Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film

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Young Artist Award for
Best Leading Young Actress
in a Feature Film
The Young Artist Award statuette, depicting a gilded figure of a man displaying a five-pointed star above its head.
Awarded for Outstanding performance by a
juvenile actress in a leading role in a feature film
Country United States of America
Presented by Young Artist Association
First awarded 1979 (for performances in films released during the 1978/1979 season)
Currently held by Tie: Kathryn Newton,
Paranormal Activity 4
& Quvenzhané Wallis,
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Official website YoungArtistAwards.org

The Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film is one of the Young Artist Awards presented annually by the Young Artist Association to recognize a young actress under the age of 21, who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.[1][2][3][4] In its early years, the award was also known as the Youth in Film Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture,[5] as well as by numerous other variations to its title over the years, however, the spirit of the award has remained essentially the same since its inception. Winners are selected by secret ballot of the 125 members of the Young Artist Association as well as former Youth in Film Award/Young Artist Award winners.[4][6]

History[edit]

Throughout the past 34 years, accounting for ties, category splits, and repeat winners, the Young Artist Association has presented a total of 44 "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" awards to 40 different actresses. Winners of the award receive the traditional Young Artist Award statuette; a gilded figure of a man displaying a star above its head, reminiscent of a miniature child-sized Oscar.[7][8][9] The first recipient was Diane Lane, who was honored at the 1st Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1979) for her performance in A Little Romance.[10] The most recent recipients are Kathryn Newton and Quvenzhané Wallis who tied at the 34th Young Artist Awards for their toles in Paranormal Activity 4 and Beasts of the Southern Wild respectively.[11]

Throughout the history of the award, the "Best Young Actress in a Feature Film" category has been "split" several times. Until the 3rd Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1981), nominations for the "Best Young Actress in a Feature Film" award included all actresses, regardless of whether the performance could be perceived to be in either a leading or supporting role.[12] At the 4th Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1982), however, the "Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film" category (not listed on this page) was specifically introduced as a separate award.[13]

In the late 1980s, the category was split for three ceremonies; the 9th Youth In Film Awards ceremony (1987), the 10th Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1988), and the 15th Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1993).[14][15][16] During these three years, the Young Artist Association split the category into a total of four sub-categories; "Best Young Female Superstar in a Motion Picture", "Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama", "Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture: Comedy or Fantasy", and "Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture: Horror or Mystery" (all listed on this page).[14][15][16] However, the association would once again "merge" these various sub-categories back together after the 15th Youth in Film Awards.[17][18]

Beginning with the 14th Youth in Film Awards, the association once again split the category, this time creating a new category to recognize young film actresses age 10 and under in their own separate category.[19] The "Best Young Actress Age 10 and Under in a Feature Film" category (not listed on this page) would become a permanent fixture of the Young Artist Awards and, as of 2012, is still awarded annually.[20] Despite the creation of the "10 and Under" category, some "leading" young actresses under the age of 10 have continued to be nominated as "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film".[21]

Superlatives[edit]

Although today the Young Artist Association has strict age requirements regarding which nominees are eligible for a Young Artist Award nomination, the association did not originally have such specific age restrictions. Today, candidates eligible for a Young Artist Award nomination must be between the ages of 5 and 21 at the time of principal production of the project for which they are nominated.[4] However, the eldest winner of the "Best Young Actress in a Feature Film" award is Lea Thompson, who was 26 years old the night she won for her performance in Some Kind of Wonderful at the 9th Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1987).[14] The youngest winner of a "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" award is Robin Weisman, who was 6 years old the night she won for her performance in Three Men and a Little Lady at the 12th Youth in Film Awards ceremony (1990).[22]

The following list of superlatives is of winners/nominees in the "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" category. Wins/nominations in other Young Artist Award feature film categories, such as "Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film", "Best Young Actress Age 10 and Under in a Feature Film", and "Best Leading Young Actress in an International Feature Film", are not included.

Superlative winners/nominees are listed alphabetically.

Superlative Actress Wins Nominations
Actresses with most "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" wins Thora Birch 2 wins 4 nominations
Anna Chlumsky 2 wins 2 nominations
Dakota Fanning 2 wins 5 nominations
Diane Lane 2 wins 3 nominations
Actress with most "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" nominations Dakota Fanning 2 wins 5 nominations
Actress with most "Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film" nominations
(without winning)
Christina Ricci 0 wins 4 nominations

Winners and nominees[edit]

For the first twenty-three ceremonies, due to the numerous "Television" awards also presented by the Young Artist Association, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years to recognize the traditional television season.[10][23] For example, the 1st Youth in Film Awards, presented in October 1979, recognized performers who appeared on television shows and in feature films that were released between September 1, 1978 and August 31, 1979. Starting with the 24th Young Artist Awards, presented in March 2003, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year, from January 1 to December 31, similar to the eligibility requirement used by the Academy Awards.[24]

Following the Young Artist Association's practice, the films below are listed by year of their qualifying run, which is the year the film was released in the United States, and not by the date of the ceremony, which has traditionally taken place the following calendar year beginning with the 10th Youth in Film Awards ceremony which recognized performances during the 1987/1988 season and took place in 1989.

