Kid Stars Shine at Critics’ Choice Awards

At last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Hollywood’s youngest stars proved they are just as fierce at the fashion game as their grownup counterparts.

The Best Young Actor/Actress category featured some of the industry’s hottest rising talents, including Quvenzhané Wallis, Mackenzie Foy, Jaeden Lieberher and Noah Wiseman. Though 20-year-old Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) took home the big award, all of the younger nominees made quite a stylish showing on the blue carpet.

Wallis, recognized for her title role in the modern-day remake of “Annie,” wowed in a navy blue textured satin dress and simple Armani ballet flats. At just 11 years old, Wallis is already a seasoned pro on the awards show circuit. On Sunday, the tween rocked the Golden Globes red carpet in a custom-made lilac-and-cream dress by Giorgio Armani. (As the face of the Armani Junior children’s label, let’s just say she has a major “in” with the Italian fashion house.)

The Louisiana native, who in 2013 became the youngest Best Actress Oscar nominee for her sparkling performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” has shown a penchant for playfulness with accessories. On the Oscar’s red carpet that year, she set the hearts of her tween fans aflutter when she wore a glamorous Armani floor-length gown paired, in a refreshingly whimsical touch, with a plush puppy purse. For her big “Annie” premiere in December, the actress sassed up her blush-colored Armani party dress with custom embellished Converse high-tops.

Foy, who shot to fame in 2012 when she landed the coveted role of half-human, half-vampire Renesmee Cullen in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” walked last night’s carpet in a black-and-pink sequined minidress by Guilietta and black patent-leather heeled sandals. The 14-year-old was nominated for her role in Christopher Nolan’s space adventure “Interstellar.”

When Footwear News spoke with Foy in 2012, the actress gushed about her love for Audrey Hepburn’s demure, ladylike style. “She was always so classy and elegant,” she said. Hepburn’s influence is evident in many of Foy’s recent red carpet looks. At the New York premiere of “Interstellar” in November, the sophisticated starlet paired her very Audrey-like sparkly black Kate Spade dress with a pair of Loeffler Randall’s Reina kitten-heel sandals.

While the girls made plenty of fashion waves last night, the boys definitely represented, too.

At 11 years old, Jaeden Lieberher, nominated for feel-good drama “St. Vincent,” has already developed a keen sense of style, with a preference for super-dapper and sophisticated shoes. He looked all grown up last night in a classic Brooks Brothers tuxedo and spiffy black oxfords. At the New York premiere of “St. Vincent” in October, Lieberher went for a bold look, wearing a burgundy velvet two-piece suit, topped off with a pair of black-and-gray wingtips. On the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the Philadelphia-born actor looked dashing in a three-piece pinstriped suit, accented with a red bow tie and sleek caramel leather oxfords. In fact, the bow tie has become a signature accessory for Lieberher, who is currently filming “The Confirmation” alongside Clive Owen.