Best Youth Ensemble
Jean-Carl Boucher, Gabriel Maillé, Dany Bouchard, Léo Caron and Élizabeth Adam in 1981
Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Owen Best and Alex Ferris in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Oscar Steer, Asa Butterfield, Lil Woods, Eros Vlahos and Rosie-Taylor Ritson in Nanny McPhee Returns
Maxime Godart, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Victor Carles, Benjamin Averty, Germaine Petit Damico, Damian Ferdel, Virgil Tirard and Elise Heusch in Le Petit Nicolas
Fion Mutert, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Thibault Sérié, Enno Trebs, Theo Trebs, Miljan Chatelain, Freddy Grahl and Aaron Denkel in The White Ribbon
Winner: Nanny McPhee Returns
First, a note about the evolution of the Youth Awards: In previous years I had always had “Best Performance by a Child Actor” as a category. It was partially due to the fact that the Academy has long since abolished the Youth Award and they really shouldn’t have. The fact of the matter is more young actors than ever before it seems continue to work on into adulthood. While the high end of the spectrum may not be as high as it once once it also seems there are more talented kids on screen these days and taking that into consideration, and keeping in mind the spirit with which I created these categories (which is to not treat children as second class cinematic citizens), I have expanded the categories. Perhaps next year there will be a full compliment of four categories plus an ensemble award. We shall see.
Next, I just want to say this was perhaps the most difficult choice to make and this initial class of nominees did the idea of this category justice as there are five worthy recipients here. With regards to the winner in this category I will explain my logic quickly and simply as I use something similar in the next category.
First, the most decisive factor is that you’re only as strong as your weakest link. So while The White Ribbon is top-heavy with kids loaded with talent the bottom of the depth chart so to speak isn’t as strong as in Nanny McPhee. Also, the entire cast of The White Ribbon were already rewarded as that collection of youthful talent helped carry the cast as a whole over the top. So using a tie-breaker I frequently use amongst casts I congratulate the young nucleus of Nanny McPhee Returns on a wonderful performance and a their well-deserved award.