Celebration! “Beasts of The Southern Wild” Star Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever At 9

January 10, 2013  |  

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While you were sleeping, Academy Award nominations were being announced this morning (and we’re talking EARLY since it’s still early as I type this), and out of all the nominees, snubs and surprises, the nomination that has us most excited is the one little Quvenzhané Wallis received for her role in the movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild. She is up for the Best Actress Oscar, pitting her against seasoned actresses and “It girls” like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain (ya’ll remember her as the lovable ditzy wife from The Help?). Wallis is now the youngest woman–er, young lady, to be nominated in the Best Actress category ever, at just nine years old. What in the hell was I doing at nine???

If you missed out on Beasts of the Southern Wild, an extraordinarily touching piece of work, Wallis plays six-year-old Hushpuppy, an optimistic and independent child thanks to her father, Wink, a single dad who teaches her how to be able to fend for herself. So much so that he can come off kind of cruel. It also helps that teachers at her school teach the local children how to prepare for the arrival of a prehistoric creature called an Auroch, which plays a big part in the movie. After a storm hits and the life around her starts to crumble, Hushpuppy is forced to put everything she’s taught to good use and goes in search of her long-lost mother, who she pined for in a majority of the movie.

I’m so happy to see not only this little girl, but this movie receive its just dues from the Academy. I was shocked to find that the Golden Globes and other big awards shows didn’t nominate Wallis, the director, Behn Zeitlin, or the movie as a whole, so I was expecting a big snub like Pariah received last year. But someone must have wised up because Wallis will be sitting pretty on Oscar night, as well as Zeitlin, who was nominated for Best Director and for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the movie received a Best Picture nom. Please check out this gem of a film if you can find it, because it is available on DVD. I had the opportunity to check out it sometime last year, and was blown away by this little lady, as well as by how visually emanate the film was at all times. If you didn’t know Quvenzhané’s name already, it will be stuck in your head now! Congrats!

And on a side note, congratulations are also in order for Denzel Washington once again, who has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Flight, another amazing film. And Django Unchained received a Best Picture nomination (and Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino), though Christoph Waltz was the only actor from the film nominated. I know Leo DiCaprio is somewhere fuming…Big ups to all!

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  • scandalous7

    This is what Im talkin about, yes!

  • Ms_Mara

    Kudos and congrats to her! Kudos to you too, Madamenoire, because I first heard about her here. Congrats to Denzel, as well. How bout them apples, Malik Yoba!

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  • MLS2698

    I really hope this young lady wins! When this movie was playing in my area, it was only in select, odd theaters, so I missed it. I actually saw it on direct TV, but I had to watch it twice to get some of the meanings.

  • Congrats baby! Lawd…why they have to give her that first name tho???

  • Meyaka

    Congratulation baby,I have the movie on my pc I haven’t watched it yet but I will.

  • Tamz

    I want to see this movie! Congrats to her!!

  • Ms. Bee

    Yay for Quez… Quv… Q! Yay Q! That movie is really good.

  • bluekissess

    Who is this girl? Congratulations to Denzel loved Flight and two is a crowd ( black nominations) of course a white would get nominated in DJANGO. That is apart of the Oscar Nomination equation for black actor’s. Umm waiting for Spike Lee’s opinion in 5… 4…3…2…1

  • Ms. Kameria

    She is adorable and I have to make it my business to see this this movie, I just have to get the time to.

  • kierah

    Congrats Quvenzhane! Now people will have learn how to pronounce your name correctly and preface it with the phrase “Academy Award nominee.” So proud of her!