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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.[1][2][3][4][5]

1st Youth in Film Awards
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Awarded forAchievement in 19781979 season
DateOctober 1979
SiteSheraton Universal Hotel
Universal City, California
Hosted byGary Coleman
Official websiteYoungArtistAwards.org

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.[1][6][7]

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.[3]

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CategoriesEdit

Bold indicates the winner in each category.[3]

Best Young Performer in a Feature FilmEdit

Best Juvenile Actor in A Motion PictureEdit

Dennis ChristopherBreaking Away – 20th Century Fox

Best Juvenile Actress in A Motion PictureEdit

Diane LaneA Little Romance – Warner Bros

Best Young Performer in a TV Series or SpecialEdit

Best Juvenile Actor in A TV Series or SpecialEdit

Adam RichEight is Enough – ABC

Best Juvenile Actress in a TV Series or SpecialEdit

Charlene TiltonDallas (Royal Marriage segment) – CBS

Best Young Performer in a TV Daytime SeriesEdit

Best Juvenile Actor in A Daytime SeriesEdit

Meegan KingDays of Our Lives – NBC

Best Juvenile Actress in A Daytime SeriesEdit

Tracey BregmanDays of Our Lives – NBC

Best Young Musical Recording ArtistEdit

Best Juvenile Musical Recording Artist – MaleEdit

Michael JacksonOff the Wall – Epic

Best Juvenile Musical Recording Artist – FemaleEdit

Evelyn "Champagne" KingShame – RCA

Best Entertainment Featuring YouthEdit

Best Motion Picture Featuring YouthEdit

A Little Romance – WB

Best TV Series or Special Featuring YouthEdit

Eight is Enough – ABC

Best Musical Entertainment Featuring Youth – TV or Motion PictureEdit

Nutcracker Fantasy – Sanrio Communications

Special awardsEdit

Jane Withers AwardEdit

Best Juvenile ComedianEdit

Gary ColemanDiff'rent Strokes – NBC[5]

The Sybil Jason AwardEdit

Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion PictureEdit

Diane LaneA Little Romance – WB

The Jackie Coogan AwardEdit

Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion PictureEdit

Thelonious BernardA Little Romance – WB

Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit

Jane Withers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Crouse, Richard (2005). Reel Winners (illustrated ed.). Dundurn Press Ltd. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-1-55002-574-3.
  2. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Gale / Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-7876-9047-2.
  3. ^ a b c "1st Annual Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  4. ^ "Former child stars Jackie Coogan and Jane Withers got together for the first "Youth in Film Awards"". Associated Press. 1979-10-16. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  5. ^ a b "Coleman, Jackson and King Garner Youth Awards". Jet Magazine. 1979-11-08. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  6. ^ "Young Artist Awards – President's Message". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  7. ^ "HFPA Golden Globes – Young Artist Foundation". GoldenGlobes.org. Archived from the original on 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-31.

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