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12 Young Actors Who Are Destined To Win An Oscar 

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Updated October 13, 2018 8.3k votes 1.9k voters 34.9k views 12 items

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Some people are just born with talent. Hollywood is full of rising stars who are making lasting careers for themselves long before most people graduate college, and the best young actors and actresses are taking the movie industry by storm. Some of them are still children, holding their own against some of the greatest adult actors in the world. It's not easy for up and coming actors, but these young talents have managed to beat the odds and show the world that they aren't messing around.

Some of them have already won awards for the characters they've portrayed throughout their short lives. They have worked with Oscar winning mentors and been featured in award winning films and television shows, all before the age of 25. This a collection of the cream of the crop, the best young actors most likely to win an Oscar at some point in their lives. It won't be long before these talented youths are holding the gold statue and giving the speech of their lifetimes. 

Freddie Highmore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Young Actors Who Are Destined To Win An Oscar
Photo: Bates Motel/NBCUniversal Television

Freddie Highmore has done the impossible; he managed to play one of the most creepy-but-revered characters in film history and make the role his own. He portrayed Norman Bates, the insane killer from Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho, in the modern TV series based on the feature film, Bates Motel. The show was critically acclaimed and launched the young actor's career. He is currently starring in the breakout hit The Good Doctorwhere he plays a young doctor with autism who struggles to find his place in the brutal world of medicine. He has a phenomenal acting range and a rising career, so it won't be long before he starts garnering awards.

Age: 25

Credits: Bates Motel, The Good Doctor, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, August Rush, Finding Neverland

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Anya Taylor-Joy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Young Actors Who Are Destined To Win An Oscar
Photo: The Witch/A24

One of Hollywood's newest talents, Anya Taylor-Joy made her big screen debut in 2015. She starred in the A24's horror/drama The Witch, a film widely regarded as one of the best horror movies of the decade. Since then, she's managed to roles in major films like M. Night Shyamalan's Split and Netflix's Barack Obama biopic Barry. The talented young actress will also appear the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, New Mutants. While her résumé is still growing, she has already exhibited some remarkable acting chops. 

Age: 21

Credits: Split, The Witch, Thoroughbreds

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Timothée Chalamet... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Young Actors Who Are Destined To Win An Oscar
Photo: Call Me by Your Name/Sony Pictures Classics

Call Me by Your Name was one of the most celebrated films of 2017, and young star Timothée Chalamet's vulnerable portrayal of Elio earned him Best Actor awards from the Austin Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association, the latter in which he was also titled 'Most Promising Performer.' Chalamet has a diverse portfolio, having starred in blockbusters as well as indie films. He appeared in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar as well as the highly praised film Lady Bird. In 2018, Chalamet will appear opposite Steve Carell as a meth-addicted teen in Beautiful Boy.

Age: 22

Credits: Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Interstellar

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Ezra Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Young Actors Who Are Destined To Win An Oscar
Photo: We Need To Talk About Kevin/Oscilloscope Laboratories

It seems like there is nothing Ezra Miller can't do. His range has him playing characters all over the emotional spectrum, from the wisecracking Barry Allen in DC's Justice League to a psychopathic teenager in We Need To Talk About Kevin. His chilling performance as Kevin solidified him as a genuine acting master, and it's open the door for him to star in some of the biggest franchises in the world. He was brilliant in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where he played a tortured young boy named Credence. There is no doubt that this young man has an Academy Award in his near future. 

Age: 25

Credits: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Stanford Prison Experience, Justice League, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, + more

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