It has bothered me for years that child actors (boys and girls together) don't get the recognition they deserve at the Oscars. The top performances get nominated for a supporting actor category, to compete against adults. Only a few have actually won the award (Tatum O'Neill and Anna Pacquin). Others had no chance at all.
Of course the academy will have to define an age limit to be considered a child actor- should it be below 18/17/16, etc. by a certain date, or before the movie started filming or before it was released- all those will have to be defined.
I don't buy that there are not enough child actor roles, if boys and girls are placed in one pool. In a few categories I have seen just 3 nominations (I think it may be make up or visual effects). It should be very easy to identify 3 child actors in a whole year that would be deserving of a nomination.
Is there a reason the academy does not have this category? Neither does the Golden Globe or any other major organizations. I would also like to see it at the Golden Globes. If they can split into drama and comedy for movies, I don't see why cannot add a child actor category.