Sunday, 7 September 2014

25 Most Promising Actresses Younger Than Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15 1990, and by 2014 had secured three Academy Award nominations, winning the Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Lawrence is well established as the most exciting young star in Hollywood and looks set for a long and celebrated career.

But who are the other young actresses waiting in the wings to follow in her footsteps?  The Ace Black Blog identified the 25 most promising actresses younger than Lawrence who have the potential to establish serious careers in the movies, and secure their own fair share of future Academy Award nominations and wins. Call them Jennifer's younger sisters.

Young promise does not always translate into adult success. It takes a special combination of talent, determination and good decision making to succeed for the long haul in the tough business of Hollywood filmmaking. The Ace Black Blog will track these 25 at five year intervals to see if they fulfill their potential. Meet this generation of most promising actresses, presented by order of birth from oldest to youngest.

#1 Sarah Hyland
born November 24 1990, in Manhattan, New York
Best known from television's Modern Family, Sarah has dabbled in movies including Spanglish (2004) and Vampire Academy (2014). She will need to start focussing more on films if she wants to establish herself formally on the big screen.

#2 Emma Roberts
born February 10 1991, in Rhinebeck, New York
Julia Roberts' niece already has a long list of film credits, starting with Blow (2001) and notably including Lymelife (2008) and Adult World (2013). Her famous aunt may be a help or a hindrance as Emma tries to carve her own identity.

#3 Shailene Woodley
born November 15 1991, in Simi Valley, California
Already nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Descendants (2011), Shailene made another strong connection with audiences in 2014's The Fault In Our Stars. For good measure she proved her action credentials in Divergent (2014). From the actresses on this list, she is one of the most likely to achieve long-term sustained success.

#4 Selena Gomez
born July 22 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas
Perhaps a risky choice since Gomez is best known as a singer and Justin Bieber's girlfriend. But in Spring Breakers (2013) Selena demonstrated a willingness to take risks. It's a welcome attitude that could allow her to surprise with an interesting big screen career.

#5 Sofia Vassilieva
born October 22 1992, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best known for television's Eloise and Medium, Sofia made a mark in My Sister's Keeper (2009). She has gone back to University and secured impressive academic credentials, and is ready for a new assault on film stardom should she choose to pursue that path.

#6 Halston Sage
born May 10 1993, in Los Angeles, California
With roles in The Bling Ring (2013) and Neighbors (2014), Halston appears to be building momentum from her platform on television's How To Rock.

#7 Adèle Exarchopoulos
born November 22 1993, in Paris, France
Her stunning turn in Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) has already propelled her to the front ranks of young talents to watch. Will she focus on French cinema or try to establish herself in Hollywood?

#8 AnnaSophia Robb
born December 8 1993, Denver, Colorado
AnnaSophia already has an impressive resume and strong momentum. Her key films have included Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Soul Surfer (2011) and The Way Way Back (2013).

#9 Dakota Fanning
born February 23 1994, in Conyers, Georgia
Dakota has been appearing in films since 2001, and her best known roles include Charlotte's Web (2006), The Runaways (2010) and the Twilight series. She is transitioning to more adult roles with features like The Motel Life (2012).

#10 Saoirse Ronan
born April 12 1994, in New York City, New York
After her breakthrough and Academy Award nomination in Atonement (2007), Saoirse has continued to appear in classy big-budget productions including The Lovely Bones (2009), Hanna (2011), The Host (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). She has established her place as one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood, and appears set for a terrific career.

#11 Jodelle Ferland
born October 9 1994, in Nanaimo, British Columbia
A presence on television and on film since 2000, Jodelle is perhaps best known for Silent Hill (2006) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). With several film productions in the pipeline, she appears set to start focussing on a movie career.

#12 Georgie Henley
born July 9 1995, in Ilkley, England
Best known for the Chronicles Of Narnia film series, Georgie has a raft of kid and youth awards to build a career on.

#13 Abigail Breslin
born April 14 1996, in New York
Abigail has been acting in films since 2002, and rose to prominence and earned an Academy Award nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She has since kept up her profile with notable performances in high-budget productions like Zombieland (2009), Ender's Game (2013) and August: Osage County (2013). She is on a terrific career trajectory that should see her established among Hollywood's top actresses.

