STOCKHOLM — Madeline Lupi, 12, of Stockholm and a seventh-grader at Hardyston Middle School, has been nominated by Hollywood’s 2017 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film for her role in the horror film, “Girl in the Cornfield,” released on Amazon Prime and YouTube in May 2016.
The 38th Young Artist Awards will be televised on March 17 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. Established in 1978, the Young Artist Awards is Hollywood's longest running awards show that recognizes and honors young talent. Many nominated Young Artists who have continued on to successful adult acting careers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Bell, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Justine and Jason Bateman, and numerous others.
“It feels so spectacular to be nominated,” Lupi said from her New Jersey home. “I really appreciate that child actors are getting the recognition they deserve and have worked so hard to accomplish. Thank you so much, there are no words to express my gratitude.”
In “Girl in the Cornfield,” Lupi plays Tiffany, a girl who encounters an evil entity, the Lady in White, with her older sister and friend while driving along a cornfield late at night. Soon after this frightening encounter, strange things begin to happen. Lupi also stars in the sequel, “Where Demons Dwell: Girl in the Cornfield 2,” which was released In January 2017.
“Finding out about Maddy’s nomination was a pleasant surprise although it shouldn’t have been,” producer and director Ryan Callaway said. “She’s a really intelligent kid, and it shows in how much thought she puts into her characters and performances. I think she’s a terrific actress, and she was one of my favorite parts of ‘The Girl in the Cornfield.’ I’m thrilled she’s being recognized for it.”
This is not Lupi’s first nomination for her acting ability. She was nominated for the 2016 NJ Perry Award for Ensemble for Outstanding Musical Theater production for “Billy Elliot.” In film, she’s been nominated for eight Best Actress awards, and won two of them at the 2016 Christian Film Festival and the 2016 Universal Film Festival for her role as Alice in “Milkshake.”
Overall, Lupi has had 50-plus film projects that have included feature- and short-length films, TV shows, Web series, commercials, and book trailers. She’s been in 12 theater productions, including “The Secret Garden with Hexagon Players of Mendham.”