★ Winners are listed first and highlighted in gold, followed by the other nominees in the category for that year.

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Film Studio
1978 / 1979
(1st)
Diane Lane A Little Romance Warner Bros.
Trini Alvarado Rich Kids United Artists
Mariel Hemingway Manhattan United Artists
Patsy Kensit Hanover Street Columbia Pictures
Brooke Shields Just You and Me, Kid Columbia Pictures
Cindy Smith Benji's Very Own Christmas Story Mulberry Square Productions

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Film Studio
1979 / 1980
(2nd)
Diane Lane Touched by Love Sony Pictures
Jodie Foster Foxes United Artists
Kristy McNichol Little Darlings Paramount Pictures
Brooke Shields The Blue Lagoon Columbia Pictures
1980 / 1981
(3rd)
Kristy McNichol Only When I Laugh Columbia Pictures
Melissa Sue Anderson Happy Birthday to Me Columbia Pictures
Shelby Balik The Incredible Shrinking Woman Universal Studios
Mara Hobel Mommie Dearest Paramount Pictures
Kyle Richards The Watcher in the Woods Walt Disney Pictures
Brooke Shields Endless Love Columbia Pictures
1981 / 1982
(4th)
Aileen Quinn Annie Columbia Pictures
Bridgette Andersen Savannah Smiles Embassy Pictures
Michelle Pfeiffer Grease 2 Paramount Pictures
1982 / 1983
(5th)
Roxana Zal Table for Five Warner Bros.
Katherine Healy Six Weeks Universal Pictures
Diane Lane Rumble Fish Universal Pictures
Ally Sheedy WarGames Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1983 / 1984
(6th)
Molly Ringwald Sixteen Candles Universal Pictures
Drew Barrymore Irreconcilable Differences Warner Bros.
Alison Eastwood Tightrope Warner Bros.
Christina Nigra Cloak & Dagger Universal Pictures
Roxana Zal Testament Paramount Pictures
1984 / 1985
(7th)
Meredith Salenger The Journey of Natty Gann Walt Disney Pictures
Fairuza Balk Return to Oz Walt Disney Pictures
Drew Barrymore Cat's Eye MGM/UA
Joyce Hyser Just One of the Guys Columbia Pictures
Amanda Peterson Explorers Paramount Pictures
1985 / 1986
(8th)
Laura Jacoby Rad TriStar Pictures
Lucy Deakins The Boy Who Could Fly Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Kerri Green Lucas 20th Century Fox
Melora Hardin Papa Was a Preacher LaRose Productions
Elisabeth Harnois One Magic Christmas Walt Disney Pictures
Robyn Lively Wildcats Warner Bros.
Alyssa Milano Commando 20th Century Fox
Heather O'Rourke Poltergeist II: The Other Side Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1986 / 1987
(9th)
Superstar: Lisa Bonet Angel Heart TriStar Pictures
Martha Plimpton The Mosquito Coast Warner Bros.
Kristy Swanson Deadly Friend Warner Bros.
Drama: Lea Thompson Some Kind of Wonderful Paramount Pictures
J. L. Reate The Golden Child Paramount Pictures
Ione Skye River's Edge Hemdale/Island Pictures
Comedy: Maia Brewton Adventures in Babysitting Buena Vista/Touchstone Pictures
Tina Caspary Can't Buy Me Love Touchstone Pictures
Margaret Langrick Harry and the Hendersons Universal Studios
Amanda Peterson Can't Buy Me Love Touchstone Pictures
Horror: Christa Denton The Gate Alliance Entertainment
Carrie Lorraine Dolls Empire Pictures
Jill Schoelen The Stepfather New Century Vista Film Company
1987 / 1988
(10th)
Drama: Hayley Taylor-Block Touch of a Stranger Raven Star
Annabeth Gish Mystic Pizza The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Laura Jane Goodwin Crystalstone Moviestore Entertainment
Marcie Leeds Beaches Touchstone Pictures
Mindy McEnnan World Gone Wild Apollo Pictures
Martha Plimpton Running on Empty Warner Bros.
Julia Roberts Mystic Pizza The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Meredith Salenger A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon 20th Century Fox
Comedy/Fantasy: Mayim Bialik Beaches Touchstone Pictures
Tina Caspary Mac and Me Orion Pictures
Angela Goethals Heartbreak Hotel Touchstone Pictures
Heather Graham License to Drive 20th Century Fox
Alyson Hannigan My Stepmother Is an Alien Columbia Pictures
Lauren Stanley Mac and Me Orion Pictures
Horror/Mystery: Kristy Swanson Flowers in the Attic New World Pictures
Jennifer Banko Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Paramount Pictures
Paula Irvine Phantasm II Universal Studios
Marcie Leeds Near Dark Anchor Bay Entertainment
Ebonie Smith Lethal Weapon Warner Bros.
Shawnee Smith The Blob TriStar Pictures
Brooke Theiss A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master New Line Cinema
1988 / 1989
(11th)
Winona Ryder Great Balls of Fire! Orion Pictures
Blaze Berdahl Pet Sematary Paramount Pictures
Rebecca Harrell Prancer Orion Pictures
Jenny Lewis The Wizard Universal Studios
Robyn Lively Teen Witch Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Sarah Polley The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Columbia Pictures

