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    33 Actors Who Gave Such Award-Worthy Performances, It's Hard To Believe They Were All Under 23 Years Old At The Time

    Jenna Ortega is so good in everything, but her performance in The Fallout deserves more attention.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which young actors have given award-worthy performances they can't stop thinking about it. They gave us both past and present young actors who absolutely crushed these TV and movie roles. Here are some of the best responses:

    Warning: In order to show some of their very best scenes, there are MASSIVE spoilers in the photos below!

    1. First, Kit Connor as Nick Nelson in Heartstopper (2022–present):

    Nick telling his mother that he likes girls but he also likes boys and he and Charlie are going out

    2. Annarah Cymone as Leeza in Midnight Mass (2021):

    Leeza telling Joe that he stole what she could've been, but she forgives him; the only thing standing between her and a better life was hate, but the only standing between him and a better life is himself

    3. Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon (2022–present):

    Daemon telling Rhaenyra that Laenor will bore her to tears and she says marriage is only a political arrangement

    4. Macaulay Culkin as Henry Evans in The Good Son (1993):

    Henry's mother telling him not to lie to her and asking if he killed Richard, and he says, "What if I did?" She says "We'll get you help" and he says "Looks like you need the help"

    5. Saoirse Ronan as young Briony Tallis in Atonement (2007):

    Briony saying "I know who it was"

    6. Josh Hutcherson as Jess Aaron in Bridge to Terabithia (2007):

    Jess crying and saying he's going to hell because it's all his fault

    7. Sophie Nélisse as young Shauna Shipman in Yellowjackets:

    Shauna screaming and crying to Jackie to wake up

    8. Roman Griffin Davis as Johannes "Jojo" Betzler in Jojo Rabbit (2019):

    Jojo crying as he looks up at his mother hanging, hugs her legs, and touches her shoes

    9. Jenna Ortega as Vada Cavell in The Fallout (2021):

    Vada lying unconscious on stairs

    10. Kim Su-an as Su-an in Train to Busan (2016):

    Su-an on the train with her dad and saying to him that she's scared and "I thought I'd never see you again; I practiced that song just for you — that's why I couldn't sing, because I didn't see you"

    11. Keisha Castle-Hughes as Paikea Apirana in Whale Rider (2002):

    Paikea onstage saying "And I come from a long line of chiefs, stretching all the way back to Hawaiki"

    12. Jacob Tremblay as Auggie Pullman in Wonder (2017):

    Auggie says "They won't even talk to me" because he looks different; "I try to pretend that it doesn't matter, but it does"

    13. Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in Stranger Things (2016–present):

    Max running through the woods as "Running Up That Hill" plays

    14. Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things (2016–present):

    Lucas calling for an ambulance and holding and comforting Max

    15. Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz in 9-1-1 (2018–present):

    Christopher saying he complained once but it didn't work, so he just kept on swimming, and Buck says "Like Dory"

    16. Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23 in Logan (2017):

    Laura/X-23 in the forest crying and grieving

    17. Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012):

    Hushpuppy saying "I see that I'm a little piece of a big, big universe"

    18. Madeleine McGraw as Gwen in The Black Phone (2021):

    Gwen saying to her father while holding a liquor bottle in the kitchen, "Hit me again and I'm dropping it!"

    19. Dakota Fanning as Lucy Diamond Dawson in I Am Sam (2001):

    Lucy saying, "I'm sorry, Daddy; it was all my fault" and "I wouldn't want any daddy but you"

    20. Amir Wilson as Will Parry in His Dark Materials (2019–present):

    Will asking his dad, ""Do you have any idea how hard Mum felt it without you? Thinking you were dead"

    21. Mckenna Grace as young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya (2017):

    Tonya crying, standing in front of his car, and asking her father to take her with him

    22. Mckenna Grace as Esther Keyes in The Handmaid's Tale (2017–present):

    Esther saying to Janine, "You don't care about me; you just wanted to see your daughter, right? No, you lied to me; you used me" — "like they all do"

    23. Kyliegh Curran as Abra Stone in Doctor Sleep (2019):

    Abra Stone saying "I could almost hear it screaming; I could hear it dying, and deep inside, I knew, I knew you were OK"

    24. Aidan Gallagher as Number Five in The Umbrella Academy (2019–present):

    Number Five saying, "I'm done; what I did today, I did for my family — I did it to save the world"

    25. Kirsten Dunst as Claudia in Interview With the Vampire (1994):

    Claudia saying "I had a mother once! And Louis, he had a wife! He was mortal the same as she! And so was I"

    26. Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016):

    Ricky singing and saying "This is the best birthday I've ever had; I think it's the only birthday I've ever had"

    27. Mia Isaac as Rowan in Not Okay (2022):

    Rowan saying she wants to because "It's nice; I wish I could do it more often" and "Not a lot of people know she exists"

    28. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Miles in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020):

    Miles saying "Nothing would make me happier than to be arrested by those police you were talking about, to be dragged away from this god-awful property!"

    29. Julia Butters as Trudi Fraser in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019):

    Trudi being held by Rick Dalton as they film a scene in the movie where he's holding a gun to her head

    30. Henry Thomas as Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982):

    Elliott telling ET to stay, and ET holding up his lit finger and saying "I'll be right here"

    31. Brooklynn Prince as Moonee in The Florida Project (2017):

    Moonee crying and saying "Please, you're my best friend, and this may be the only time I'm going to see you again"

    32. Christian Bale as Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun (1987):

    Jim saying he can't remember what his parents look like and "I used to play bridge with my mother in her bedroom — she used to comb her hair, I'd watch her; she had dark hair"

    33. And finally, Anna Paquin as Flora McGrath in The Piano (1993):

    Flora saying it's her mother's piano and "We can't leave the piano," and then crying

    We can't fit everyone into one post, so which other young actors have given amazing or even underrated performances? Tell us in the comments below!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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