Gabourey Sidibe in PreciousThose who think Hollywood favors only the young should take heart, because this year's crop of Oscar-nominated actors are almost all over 35 -- which makes the nominations of young actresses Anna Kendrick, 24, Carey Mulligan, 25, and Gabourey Sidibe, 26, all the more remarkable. The trio of first-time nominees (best actress hopeful Mulligan starred in 'An Education,' Sidibe in 'Precious,' and Kendrick has a supporting nod for 'Up in the Air') joins a select group of extraordinary actors -- many of them precocious kids and teens -- who have captivated the Academy's attention.

Here's a look at Oscar's golden wunderkinds, from scarily gifted tweens like Tatum O'Neal and Anna Paquin to teen stars River Phoenix and Leo DiCaprio, to breakout twentysomething ingenues from the Big-Studio Era like Jennifer Jones and Audrey Hepburn.
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