Oscar: Children–Anna Paquin, The Piano

Anna Paquin

New Zealander Anna Paquin, who at 11 won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Piano, is one of the youngest performers in Oscar’s history to have received the award.

Paquin attained early attention for her riveting performance as Holly Hunter’s emotionally complex daughter in Jane Campion’s 1993 The Piano.

Like Tatum O’Neal, Paquin was an engaging, knowing-beyond-her-years girl.

However, unlike O’Neal, whose active screen career was short, Paquin has proved herself to be a capable actress in both studio and indie movies (Hurly Burly, A Walk on the Moon, X Men), and on TV.