April 22, 2014

Oscars: Why can’t kids compete at the Academy Awards? – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Why do kids have a hard time breaking through at the Oscars?

It’s an interesting question, and one that is dissected over at Gold Derby this morning, where they point out that multiple Oscar-worthy performances from underage talents could be overlooked this season if the Academy’s tendencies disrupt the momentum of select campaigns.

That’s not to say kids are never nominated for the Oscar. Just last year, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence competed in top categories for their work in “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” respectively. Abigail Breslin, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Paquin competed and, in the case of the latter, won for “The Piano.”

This year, I can rattle off a handful of young performers who should be in the discussion for Oscar consideration:

- Thomas Horn for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
- Daniel Radcliffe for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
- Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield for “Hugo”

But you don’t hear their names in the conversation at the moment, which is Gold Derby’s point. Could this change? Absolutely. But time is running out for a momentum swing, as campaigns are wrapping up and nominations will be revealed next month.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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