Favorite Young Perfomance in a Movie

Best acting performance in a movie by an actor 19 years old or younger.

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1Jackie Evancho - The Company You Keep

Robert Redford saw Jackie's PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me - In Concert" on television in his Vancouver hotel room while on location for "The Company You Keep". He had auditioned many others to play his daughter, but hadn't found the right one. He made inquiries, had Jackie submit an audition tape, then flew her out to Vancouver. He cast her when he met her. - Trancas

Really just a supporting role as Robert Redford's 11-year old daughter, but her character is Redford's main motivation throughout the entire movie, so it was vital that she was sympathetic and totally believable.

Jackie Evancho was in Canada 4 days after Robert Redford 1st saw her on his hotel room T.V.. He described her as a "golden haired angel" who suddenly appeared on the screen. This is her 1st major acting role that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. She became her character, "Izzy", on screen.

Helped make us believe Robert Redford was actually her dad! - BobG

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2Henry Thomas - E.T.
3Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and The Chamber of SecretsDaniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
4Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass

A bright up & coming actress who, later in her career, appeared in 2 series of the British teen drama Skins.

5Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terebithia

Josh Hustcherson is a flawless actor. He did a wonderful job in this movie. he was eleven or tewlve years old in this movie! That is amazing.

He did great here but I still don't like him as Peeta in The Hunger Games...
BTT was a great movie and book I almost cried in the book, too.

6Dakota Fanning - War Of The WorldsHannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
7Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth SenseHaley Joel Osment is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in The Sixth Sense..

How did he not win an oscar for his performance is beyond me. His performance made that movie the the hit it was.

I beleive he was the main attraction for this movie. After all, he sees dead people... - funkymonkey

8Anna Paquin - The PianoAnna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, Paquin studied at Hutt Intermediate School and the Wellington Girls' College in New Zealand before moving to Los Angeles during her youth where she studied at Windward School and went ...read more.
9Freddie Highmore - Finding Neverland
10Natalie Portman - LeonNatalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship.

The Contenders

11Noah Ringer - Cowboys & Aliens

Noah was also Aang in The Last Airbender, even though that movie is thought of as a bit naff, Noah still has potential.

12Emma Watson - The Harry Potter seriesEmma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
13Shia LaBeouf - Holes

The acting was very impressive especially for his first movie. They say Transformers was Shia's best movie, but really, I thought this was his best. - vmacmil-1

I'm surpirised he barely got any recognition for this movie. His performance as Stanley Yelnats was awesome! - nallimcamybloc

Shia LaBeouf is a natural performer - docghost

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14Jaden Smith - The Karate Kid
15Dakota Fanning - I Am SamHannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
16Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone
17Leonardo DiCaprio - What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Amazing performance. You must see this movie.

He deserved to win oscar for this!

18Jamie Bell - Billy Elliot
19Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
20Dakota Fanning - Hide and SeekHannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Henry Thomas - E.T.
2. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
3. Emma Watson - The Harry Potter series
Trancas
1. George MacKay - Sunshine on Leith
2. Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass
3. Jack O' Connell - Starred Up
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1. Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass
2. Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terebithia
3. Dakota Fanning - War Of The Worlds
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