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As for the boys, Haley Joel Osmont of "The Sixth Sense" had a high-profile career as a child actor, appearing in “Pay it Forward” and “A.I.," which then morphed into him acting in movies such as "Montana Amazon" and doing voiceover work for the video game series “Kingdom Hearts.” Actor Justin Henry from “Kramer vs. Kramer” has continued working as an actor but may be still best known from his early role. In total, only six boys have ever been nominated for a performance, while more than twice as many girls have either won or gotten a nod.
It definitely appears that the star power gained from an Oscar nod gives young actors and actresses a short career boost – whether they are defined by the nomination or manage to emerge from its shadow is another matter entirely.
(To see some slightly silly child acting, check out this video by the website Jest, in which kids interpret this year's Best Picture nominees for other kids.)