Friday, January 25, 2013
Just Because: Children & The Oscars
9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest Oscar nominee ever. I have not seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, but I am sure she is amazing in it. There have been many child stars who have given incredible performances, Justin Henry in Kramer Vs Kramer (below) and Anna Paquin in The Piano. Why is it then, that it bugs me whenever anyone under 12 or 13 gets a major acting award nomination. I don't doubt their talent, but at 9 it is more instinctual than an actual acquired skill.
There are many child stars who grow up to exhibit very little acting skill even though at 8, they were considered brilliant. I wish the Academy would put an age limit on who can be nominated for a major acting award. I am not a fan of precocious, and I question whether Quinn Cummings or Tatum O'Neal ever had any actual talent or was it just a great match of child with role. The answer is only something age can really answer.