1st Youth in Film Awards
The 1st Youth in Film Awards ceremony (now known as the Young Artist Awards), presented by the Youth in Film Association, honored outstanding youth performers in the fields of film, television and music for the 1978–1979 season, and took place in October 1979 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California.
|1st Youth in Film Awards|
|Awarded for||Achievement in 1978—1979 season|
|Site||Sheraton Universal Hotel|
Universal City, California
|Hosted by||Gary Coleman|
Established in 1978 by long-standing Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, Maureen Dragone, the Youth in Film Association was the first organization to establish an awards ceremony specifically set to recognize and award the contributions of performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television, theater and music.
Although the Youth in Film Awards were conceived as a way to primarily recognize youth performers under the age of 21, the eldest winner in a competitive category at the 1st annual ceremony was Dennis Christopher who was 23 years old on the night he won as Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in Breaking Away.
★ Bold indicates the winner in each category.
Best Young Performer in a Feature FilmEdit
Best Juvenile Actor in A Motion PictureEdit
- Thelonious Bernard – A Little Romance – Warner Bros
- Panchito Gomez – Walk Proud – Universal
- Jeremy Levy – Rich Kids – United Artists
- Ricky Schroeder – The Champ – MGM
Best Juvenile Actress in A Motion PictureEdit
Best Young Performer in a TV Series or SpecialEdit
Best Juvenile Actor in A TV Series or SpecialEdit
- Willie Aames – Eight is Enough – ABC
- Shaun Cassidy – Like Normal People – ABC
- Gary Coleman – Diff'rent Strokes – NBC
- Noah Hathaway – Battlestar Galactica – Universal
Best Juvenile Actress in a TV Series or SpecialEdit
Best Young Performer in a TV Daytime SeriesEdit
Best Juvenile Actor in A Daytime SeriesEdit
Best Juvenile Actress in A Daytime SeriesEdit
Best Young Musical Recording ArtistEdit
Best Juvenile Musical Recording Artist – MaleEdit
- Shaun Cassidy – Room Service – Warner Bros.
- Jimmy Osmond (with The Osmonds) – Steppin' Out – Mercury
Best Juvenile Musical Recording Artist – FemaleEdit
Best Entertainment Featuring YouthEdit
Best Motion Picture Featuring YouthEdit
★ A Little Romance – WB
- Breaking Away – 20th Century Fox
- The Champ – MGM
- Nutcracker Fantasy – Sanrio Communications
- The Muppet Movie – Marble Arch
Best TV Series or Special Featuring YouthEdit
★ Eight is Enough – ABC
- Benji's Very Own Christmas Story – Mulberry Square
- Diff'rent Strokes – NBC
- Little House on the Prairie – NBC
- The Waltons – CBS
Best Musical Entertainment Featuring Youth – TV or Motion PictureEdit
★ Nutcracker Fantasy – Sanrio Communications
Jane Withers AwardEdit
Best Juvenile ComedianEdit
The Sybil Jason AwardEdit
Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion PictureEdit
The Jackie Coogan AwardEdit
Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion PictureEdit
Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit
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