The talented 14-year-old may snag Hollywood’s most prestigious award!
Hailee Steinfeld is one of just a select few child stars who have been talented enough to be in the running against Hollywood’s best veteran actors. True Grit received 10 nominations — the second most nominated film after The King’s Speech — and Hailee was interviewed Jan. 25 on the Today Show about her big news. She was overjoyed and grateful for the entire experience, saying “Its incredible! I’m in shock. It was an overall incredible experience to be a part of this film. I’m so proud of it all.”
The young star found out about her Best Supporting Actress nomination in a way only a teenager would: “I was asleep and my mom, and dad were screaming in the other room. They burst into my bedroom with flowers and they were cheering! It was very exciting.”
The deserving youngster has a lot to look forward to — hopefully a long career like fellow former child nominees like Abigail Breslin, Anna Paquin and Jodi Foster.
Click through the above gallery to see pics of Hollywood’s youngest Oscar winners and nominees:
1. Anna Paquin, the second youngest in history, won the award for Best Supporting Actress at age 11 for her outstanding performance as Holly Hunter’s daughter in The Piano (1993).
2. Abigail Breslin earned her a nomination at age 10 for the hilarious film Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
4. Tatum O’Neal was only 8, and became the youngest person to win a Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Paper Moon (1973).
5. Saoirse Ronan arguably out-acted the entire cast of Atonement (2007) and earned a well-deserved nod at age 13 for playing a fanciful but misguided daughter of privilege.
6. Linda Blairwas 15-years-old when playing Hollywood’s most freightening possessed teen in The Exorcist (1973), which led to an Oscar nominations.
7. Keisha Castle-Hughes, age 13, earned a nomination for her role as a young Maori girl in ‘Whale Rider’ (2002).