9-year-old American child actress Quvenzhané Wallis has become the world’s youngest nominee for the Academy Award in the Best Actress category for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild. In addition to Best Actress, the film ‘Beast of the Southern Wild’ has been nominated for three more categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is about a five-year-old child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her ailing and short-tempered father Wink in the backwoods bayou squalor of an isolated Louisiana swampland. Hushpuppy is the only one person left to take care of her father but all of a sudden she becomes stricken with a strange illness.
Quvenzhané Wallis was born on August 28, 2003 in Louisiana, Quvezhane to a teacher Qulyndreia and a truck driver Venice Wallis. At the age of five, she auditioned for the role in Beasts of the Southern Wild by lying that she was six as they were auditioning children with the minimum age of six. She was chosen from 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy. She has also been signed for the upcoming film Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ based on a novel of the same name. She will be there with big stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. She will be working with Sundanceonce again in 2013 for a short film called Boneshaker.
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