9 Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest Best Actress Nominee In History
Today the 85th Academy Award Nominees were announced. Quvenzhané Wallis made history by becoming the youngest best actress nominee ever at 9 years of age. She was 5 years old when she auditioned for the role of “Hush Puppy” in Beasts of the Southern Wild according to Hollywood Reporter.
The film Beasts of the Southern Wild was also nominated for 3 other awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This was an unexpected victory after being left off the Golden Globes nominations list.
The film stars Henry Smith and Quvenzhane Wallis as father and daughter. The pair live in an apocalyptic, fantastical version of Louisiana. When the father becomes sick, the films fantasy elements increase. The official description at IMDB says as the store continues, “nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.”
Watch an interview and some on set snippets of Quvenzhané Wallis in the video below. She talks about the difficulties of remembering her lines.