Dakota Fanning, 'The Secret Life of Bees'

While Fanning turns just 15 the day after the Feb. 22 Oscarcast, should she get a nod she would not be the youngest lead actress nominee. That distinction rests with "Whale Rider" star Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was 13 years, 340 days on Oscar night 2004 when she lost the best actress award to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003831" title="Charlize Theron" href="/topic/entertainment/charlize-theron-PECLB003831.topic">Charlize Theron</a> ("Monster").<br>
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Fanning has established herself as one of the leading child actors of her generation, but this role marks the beginning of a transition for the now teenage star. She plays a young girl forced to grow up quickly with the help of a trio of Oscar contenders - winner <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000885" title="Jennifer Hudson" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jennifer-hudson-PECLB000885.topic">Jennifer Hudson</a> as her travel guardian and nominees <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002937" title="Queen Latifah" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/queen-latifah-PECLB002937.topic">Queen Latifah</a> and Sophie Okonedo as two of the eccentrics who give them shelter.
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While Fanning turns just 15 the day after the Feb. 22 Oscarcast, should she get a nod she would not be the youngest lead actress nominee. That distinction rests with "Whale Rider" star Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was 13 years, 340 days on Oscar night 2004 when she lost the best actress award to Charlize Theron ("Monster").

Fanning has established herself as one of the leading child actors of her generation, but this role marks the beginning of a transition for the now teenage star. She plays a young girl forced to grow up quickly with the help of a trio of Oscar contenders - winner Jennifer Hudson as her travel guardian and nominees Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo as two of the eccentrics who give them shelter.

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