There is so little to say about Quvenzhane Wallis and her career because she is just getting started, but because of her overwhelmingly brilliant performance in this year’s Best Picture nominee, “The Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012), there seems to be no end to the conversation about her talents. Much has been said about the fact that at the age of nine she has become the youngest Best Actress nominee ever, but her dramatic performance becomes even more impressive when you consider that at the time of filming she was even younger.
When she was five, Quvenzhane (or Nazie for short) was one of 4,000 young girls who auditioned for the now famous role of Hushpuppy, who in the aftermath of a ferocious storm, watches as her island town called the “Bathtub” is pushed beneath the ocean. Hushpuppy is forced to survive with the remaining people of the “Bathtub”, including her sickly father, Wink (Dwight Henry), and a group of prehistoric creatures defrosted from the ice age, calledAurochs.
Nazie lied about her age because they were only looking at girls between the age of six and nine, but director Benh Zeitlin was blown away by her passion, enthusiasm, screaming ability and her talent of burping on cue. Once Nazie had the role, she completely threw herself into the character of Hushpuppy, making a lasting impression on everyone who has seen the film. There has been plenty of Oscar conversations for both Nazie and “The Beasts of the Southern Wild” ever since the film’s premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, but the fact that they were nominated for Academy Awards just short of a year later is a true testament of the impact that Nazie has had on us all.
You can see Quvenzhane Wallis later this year alongside Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in “Twleve Years a Slave” (2013), directed by Steve McQueen.
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