with co-star Stephen Moyer.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Haley Joel Osment, ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999) 8 of 10
    Haley Joel Osment, 'The Sixth Sense' (1999)
    Age: 11
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actor
    Haley tried to keep the momentum moving with roles in A.I., Pay It Forward, and Forrest Gump, but nothing has managed to maintain his spot in Hollwyood. At 22, Osment has turned to voice and stage work, after suffering a series of arrests for DUI.
    Image via Wikipedia
  • Brandon De Wilde, ‘Shane’ (1953) 9 of 10
    Brandon De Wilde, 'Shane' (1953)
    Age: 11
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actor
    De Wilde died in 1972 in a car accident, a multi-talented loss for the entertainment industry. The role in Shane made Brandon a bonafide Teen Idol that took him to Broadway, and his own sitcom. He was also a museum calling the like of Paul McCartney friend.
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  • Patty McCormack, ‘The Bad Seed’ (1956) 10 of 10
    Patty McCormack, 'The Bad Seed' (1956)
    Age: 11
    Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
    Meet Rhoda Penmark, an 8 year old serial killer. Brian Solomon writes, "The grand-mammy of all messed-up horror movie kids, Rhoda Penmark is a pint-sized terror of biblical proportions. If you think the ADHD-addled rugrats you see roaming shopping malls nowadays are bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet." McCormack has continued acting most recently in Frost/Nixon.
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