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Studio
1989 / 1990
(12th)
Robin Weisman Three Men and a Little Lady Touchstone Pictures
Kimberly Cullum The Rapture New Line Cinema
Brooke Fontaine Ghost Dad Universal Pictures
Staci Keanan Lisa United Artists
Lexi Faith Randall The Long Walk Home Miramax Films
1990 / 1991
(13th)
Thora Birch Paradise Buena Vista Pictures
Mikki Allen Regarding Henry Paramount Pictures
Angela Goethals V.I. Warshawki Buena Vista Pictures
Heather Graham Shout Universal Studios
Milla Jovovich Return to the Blue Lagoon Columbia Pictures
Reese Witherspoon Man in the Moon Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1991 / 1992
(14th)
Alisan Porter Curly Sue Warner Bros.
Thora Birch All I Want for Christmas Paramount Pictures
Samantha Mathis This Is My Life 20th Century Fox
Christina Ricci The Addams Family Paramount Pictures
Meadow Sisto Captain Ron Touchstone Pictures
Nicholle Tom Beethoven Universal Studios
1992 / 1993
(15th)
Drama: Ariana Richards Jurassic Park Universal Studios
Clarissa Lassig A Home of Our Own Gramercy Pictures
Kate Maberly The Secret Garden Warner Bros.
Remy Ryan RoboCop 3 Orion Pictures
Alicia Silverstone The Crush Warner Bros.
Comedy: Thora Birch (tie) Hocus Pocus Walt Disney Pictures
Comedy: Christina Vidal (tie) Life with Mikey Touchstone Pictures
Senta Moses Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 20th Century Fox
Amy Sakasitz Dennis the Menace Warner Bros.
Vinessa Shaw Hocus Pocus Walt Disney Pictures
Madeline Zima Mr. Nanny New Line Cinema
1993 / 1994
(16th)
Anna Chlumsky My Girl 2 Columbia Pictures
Alana Austin A Simple Twist of Fate Touchstone Pictures
Zelda Harris Crooklyn Universal Studios
Katherine Heigl My Father the Hero Touchstone Pictures
1994 / 1995
(17th)
Anna Chlumsky Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Universal Studios
Vanessa Lee Chester A Little Princess Warner Bros.
Claire Danes Home for the Holidays Paramount Pictures
Kirsten Dunst Jumanji TriStar Pictures
Nicole Lund Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Universal Studios
Liesel Matthews A Little Princess Warner Bros.
Christina Ricci Casper Universal Studios
Alicia Silverstone Clueless Paramount Pictures
1995 / 1996
(18th)
Michelle Trachtenberg Harriet the Spy Paramount Pictures
Thora Birch Alaska Columbia Pictures
Heather Matarazzo Welcome to the Dollhouse Sony Pictures Classics
Anna Paquin Fly Away Home Columbia Pictures
Mara Wilson Matilda TriStar Pictures
1996 / 1997
(19th)
Mara Wilson A Simple Wish Universal Pictures
Jennifer Love Hewitt I Know What You Did Last Summer Columbia Pictures
Florence Hoath Fairy Tale: A True Story Paramount Pictures
Christina Ricci That Darn Cat Walt Disney Pictures
Jurnee Smollett Eve's Bayou Trimark Pictures
1997 / 1998
(20th)
Lindsay Lohan (tie) The Parent Trap Walt Disney Pictures
Jena Malone (tie) Stepmom Columbia Pictures
Kirsten Dunst Small Soldiers DreamWorks
Jennifer Love Hewitt Can't Hardly Wait Columbia Pictures
Scarlett Johansson The Horse Whisperer Touchstone Pictures
Emily Lipoma Frog and Wombat Pigtail Productions
Leelee Sobieski A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries October Films
Katie Stuart Frog and Wombat Pigtail Productions
1998 / 1999
(21st)
Kimberly J. Brown Tumbleweeds Fine Line Features
Brittany Murphy Girl, Interrupted Columbia Pictures
Natalie Portman Anywhere but Here 20th Century Fox
Christina Ricci Sleepy Hollow Paramount Pictures
Michelle Williams Dick TriStar Pictures

