In 1999, at age eleven, child actor Haley Joel Osment co-starred with Bruce Willis in blockbuster thriller, The Sixth Sense.
More than any other members of the cast, which also included Oscar-nominated Toni Colette as his mom, Osment deserves credit for contributing to what became the most popular horror thriller in the genre’s history.
No child actress has ever been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar–until 2012.
The youngest nominees in the lead category are:
Marlee Matlin, who won at 21 for Children of a Lesser God;
Janet Gaynor and Kate Winslet, who each was 21 when first nominated, the former for three roles, the latter for Titanic, in 1997.