She is the first African American child to receive an Oscar nomination: 6 facts about Quvenzhane’ Wallis
By Raveen Johnson
There are a slew of celebrities that deserve to be praised for their amazing work, but one celebrity in particular has made such a big impact in such a small amount of time. Little Miss Quvenzhane’ Wallis has charmed her way into our hearts with only two years of professional acting under her belt. Our community is amazed at her success at such a young age, and it is inspiring to see her continue to go nowhere but up. Here are a few facts about this child star that may come as a surprise to you. Wallis lied about her age just so she could audition for her first acting job.
She was five when she auditioned for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but the minimum age was six. She beat out 4,000 others for the role of Hushpuppy. Wallis became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress when she was nine years old. Nine! She is now the first person born in the 21st century to be nominated for an Academy Award, period. Talk about making history. Wallis is also the first African American child actor to receive an Oscar nomination.
The young actress is the face of Armani Junior, making her the first child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand. Quvenzhane’ is named after her mother and father, combining the first syllables of both of their first names. BONUS: Miss Wallis plays the leading role of Annie in a remake of the popular musical, Annie. She has gotten slack for this because the original character was not of color, but Wallis has still come out on top as being brave enough to even take on the role.
This rising star is one of many firsts, and that deserves some major credit. At only 11 years old, she is snagging jobs that some celebrities wish they could have been qualified for at her age.
She deals with the pros and cons of being a celebrity with a smile on her face, and it is a pleasure to have her as another positive representation of Black excellence.