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Studio
1999 / 2000
(22nd)
Elizabeth Huett Social Misfits Our Way Productions
Kirsten Dunst Bring It On Universal Studios
Natalie Portman Where the Heart Is 20th Century Fox
Jamie Renée Smith MVP: Most Valuable Primate Keystone Family Pictures
Mara Wilson Thomas and the Magic Railroad Destination Films
2000 / 2001
(23rd)
Scarlett Johansson (tie) An American Rhapsody Paramount Classics
Emma Watson (tie) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Warner Bros.
Hayden Panettiere Joe Somebody 20th Century Fox
2002
(24th)
Alexa Vega Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Buena Vista Pictures
Amanda Bynes Big Fat Liar Universal Studios
America Ferrera Real Women Have Curves Newmarket Films/HBO Films
Kristen Stewart Panic Room Columbia Pictures
Evan Rachel Wood Little Secrets Columbia Tristar/Samuel Goldwyn
2003
(25th)
Jenna Boyd The Missing Revolution Studios
Dakota Fanning The Cat in the Hat Universal Studios
Rachel Hurd-Wood Peter Pan Universal Studios
Lindsay Lohan Freaky Friday Walt Disney Pictures
Evan Rachel Wood The Missing Universal Pictures
2004
(26th)
Emmy Rossum The Phantom of the Opera Warner Bros.
Emily Browning Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks
Dakota Fanning Man on Fire 20th Century Fox
Carly Schroeder Mean Creek Paramount Classics
Alexa Vega Sleepover Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2005
(27th)
Dakota Fanning Dreamer DreamWorks
Taylor Dooley The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Columbia Pictures
Jordan-Claire Green Come Away Home Haven Films
Q'Orianka Kilcher The New World New Line Cinema
AnnaSophia Robb Because of Winn-Dixie 20th Century Fox
2006
(28th)
Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee Lionsgate
Keisha Castle-Hughes The Nativity Story New Line Cinema
Dakota Fanning Charlotte's Web Paramount Pictures
Brie Larson Hoot New Line Cinema
Sara Paxton Aquamarine Fox 2000 Pictures
Emily Rios Quinceañera Sony Pictures
2007
(29th)
AnnaSophia Robb Bridge to Terabithia Buena Vista Pictures
Gracie Bednarczyk Grace Is Gone The Weinstein Company
Abigail Breslin No Reservations Warner Bros.
Isamar Gonzales Chop Shop Koch-Lorber Films
Kay Panabaker Moondance Alexander 20th Century Fox
Dakota Blue Richards The Golden Compass New Line Cinema
Emma Roberts Nancy Drew Warner Bros.
Saoirse Ronan Atonement Focus Features
2008
(30th)
Dakota Fanning The Secret Life of Bees Fox Searchlight
Abigail Breslin Kit Kittredge: An American Girl New Line Cinema
Madeline Carroll Swing Vote Walt Disney Pictures
Georgie Henley The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Walt Disney Pictures
Keke Palmer The Longshots Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2009
(31st)
Abigail Breslin My Sister's Keeper New Line Cinema
Emma Roberts Hotel for Dogs DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures
Saoirse Ronan The Lovely Bones DreamWorks
Yara Shahidi Imagine That Paramount Pictures
Jolie Vanier Shorts Warner Bros.

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Film Studio
2010
(32nd)
Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Paramount Pictures
Delanie Armstrong Lavanderia Stauros Entertainment
Elle Fanning The Nutcracker in 3D Freestyle Releasing
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Roadside Attractions
Chloë Grace Moretz Kick-Ass Universal Pictures
2011
(33rd)
Chloë Grace Moretz Hugo Columbia Pictures
Jordana Beatty Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Relativity Media
Elle Fanning Super 8 Paramount Pictures
Saoirse Ronan Hanna Focus Features
Ariel Winter The Chaperone Samuel Goldwyn Films
2012
(34th)
Kathryn Newton (tie) Paranormal Activity 4 Paramount Pictures
Quvenzhané Wallis (tie) Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight Pictures
Tara Lynne Barr God Bless America Magnolia Pictures
Kara Hayward Moonrise Kingdom Focus Features
2013
(35th)
Sophie Nélisse (tie) The Book Thief 20th Century Fox
Loreto Peralta (tie) Instructions Not Included Pantelion Films
Annalise Basso Standing Up Aldamisa Entertainment
Megan Charpentier Mama Universal Pictures
Abigail Hargrove World War Z Paramount Pictures

See also[edit]

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