Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor

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Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Awarded forBest performance of the year by a young actor (male or female) in a genre film
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1984
Currently held byXolo Maridueña for Blue Beetle (2022/2023)

The Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor is one of the annual awards given by the American professional organization the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward science fiction, fantasy, and horror achievements (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, awarded by the World Science Fiction Society who reward science fiction and fantasy in various media, is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films).

The category was first introduced for the 1984 film year, specifically to reward young actors and actresses in films, and was the first acting award of the Academy to reward both males and females. Tom Holland is the only actor to have won it three times, to have won it three years in a row, and to have won three times for the same role. Haley Joel Osment and Chloë Grace Moretz have each won the award twice. Moretz and Daniel Radcliffe have received the most nominations, with 5 each. Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, and Tobey Maguire are the only actors to have won both Best Performance by a Younger Actor and later a Saturn Award for adults.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Actor Motion Picture Character
Noah Hathaway The NeverEnding Story Atreyu
Drew Barrymore Firestarter Charlene "Charlie" McGee
Nick Corri A Nightmare on Elm Street Rod Lane
Corey Feldman Gremlins Pete Fountaine
Ke Huy Quan Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Short Round
Barret Oliver D.A.R.Y.L. Daryl
Fairuza Balk Return to Oz Dorothy Gale
Jeff Cohen The Goonies Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Weird Science Wyatt O'Donnelly
Amelia Shankley Dreamchild Young Alice
Carrie Henn Aliens Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Joey Cramer Flight of the Navigator David Freeman
Lucy Deakins The Boy Who Could Fly Amelia "Milly" Michaelson
Scott Grimes Critters Brad Brown
Jay Underwood The Boy Who Could Fly Eric Gibb
Kirk Cameron Like Father Like Son Chris Hammond / Dr. Jack Hammond
Scott Curtis Cameron's Closet Cameron Lansing
Stephen Dorff The Gate Glen
Andre Gower The Monster Squad Sean Crenshaw
Corey Haim The Lost Boys Sam Emerson
Joshua John Miller Near Dark Homer
Fred Savage Vice Versa Charlie Seymour / Marshall Seymour
Warwick Davis Willow Willow Ufgood
Rodney Eastman Deadly Weapon Zeke
Lukas Haas Lady in White Frankie Scarlatti
Corey Haim Watchers Travis Cornell
Jared Rushton Big Billy
Alex Vincent Child's Play Andy Barclay
Adan Jodorowsky Santa Sangre Young Fenix
Thomas Wilson Brown Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Russ Thompson, Jr.
Gabriel Damon RoboCop 2 Hob
Jasen Fisher The Witches Luke Eveshim
Charlie Korsmo Dick Tracy Kid
Bryan Madorsky Parents Michael Laemle
Robert Oliveri Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Nick Szalinski
Jared Rushton Ron Thompson
Faviola Elenka Tapia Santa Sangre Young Alma


Year Actor / Actress Motion Picture Character
Edward Furlong Terminator 2: Judgment Day John Connor
Jonathan Brandis The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Bastian Bux
Chris Demetral Dolly Dearest Jimmy Wade
Corey Haim Prayer of the Rollerboys Griffin
Candace Hutson Dolly Dearest Jessica Wade
Joshua John Miller And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Josh Carson
Justin Whalin Child's Play 3 Andy Barclay
Scott Weinger Aladdin Aladdin (voice)
Brandon Adams The People Under the Stairs Poindexter "Fool" Williams
Edward Furlong Pet Sematary Two Jeff Matthews
Robert Oliveri Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nick Szalinski
Christina Ricci The Addams Family Wednesday Addams
Daniel Shalikar Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Adam Szalinski
Joshua Shalikar
Elijah Wood The Good Son Mark Evans
Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus Slaughter of the Innocents Jesse Broderick
Manuel Colao Flight of the Innocent Vito
Joseph Mazzello Jurassic Park Tim Murphy
Austin O'Brien Last Action Hero Danny Madigan
Christina Ricci Addams Family Values Wednesday Addams
Ariana Richards Jurassic Park Lex Murphy
Kirsten Dunst Interview with the Vampire Claudia
Luke Edwards Little Big League Billy Heywood
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Angels in the Outfield Roger Bomman
Miko Hughes Wes Craven's New Nightmare Dylan Porter
Jonathan Taylor Thomas The Lion King Young Simba (voice)
Elijah Wood North North
Christina Ricci Casper Kathleen "Kat" Harvey
Kirsten Dunst Jumanji Judy Shepherd
Bradley Pierce Peter Shepherd
Max Pomeranc Fluke Brian Johnson
Hal Scardino The Indian in the Cupboard Omri
Judith Vittet The City of Lost Children Miette
Lucas Black Sling Blade Frank Wheatley
Kevin Bishop Muppet Treasure Island Jim Hawkins
James Duval Independence Day Miguel Casse
Lukas Haas Mars Attacks! Richie Norris
Jonathan Taylor Thomas The Adventures of Pinocchio Pinocchio (voice)
Mara Wilson Matilda Matilda Wormwood
Jena Malone Contact Young Ellie
Vanessa Lee Chester The Lost World: Jurassic Park Kelly Curtis
Alexander Goodwin Mimic Chuy
Sam Huntington Jungle 2 Jungle Mimi-Siku
Dominique Swain Face/Off Jamie Archer
Mara Wilson A Simple Wish Anabel Greening
Tobey Maguire Pleasantville David / Bud
Josh Hartnett The Faculty Zeke Tyler
Katie Holmes Disturbing Behavior Rachel Wagner
Jack Johnson Lost in Space Will Robinson
Brad Renfro Apt Pupil Todd Bowden
Alicia Witt Urban Legend Natalie Simon
Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense Cole Sear
Emily Bergl The Rage: Carrie 2 Rachel Lang
Jake Lloyd Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker
Justin Long Galaxy Quest Brandon
Natalie Portman Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Queen Padmé Amidala
Devon Sawa Idle Hands Anton Tobias


