Who is Quvenzhané Wallis? Meet This 9-Year-Old Acting Super Star!


Quvenzhané Wallis made Oscar history this morning! | Source: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

We love Jennifer Lawrence here at Gurl, so when the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced this morning, we were excited to learn that Jen is in the running this year for Best Actress in a Leading Role. However, we have to say that it’s another girl nominated in that same category that we’re the most psyched to talk about: Quvenzhané Wallis.

At only nine years old, that makes Quvenzhané the youngest Best Actress nominee EVER. She is up for her performance as Hushpuppy in the indie movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film centers around Hushpuppy, who lives with her dad in a poor bayou community, and the plot is also infused with fantastical elements. Even though watching this movie has been on my to-do list for a while now, it’s now raced it’s way to the top because I want to be totally in the know about her history-making performance!

Quvenzhané was only five-years-old when she auditioned (try not to feel too guilty about your lack of big moves at that age) and this is her first movie. So what is Quvenzhané’s acting method? Please just fall in love with this exchange at a press event between Beasts director Benh Zeitlin and Quvenzhané that Entertainment Weekly recounted: Zeitlin asked what goes through her mind when she’s acting. The little girl considered this for a moment, then broke into a smile: “La la-la, la-la, la-la …!” she sang. “That’s all I think!” Oh my gosh, this girl is awesome.

I am simultaneously beyond excited for Quvenzhané, and also extremely jealous that she’ll be going to the Academy Awards this year. Would it be possible for me to get an honorary invitation from someone? Oscar nomination day always kicks off my movie mania, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of complaints to make with the nominee list this year. Like, where is Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director? Also, why no love at all for The Perks of Being A Wallflower?

The thing is, though, that in any given year there’s always going to be more awesome performances than there are nomination slots, and I like that the Oscars get people talking and debating. While only one person may get the statue, I think getting people talking about film and artistic performances in general is kind of a big win. Even though there are a couple of names I wish had been called, I’m certainly not going to let that take away from how excited I am about Quvenzhané’s nomination. Other ladies I’m excited for? I’m digging Anne Hathaway being nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Adele getting a nomination for her song “Skyfall.” Get it, girls!

The Academy Awards are still a little bit of a ways off (February 24!), but you can get your movie awards season off to a good start by tuning in to the Golden Globes on Sunday, which are going to be hosted by fabulous and funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. I can only expect good things.

Had you heard of Quvenzhané Wallis before? Have you seen Beasts of the Southern Wild? What do you think about the rest of this year’s Academy Award nominations? Do you dream of going to the Oscars one day? Tell us in the comments!


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