Taylor Lautner could follow the step of his "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart who has just landed Orange Rising Star Award at 2010 BAFTAs. The 18-year-old hunk has been announced as one of the contenders to win Best Performance by Leading Young Actor at the 31st Annual Young Artist Awards for his portrayal of Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga's New Moon". For the said prize, he will be up against Jake T. Austin ("Hotel For Dogs"), Jimmy Bennett ("Alabama Moon"), Max Records ("Where The Wild Things Are") and Devon Bostick ("Adoration").
Meanwhile, Emma Roberts and Saoirse Ronan are put under the same category, facing each other for the Best Performance by Leading Young Actress kudo. The "Hotel For Dogs" star and the "The Lovely Bones" beauty are additionally joined by Abigail Breslin ("My Sister's Keeper"), Jolie Vanier ("Shorts") and Yara Shahidi ("Imagine That") in the competition for the award.
The nominations for 2010 Young Artist Awards also honor Chloe Moretz and Dakota Fanning with one nod each. The "500 Days of Summer" star is nominated for Best Performance by Supporting Young Actor for her role in the romantic comedy, while the "I Am Sam" star secures a spot in Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role category for being cast in animation "Coraline".
The 31st Annual Young Artist Awards is presented by The Young Artist Foundation and is dedicated to talented young people in television and movies who might otherwise be overshadowed by their older co-stars. The winners of the awards show will be announced on Sunday, April 11 during a gala held at the Beverly Garland, Studio City in California.
List of the 31st Annual Young Artist Awards in Feature Film:
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURE FILM
Leading Young Actor