#14 Hailee Steinfeld
born December 11 1996, in Los Angeles, California
Nominated for an Academy Award for True Grit (2010), her first feature film, Hailee has followed up with roles in Romeo And Juliet (2013) and Ender's Game (2013). She has plenty of upcoming releases to further enhance her credentials as a top star of the future.

#15 Chloë Grace Moretz
born February 10 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia
With a film career that started in 2005 with appearances in movies like The Amityville Horror, Chloë Grace has steadily built momentum and burst onto the scene with Kick-Ass (2010) and Carrie (2013). If I Stay (2014) and The Equalizer (2014) will firm-up her position among the front ranks of young actresses.

#16 Isabelle Fuhrman
born February 25 1997, in Washington DC
Her role in The Hunger Games (2012) placed her on the radar, but Isabelle has been appearing on television and on film since 2005, with Orphan (2009) a notable early role. She is currently alternating between voice acting, TV and the movies, and will need to focus on the latter to pick-up big-screen momentum.

#17 Maisie Williams
born April 15 1997, in Bristol, England
Maisie has made a splash on television's Game Of Thrones. She has started to dabble in the movies, and time will tell if she will stick to television or make a concerted effort to turn to the big screen.

#18 Bella Thorne
born October 8 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Bella has strong presence on television on shows like My Own Worst Enemy, Big Love and Shake It Up. She has started to ramp up a movie career, most notably in 2014's Blended, with many additional big screen productions in the pipeline.

#19 Peyton List
born April 6 1998, in Florida
Her television presence on Jessie has been augmented with movie roles since 2004. Peyton's appearances have included Spider-Man 2 (2004), 27 Dresses (2008) and Something Borrowed (2011). She is another talented actress who may have to soon decide between television and film.

#20 Elle Fanning
born April 9 1998, in Conyers, Georgia
Dakota's younger sister is also looking to carve out a serious movie career. She has been appearing on film since 2001, and her recent high-profile credits include Super 8 (2011), We Bought A Zoo (2011), and Maleficent (2014). Elle appears on course for continued success.

#21 Mélusine Mayance
born March 21 1999 in France
Mélusine came to the attention of international audiences in 2010's Sarah's Key. She has time to decide whether or not to try and carve out a career in Hollywood, or alternatively focus on French cinema.

#22 Bailee Madison
born October 15 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bailee is a charming scene-stealer on television shows like Trophy Wife, and has appeared in movies like Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) and Parental Guidance (2012). She has racked up numerous young artist awards, and if she can transition from kid to more adult roles in the coming five years, a career in the movies is there for the taking.

#23 Kiernan Shipka
born November 10 1999, in Chicago, Illinois
Kiernan is best known for television's Mad Men, and has had only a few film appearances, notably in Very Good Girls (2013). She has the potential to move into more prominent big screen roles in the coming few years.

#24 Sophie Nélisse
born March 27 2000 in Windsor, Ontario
Sophie has a short but impressive resume, having already been noticed in Monsieur Lazhar (2011) and The Book Thief (2013), and picking up a clutch of awards in the process. She is well positioned to build a powerful reputation as an up-and-comer.

#25 Quvenzhané Wallis
born August 28 2003 in Houma, Louisiana
The youngest of the group, Quvenzhané is the current record holder for the youngest ever Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012). She has followed-up that break-out performance with 12 Years A Slave (2013) and the upcoming remake of Annie (2014). There have been plenty of child stars who never made the jump to an adult career, but Quvenzhané has every opportunity to achieve success.

The aggregated Academy Award scorecard as of September 2014:
Total Best Actress Awards: 0
Total Best Actress Nominations: 1
Quvenzhané Wallis, for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)

Total Best Supporting Actress Awards: 0
Total Best Supporting Actress Nominations: 4
Abigail Breslin, for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Saoirse Ronan, for Atonement (2007)
Hailee Steinfeld, for True Grit (2010)
Shailene Woodley, for The Descendants (2011)

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