This has been a fantastic year for the child actors. There is a crop of actors who just seem to bring it every time. The days of it being acceptable practice to have a kid actor who cannot hold their own are over. Heck, there are projects that are the lead of the show.
This can be a kid actor from either movies or television.
Previous Winners: Emjay Anthony, Jacob Trembley, Millie Bobby Brown, Dafne Keen, Elsie Fisher
#13. Oakes Fegley (Goldfinch)
#12. Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play)
#11. Louis Ashbourne Serkis (The Kid Who Would Be King)
#10. Charlie Shotwell (Eli)
#9. Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
#8. Jackson A. Dunn (Brightburn)
#7. Asher Angel & Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam)
#6. The Cast of Stranger Things 3
#5. Saniyya Sidney (Fast Color)
#4. Jacob Trembley, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon (Good Boys)
#3. Kyliegh Curran (Doctor Sleep)
#2. Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
If someone had told me that Roman Griffin Davis wasn’t going to win this award this year, I would have laughed in their face because he was so brilliant in Jojo Rabbit that he was a shoo-in. This is one of the best kid performances ever. In fact, it other years, Kyliegh Curran‘s work in Doctor Sleep, the Good Boys cast, or Saniyya Sidney‘s Fast Color could have won this. The Stranger Things 3 cast is great every time they appear. Asher Angel & Jack Dylan Grazer made a wonderful pairing in the DC Comics movie Shazam. Julia Butters had my favorite scene in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Louis Ashbourne Serkis was the modern day King Arthur with Excalibur. Charlie Shotwell led the horror movie Eli on Netflix. Gabriel Bateman led the remake of Child’s Play and he was vital to make that film work. Even though The Goldfinch was terrible, Oakes Fegley wasn’t the issue.
And the winner…
Noah Jupe (Honey Boy)
Noah Jupe was transcendent in Honey Boy, the film based on the life of Shia LaBeouf. He had to carry so much of the emotional weight of the film that Honey Boy would never have worked. He took this character through the spectrum and it was a marvel to watch.
Best Kid Performance of the Decade
#10. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street)
#9. Emjay Anthony (Chef)
#8. Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
#7. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
#6. Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place)
#5. The cast of It
#4. Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
#3. Dafne Keen (Logan)
#2. Noah Jupe (Honey Boy)
#1. Jacob Trembley (Room)