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Young Artist Award
The Young Artist Award statuette, depicting a gilded figure of a man displaying a five-pointed star above its head.
The Young Artist Award statue.
Awarded for Excellence of young performers in movies, television, theatre, and music.
Presented by Young Artist Foundation
Country United States of America
First awarded 1979

The Young Artist Award (first known as the Youth In Film Award) is an award given by the Young Artist Foundation. The foundation was started in 1978 to award child actors and singers under the age of 21 for their work in film, TV, theater and music, and to raise money for talented children to go to school.

The 1st Youth In Film Awards were given in October 1979, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood for child actors' and singers' work during the years 1978 and 1979. The 35th Young Artist Awards will be given on May 4, 2014 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Southern California for child actors' work during the year 2013.

Young Artist Foundation

The Young Artist Foundation is a charity started in 1978 by Hollywood Foreign Press member, Maureen Dragone to raise money for child artists to go to special schools to study acting, singing, or other special arts. One of the most well known contributors to give money to the Young Artist Foundation is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Young Artist Awards


The Young Artist Awards are given every year by the Young Artist Foundation. The awards were called the Youth In Film Awards for the first 20 years, but the name was changed to the Young Artist Awards for the 21st awards in March 2000. The awards are sometimes called the "Kiddie Oscars", because many people believe they are like the Academy Awards for children working in Hollywood.

The awards were started by Maureen Dragone in 1979 to award child actors and singers for their work during the years 1978 and 1979 because she thought child actors didn't have a fair chance to win other awards given to adults like the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award. Two child actors who had to compete with adults for other awards that year were Ricky Schroder in The Champ and Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer. The awards ceremony was held in November or December for the first 10 years, but the ceremony is now held in March or April.


The first Youth In Film Award was a small statue that looked like a small Academy Award. It was a statue of a small golden man holding a wreath in front of his chest and he stood on a very large base that looked like a sports trophy. The new Young Artist Award statue still looks like a small Academy Award, but now the small golden man holds a star over his head and he stands on a much smaller base that is much easier for small children to hold. All the winners are given the golden statue and all the children who are nominated are given a special plaque at the ceremony to remember their nomination.


The children that the Young Artist Awards considers nominating must be between the ages of 5 and 21 and are first suggested by the child's agent or manager. Their names must be suggested by the end of January or the middle of February and, one month later, the Young Artist Awards throws a special party to announce the names of the children who they have decided to nominate. The Youth In Film Awards were originally given to young artists up to the age of 21, but the awards are now given to children under the age of 18 most of the time.

Winners are chosen by the Young Artist Association. The association was originally called the Hollywood Women's Photo and Press Club and its members were 88 journalists and photographers who worked in the arts. Today, the Young Artist Association has over 125 members who are journalists, agents, and former child performers. The winners are picked by The Young Artist Association and past nominees who all vote by secret ballot.


The first Youth In Film Awards gave awards in 11 competitive categories in 1979. The first categories for child artists were "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture", "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a TV Series or Special", "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a Daytime TV Series", and "Best Male and Female Juvenile Recording Artist". The Youth In Film Awards also gave awards to studios and networks in competitive categories for family friendly films and television shows.

Today, the number of categories has grown to award "Best Young Actor and Actress in an International Feature Film", "Best Young Actor and Actress in a Short Film", "Best Young Supporting Actor and Actress in Film", "Best Young Ensemble Cast", "Best Young Recurring Actor and Actress in a TV Series", and "Best Young Guest-starring Actor and Actress in a TV Series". Many of the categories have been split to award children age 10 and under in their own separate categories. The Young Artist Awards has also awarded children for their work in other arts over the years, including theater, dance, commercials, journalism, radio and stand-up comedy.