Year Actor / Actress Motion Picture Character
Devon Sawa Final Destination Alex Browning
Spencer Breslin Disney's The Kid Rusty Duritz
Holliston Coleman Bless the Child Cody O'Connor
Jonathan Lipnicki The Little Vampire Tony Thompson
Taylor Momsen How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cindy Lou Who
Anna Paquin X-Men Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue
Haley Joel Osment A.I. Artificial Intelligence David
Freddie Boath The Mummy Returns Alex O'Connell
Justin Long Jeepers Creepers Darry Jenner
Alakina Mann The Others Anne Stewart
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Tyler Hoechlin Road to Perdition Michael Sullivan Jr.
Alexis Bledel Tuck Everlasting Winnie Foster
Hayden Christensen Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Anakin Skywalker
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter
Jeremy Sumpter Frailty Young Adam
Elijah Wood The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Frodo Baggins
Jeremy Sumpter Peter Pan Peter Pan
Jenna Boyd The Missing Dot Gilkeson
Rachel Hurd-Wood Peter Pan Wendy Darling
Sosuke Ikematsu The Last Samurai Higen
Lindsay Lohan Freaky Friday Anna Coleman / Tess Coleman
Frankie Muniz Agent Cody Banks Cody Banks
Emmy Rossum The Phantom of the Opera Christine Daaé
Cameron Bright Birth Young Sean
Perla Haney-Jardine Kill Bill: Volume 2 B.B
Freddie Highmore Finding Neverland Peter Llewelyn Davies
Jonathan Jackson Riding the Bullet Alan Parker
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter
Dakota Fanning War of the Worlds Rachel Ferrier
Alex Etel Millions Damian Cunningham
Freddie Highmore Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie Bucket
Josh Hutcherson Zathura: A Space Adventure Walter Budwing
William Moseley The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Peter Pevensie
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter
Ivana Baquero Pan's Labyrinth Ofelia / Princess Moanna
Go Ah-sung The Host Park Hyun-seo
Jodelle Ferland Tideland Jeliza-Rose
Tristan Lake Leabu Superman Returns Jason White
Mitchel Musso Monster House DJ Walters (voice)
Ed Speleers Eragon Eragon
Freddie Highmore August Rush Evan Taylor / August Rush
Alex Etel The Water Horse Angus MacMorrow
Josh Hutcherson Bridge to Terabithia Jesse Aarons
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter
Dakota Blue Richards The Golden Compass Lyra Belacqua
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn The Last Mimzy Emma Wilder
Jaden Smith The Day the Earth Stood Still Jacob Benson
Freddie Highmore The Spiderwick Chronicles Jared Grace / Simon Grace
Lina Leandersson Let the Right One In Eli
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire Jamal Malik
Catinca Untaru The Fall Alexandria
Brandon Walters Australia Nullah
Saoirse Ronan The Lovely Bones Susie Salmon
Taylor Lautner The Twilight Saga: New Moon Jacob Black
Bailee Madison Brothers Isabelle Cahill
Brooklynn Proulx The Time Traveler's Wife Young Clare Abshire (ages 6 and 8)
Max Records Where the Wild Things Are Max
Kodi Smit-McPhee The Road Boy


