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Oscars 2013: Where have child actors gone post-nom?

In the aftermath of Oscars 2013, which featured the youngest-ever nominee for Best Actress, here's a look at what other under-18 nominees have gone on to do.

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Two younger nominees you may remember from recent awards ceremonies, Saoirse Ronan of “Atonement” and Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit,” have both continued working at a steady pace. Ronan, an Irish actress, has won multiple acting awards in Ireland post-"Atonement" and will be playing the lead role in the movie “The Host,” which is based on the Stephenie Meyer novel of the same name. Steinfeld was cast as Juliet in an upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s play directed by Carlo Carlei and will appear in the new “Ender’s Game” movie, which is due out in November.

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A little further back, actress Jodie Foster, who was nominated at 14 for “Taxi Driver," has gone on to win two Academy awards for Best Actress and transitioned into directing.

As for the boys, Haley Joel Osmont of "The Sixth Sense" had a high-profile career as a child actor, appearing in “Pay it Forward” and “A.I.," which then morphed into him acting in movies such as "Montana Amazon" and doing voiceover work for the video game series “Kingdom Hearts.” Actor Justin Henry from “Kramer vs. Kramer” has continued working as an actor but may be still best known from his early role. In total, only six boys have ever been nominated for a performance, while more than twice as many girls have either won or gotten a nod.

It definitely appears that the star power gained from an Oscar nod gives young actors and actresses a short career boost – whether they are defined by the nomination or manage to emerge from its shadow is another matter entirely.

(To see some slightly silly child acting, check out this video by the website Jest, in which kids interpret this year's Best Picture nominees for other kids.)


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