The 31st Young Artist Awards ceremony, presented by the Young Artist Association, honored excellence of young performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television, theatre and music for the year 2009, and took place on April 11, 2010 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel in North Hollywood, California.
Established in 1978 by long-standing Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Maureen Dragone, the Young Artist 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.
★ Bold indicates the winner in each category.
- Jake T. Austin – Hotel for Dogs – DreamWorks Paramount
- Jimmy Bennett – Alabama Moon – Alabama Moon Entertainment
- Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Imprint Entertainment
- Devon Bostick – Adoration – Ego Film Arts
- Emma Roberts – Hotel for Dogs – DreamWorks Paramount
- Jolie Vanier – Shorts – Warner Brothers
- Yara Shahidi – Imagine That – Paramount
- Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones – DreamWorks
- Brennan Bailey – My Sister’s Keeper – New Line Cinema
- Alex Ferris – The Time Traveler’s Wife – Warner Brothers
- Brandon Soo Hoo – G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Paramount
- William Cuddy – Amelia – Fox Searchlight
- Chandler Canterbury – Knowing – Summit Entertainment
- Jake Cherry – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – Twentieth Century Fox
- Jae Head – The Blind Side – Warner Brothers
- Chase Ellison – Fireflies in the Garden – Kulture Machine
- Jason Spevack – Sunshine Cleaning – Overture