By Joey Magidson
As 2012 was wrapping up, I took a look at some of the older members of the industry that were top-tier contenders for citation by the Academy. Today I’m back with the other side of the coin: A list of the top 10 performances by pre-teens that Oscar wound up nominating. Unlike the subjects of that older piece (no pun intended), they didn’t have much experience, but like many of those highlighted in the aforementioned article, they still managed to capture the hearts of many voters.
It’s much harder for younger contenders to get noticed than their older counterparts. Academy members seem to loathe nominating pre-teens unless the work is a real standout and they’re head-over-heels for the film of which the performance is a part. They also prefer to sort of ghettoize younger candidates into the Supporting categories as opposed to the Lead ones, something senior actors and actresses know about all too well.