Child and Teen Stars of film, television, internet and theater gathered Sunday at the Beverly Garland Hotel, in North Hollywood for the 31st Annual Young Artist Awards. Arriving from all points of the globe, so many well-dressed, young stars flooded the YAA red carpet it looked like celebrity rush hour on the 101! The young stars were photographed by all the news outlets and interviewed by fellow performer Jordan Bobbitt for the Hollywood Mom Blog; On the Red Carpet for ABC and by Piper of Piper’s Picks, among others. (Jordan’s video coverage of this event’s YAA red carpet will be posted soon, right here on HMB.) Guests were entertained by musical performers Yatharth Ratnum (pictured below), Ashlee Keating and Tyler Shamy.
Here’s a run down of who walked away with the YAA top honors:
In the Feature Film Category Max Records received top honors as Leading Young Actor for his work in “Where The Wild Things Are” and Abigail Breslin won for Leading Young Actress for “My Sister’s Keeper.” Both of the top honors were received in absentia however, which was somewhat disappointing and anticlimactic given all the actors who did attend and participate. Note to actors: this is a huge honor. Do yourself a favor and show up!
Feature Film Supporting Young Actor honors went to Canadian Ty Wood for “The Haunting” in Connecticut – a personal favorite of ours, who complimented Jordan on her first run as a Red Carpet Reporter. Sofia Vassilieva and Jessica Carlson tied for Supporting Young Actress. Vassilieva won for “My Sister’s Keeper” and Carlson won for “Vampires Assistant.” Carlson had the spotlight on her acceptance speech as Vassilieva was a no show.
Ensemble Cast honors went to the film “Shorts” with its young stars Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Devon Gearhart, Leo Howard, Jolie Vanier and Trevor Gagnon. Short and Vanier accepted on behalf of the entire young cast with genuine enthusiasm and appreciation. It was wonderful to see.
Joey Luthman won for Best Young Actor in a Short Film for “Save the Skeet.” To the crowd’s delight, presenter Nikki Reed jokingly read the winner of the Best Young Actress category as this years’ Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG slam-dunk winner Sandra Bullock, before announcing the real winner, Madison Leisle for her performance in “City of Lights.”
Presenters Remy Thorne and Sephanie Scott announced Actor Joey Pollari as the winner of Leading Young Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special for “Skyrunners.” In the same category Leading or Supporting Young Actress went to Tori Barban for “The Christmas Hope” and Supporting Young Actor honors went to Alex Ferris for “Living Out Loud.”
For Best Performance in a TV Series the awards went to Calum Worthy, Leading Young Actor for “Stormworld” and Ryan Newman won for Leading Young Actress, for “Zeke and Luther.” Ryan Malgarini won Supporting Young Actor honors for Gary Unmarried and his co-star in “Gary Unmarried,” Kathryn Newton, winning for Supporting Young Actress, besting one of our favorites, Allisyn Ashley Arm. When Kathryn accepted her award she said it was for a former agent who unwittingly told Kathryn she was washed up at the age of 6! Can you imagine telling a 6 year old her “career” is over? Well good for you Kathryn – look’s like you got the last laugh with a hot prime time TV show and a YAA win to boot!
Guest Starring honors for a young actor 14 and over went to Nate Hartley for Hannah Montana who thanked his life coach & mentor, Mikey Reed and comically thanked Justin Beiber “Just for being so Beiberlicious.” Actor Billy Unger won Guest Starring Young Actor 13 and Under for “Mental” and Emily Evan Rae won for Guest Starring Young Actress for “Private Practice.”
Recurring Young Actor 14 and Over in a TV Series went to super thoughtful Mick Hazen for As the World Turns who generously thanked not only his real parents but his “fake parents” from the soap. Colin Ford won for Recurring Young Actor 13 and Under for “Supernatural” and Alex Farrir presented Haley Pullos with Recurring Young Actress honors for “General Hospital.”
Actress & YAA nominee Bella Thorne was a vision in cream as she presented the awards for Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series to “Modern Family” with its young stars Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter. The adorable Nolan Gould (who HMB interviewed at length) graciously accepted on behalf of his cast mates.
Jordan Nagal won for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role for “Up” and Matthew Knight win for Best Performance in a DVD Film for Gooby. Lastly, Sterling Beaumon won for Best Performance in Live Theater for “‘Big – The Musical.”
For more information go to the organization’s web site youngartistawards.org.