Year Actor / Actress Motion Picture Character
Chloë Grace Moretz Let Me In Abby
Logan Lerman Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson
Frankie and George McLaren Hereafter Marcus and Jason
Will Poulter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Eustace Scrubb
Kodi Smit-McPhee Let Me In Owen
Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Mattie Ross
Charlie Tahan Charlie St. Cloud Sam St. Cloud
Joel Courtney Super 8 Joe Lamb
Asa Butterfield Hugo Hugo Cabret
Elle Fanning Super 8 Alice Dainard
Dakota Goyo Real Steel Max Kenton
Chloë Grace Moretz Hugo Isabelle
Saoirse Ronan Hanna Hanna Heller
Suraj Sharma Life of Pi Pi Patel (16 Years)
CJ Adams The Odd Life of Timothy Green Timothy Green
Tom Holland The Impossible Lucas Bennett
Daniel Huttlestone Les Misérables Gavroche
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows Carolyn Stoddard
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
Chloë Grace Moretz Carrie Carrie White
Asa Butterfield Ender's Game Ender Wiggin
Sophie Nélisse The Book Thief Liesel Meminger
Saoirse Ronan How I Live Now Daisy
Ty Simpkins Iron Man 3 Harley Keener
Dylan Sprayberry Man of Steel Clark Kent (13 Years)
Mackenzie Foy Interstellar Murph (10 Yrs.)
Elle Fanning Maleficent Aurora
Chloë Grace Moretz The Equalizer Teri
Tony Revolori The Grand Budapest Hotel Young Zero Moustafa
Kodi Smit-McPhee Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Alexander
Noah Wiseman The Babadook Samuel Vannick
Ty Simpkins Jurassic World Gray Mitchell
Olivia DeJonge The Visit Becca
James Freedson-Jackson Cop Car Travis
Milo Parker Mr. Holmes Roger
Elias and Lukas Schwarz Goodnight Mommy Elias and Lukas
Jacob Tremblay Room Jack Newsome
Tom Holland Captain America: Civil War Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Ruby Barnhill The BFG Sophie
Julian Dennison Hunt for the Wilderpeople Ricky
Lewis MacDougall A Monster Calls Conor
Neel Sethi The Jungle Book Mowgli
Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch Thomasin
Tom Holland Spider-Man: Homecoming Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Dafne Keen Logan Laura Kinney / X-23
Sophia Lillis It Beverly Marsh
Millicent Simmonds Wonderstruck Rose
Jacob Tremblay Wonder August "Auggie" Pullman
Letitia Wright Black Panther Shuri
Zendaya Spider-Man: Homecoming Michelle
Tom Holland Spider-Man: Far From Home Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Evan Alex Us Jason Wilson and Pluto
Asher Angel Shazam! Billy Batson
Millie Bobby Brown Godzilla: King of the Monsters Madison Russell
Jack Dylan Grazer Shazam! Freddy Freeman
Shahadi Wright Joseph Us Zora Wilson and Umbrae
Millicent Simmonds A Quiet Place Regan Abbott
Kyliegh Curran[1] Doctor Sleep Abra Stone
Ella Jay Basco[1] Birds of Prey Cassandra Cain
Julia Butters[1] Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trudi Frazer
Roman Griffin Davis[1] Jojo Rabbit Jojo Bectzler
Lexy Kolker[1] Freaks Chloe Lewis
JD McCrary[1] The Lion King Young Simba (voice)


Year Actor / Actress Motion Picture Character
Finn Wolfhard Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trevor Spengler
Noah Jupe A Quiet Place Part II Marcus Abbott
Madeleine McGraw The Black Phone Gwendolyn "Gwen" Blake
Millicent Simmonds A Quiet Place Part II Regan Abbott
Mason Thames The Black Phone Finney Blake
Jacob Tremblay Luca Luca (voice)


Xolo Maridueña Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle
Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid Ariel
Jack Champion Avatar: The Way of Water Miles "Spider" Socorro
Violet McGraw M3GAN Cady
Vivien Lyra Blair The Boogeyman Sawyer Harper
Noah Schnapp The Tutor Jackson

Multiple nominations[edit]

5 nominations
  • Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Daniel Radcliffe
4 nominations
  • Freddie Highmore
  • Tom Holland
3 nominations
  • Corey Haim
  • Christina Ricci
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Millicent Simmonds
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Elijah Wood
2 nominations
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Alex Etel
  • Elle Fanning
  • Edward Furlong
  • Lukas Haas
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Justin Long
  • Joshua John Miller
  • Robert Oliveri
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Jared Rushton
  • Devon Sawa
  • Ty Simpkins
  • Jeremy Sumpter
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  • Mara Wilson

Multiple wins[edit]

3 wins
  • Tom Holland
2 wins
  • Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Haley Joel Osment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2020 Saturn Award Nominations Announced". March 7, 2021.

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