History Maker: Little Black Girl Becomes Youngest Nominated For An Oscar!
Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis walked away with the Critic’s Choices Award for best young actor/actress last night. And that means she’s the one to watch at the 2013 Oscars! Find out about her adorable acceptance speech and what’s up next for this shining star….
‘First I would like to thank God for all my blessings. I would also like to thank the film critic’s for this award.’ Thanks to Mr. Benh Zeitlin and the Court 13 family for thinking I could make a good Hushpuppy. Lastly, to my family, friends and fans—good night!’,
Quvenzhané, a native of Houma, LA, stars in Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a film that explores how a young girl uses her fantasies to cope with living in a community separated from the Louisiana mainland after Hurricane Katrina.
She was chosen by director Benh Zeitlin from a pool of 4,000 hopefuls (she auditioned at the age of 5) and has gone on to make history as the youngest person in history to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.
And now that she’s signed on to star opposite Brad Pitt in a new historical drama called Twelve Years a Slave, and has the attention of famed directors like Steven Spielberg, Quvenzhané is one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
“It’s exciting, this is special. I’m going to celebrate with pizza, chicken and waffles and good stuff.”
Our kinda girl. Congrats Quvenzhané!