The year 2016 actually saw quite an upswing in young children acting in both TV and movies, so this category is filled with a bright future for the entertainment community.
Here are your runners-up and the winner of the “I See Kid Actors” Award for 2016.
#6. The Boys from Stranger Things. Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Metarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp. These four young boys are one of the major reasons why Strangers Things was such an amazing hit. They boys were so relatable that we all fell in love with them immediately and cared what would happen to them.
#5. Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil). She was really creepy in this surprise sequel. This movie works in part because of the great performance by this young girl. Who would have guessed it? The trailer for this film looked horrendous and yet Ouija was all kinds of entertaining.
#4. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street). Ferdia had to carry this film and he did a brilliant job of it. This was Ferdia’s film, including the singing and Sing Street succeeded beyond all wish. Not only did he carry Sing Street, but it was his film debut. He has a bright future in the entertainment business.
#3. Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys). Rice was one of the best parts about The Nice Guys and she held her own opposite Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. That is asking a lot of a young actress. And we will be seeing more of her because she has the role of Betty Brant in the upcoming Spider-man: Homecoming film.
#2. Neel Sethi (Jungle Book). This performance is all the more impressive when you realize that the boy has no one to act off of. Everything is CGI here. I mean…everything. And yet, Sethi is wonderful as the lost boy Mowgli. Jungle Book is not as successful as it was without the performance of Neel Sethi.
And the winner of the “I See Kid Actors” Award for 2016 is….
#1. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things). Once I saw the performance of Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, I knew who was winning this award. Eleven was a brilliant performance. She was haunted by a past and confused by a world she did not know. Eleven was such an anchor to Stranger Things that this role had to work. And Millie Bobby Brown showed that she could do anything.