Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis
Born August 28, 2003 (age 9)
Houma, Louisiana, United States
Years active 2012–present

Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwəˈvɛnʒəneɪ/; kwuh-VEN-jah-nay;born August 28, 2003) is an American child actress. She is known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012),[3] for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Life and career

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, the daughter of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. “Quven”, the first part of her name, combines her parents’ first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means “fairy” in Swahili.

Wallis, at age five, had to lie about her age to audition for her very first acting job—the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild—because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out some 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy—the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. Director Benh Zeitlin told ‘The Daily Beast’ that when he auditioned Wallis, he immediately realized he’d discovered what he was looking for, and changed the Beasts script to accommodate her strong-willed personality. Her reading ability, loud scream and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part.

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to rave reviews, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In May 2012, Wallis flew to France for the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received much acclaim and praised Wallis for her outstanding performance and it went on to win the prestigious Caméra d’Or award for Best first Feature Film. On January 10, 2013, at age nine, Wallis became the Academy Awards’ all-time youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest ever in all categories.However, she was just six during the filming.

She has signed on to star in Steve McQueen’s upcoming film 12 Years a Slave alongside Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. The film is based on a novel of the same name. In 2013, she will collaborate with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.

In February 2013, Wallis was cast as the title character in the film remake of Annie.

Filmography

Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
African-American Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Austin Film Critics Association Breakthrough Artist Award
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Capri Hollywood Festival Award for Best Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Breakout Performance
Hollywood Film Festival New Hollywood Award
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performance
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award
Satellite Award for Best Breakthrough Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Women Film Critics for Best Youth Performance
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Pending—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Pending—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Utah Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

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