Special Awards

While the number of acting categories has grown, some competitive categories like "Best Juvenile Recording Artist", "Best Family Motion Picture" and "Best Family TV Series" are no longer awarded. The awards for those categories are now given as special "Honorary" awards. The most well known Young Artist Honorary Awards are the "Jackie Coogan Award", which is given to movie studios, producers or directors for their "Outstanding Contribution To Youth Through Entertainment", and the "Former Child Star Award", which is given as a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to adults who were once child stars.


The ceremony is held every year in Hollywood and it is the most formal awards ceremony for child actors. The child nominees and their parents are expected to "dress up" in suits or party dresses, and many arrive in long cars called limousines. Reporters and photographers are invited to the red carpet before the show, to take pictures and talk to the child stars when they arrive and sign autographs for fans. The children picked to announce the winners on stage each year are usually the winners from the year before or from the year's list of nominees. After the ceremony is a formal dinner and then dancing with live music performed by popular child singers.

The first Youth In Film Awards were given in October 1979 at a ceremony held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood, California. Other locations for the ceremony over the years are the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove, the Globe Theatre, the Beverly Garland Hotel, and the Sportsmen's Lodge.

Youth In Film Awards / Young Artist Awards - Ceremonies
Ceremony Year Honored Location City Date
1st Youth in Film Awards 1978 / 1979 Sheraton Universal Hotel Universal City October 1979
2nd Youth in Film Awards 1979 / 1980 Sheraton Universal Hotel Universal City October 18, 1980
3rd Youth in Film Awards 1980 / 1981 (Unknown) (Unknown) December 1981
4th Youth in Film Awards 1981 / 1982 Sheraton Universal Hotel Universal City November 21, 1982
5th Youth in Film Awards 1982 / 1983 Beverly Hilton Hotel Beverly Hills December 4, 1983
6th Youth in Film Awards 1983 / 1984 (Unknown) (Unknown) December 2, 1984
7th Youth in Film Awards 1984 / 1985 Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles December 15, 1985
8th Youth in Film Awards 1985 / 1986 Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles November 22, 1986
9th Youth in Film Awards 1986 / 1987 Hollywood Palladium Hollywood December 5, 1987
10th Youth in Film Awards 1987 / 1988 (Unknown) (Unknown) May 6, 1989
11th Youth in Film Awards 1988 / 1989 (Unknown) (Unknown) March / April 1990
12th Youth in Film Awards 1989 / 1990 (Unknown) (Unknown) Late 1990 / Early 1991
13th Youth in Film Awards 1990 / 1991 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences North Hollywood December 1, 1991
14th Youth in Film Awards 1991 / 1992 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City January 16, 1993
15th Youth in Film Awards 1992 / 1993 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City February 5, 1994
16th Youth in Film Awards 1993 / 1994 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 19, 1995
17th Youth in Film Awards 1994 / 1995 (Unknown) (Unknown) 1996
18th Youth in Film Awards 1995 / 1996 (Unknown) (Unknown) 1997
19th Youth in Film Awards 1996 / 1997 (Unknown) (Unknown) March 14, 1998
20th Youth in Film Awards 1997 / 1998 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 6, 1999
21st Young Artist Awards 1998 / 1999 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 19, 2000
22nd Young Artist Awards 1999 / 2000 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City April 1, 2001
23rd Young Artist Awards 2000 / 2001 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City April 7, 2002
24th Young Artist Awards 2002 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 29, 2003
25th Young Artist Awards 2003 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City May 8, 2004
26th Young Artist Awards 2004 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City April 30, 2005
27th Young Artist Awards 2005 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 25, 2006
28th Young Artist Awards 2006 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 10, 2007
29th Young Artist Awards 2007 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 30, 2008
30th Young Artist Awards 2008 Globe Theatre Universal City March 29, 2009
31st Young Artist Awards 2009 Beverly Garland Hotel Studio City April 11, 2010
32nd Young Artist Awards 2010 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City March 13, 2011
33rd Young Artist Awards 2011 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City May 6, 2012
34th Young Artist Awards 2012 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City May 5, 2012
35th Young Artist Awards 2013 Sportsmen's Lodge Studio City May 4, 2014

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