One of our features for Talent On The Rise, 9 year old Ms. Quvenzhane’ Wallis took home her first award last night as Best Actress at The Critics Choice Awards! Up next….the Oscars! She is the youngest person in history to be nominated for Best Lead Actress!
With her smartphone in her hand, 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis stole the hearts of viewers as she accepted her Critic’s Choice Award for Best Young Actor/Actress last night. She told the crowd,
‘First I would like to thank God for all my blessings. I would also like to thank the film critic’s for this award.’ Thanks to Mr. Benh Zeitlin and the Court 13 family for thinking I could make a good Hushpuppy. Lastly, to my family, friends and fans—good night!’,
Quvenzhané, a native of Houma, LA, stars in Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a film that explores how a young girl uses her fantasies to cope with living in a community separated from the Louisiana mainland after Hurricane Katrina.
She was chosen by director Benh Zeitlin from a pool of 4,000 hopefuls (she auditioned at the age of 5) and has gone on to make history as the youngest person in history to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. In response to her Oscar nomination, she told USA today:
“It’s exciting, this is special. I’m going to celebrate with pizza, chicken and waffles and good stuff.”
Next, she is starring opposite Brad Pitt in a drama called “Twelve Years A Slave.”
Love her!!!! Congratulations and Good Luck with the Oscars!!