August 28, 2003 |
Houma, Louisiana, United States
Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwə.ˈvɛn.ʒə.neɪ/; kwuh-VEN-zhuh-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), for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Personal life 
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 the first syllables of her parents' first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means "fairy" in Swahili. ("Zhané" is not actually a word in Swahili, and the Swahili Language does not use accented letters.)
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' youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest in all categories. However, she was just six during the filming. Wallis is the first African-American child actor to earn an Oscar nomination. She is the first person born in the 21st century to receive an Academy Award nomination.
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 the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man from New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. In 2013, she will collaborate with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.
||Beasts of the Southern Wild||Hushpuppy||Lead Role
American fantasy drama film
Youngest Best Actress Nominee in Oscar history.
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Awards and nominations 
See also 
- List of accolades received by Beasts of the Southern Wild
- List of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees
- "Beasts of the Southern Wild press kit".
- "How to Pronounce Quvenzhané Wallis". inogolo. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- Nicholson, Amy (June 29, 2012). "Quvenzhané Conquers Hollywood: 20 Questions for the 8-year-old star of Beasts of the Southern Wild". Boxoffice.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Blakely, Rhys (January 10, 2013). "Youngest v oldest actress vie for Oscar as Lincoln leads the pack". The Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- Walker, Tim (January 10, 2013). "Quvenzhané Wallis v Emmanuelle Riva: Best actress Oscar contested by oldest and youngest ever nominees". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- McKnight, Laura (May 13, 2010). "Houma girl to star in independent film". The Daily Comet. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Ebert, Roger (June 22, 2012). "Quvenzhané. A small force of nature". Roger Ebert's Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Truitt, Brian (June 26, 2012). "Quvenzhane Wallis makes 'Southern Wild' sing". USA Today. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Day, Patrick Kevin (January 10, 2013). "Oscar nominations: Quvenzhane Wallis is young but not youngest ever". Los Angeles Times.
- Alexander, Bryan (January 10, 2013). "History-making Quvenzhane Wallis: 'This is special'". USA Today.
- Rottenberg, Josh (February 24, 2013). "Beasts of the Southern Wild' breakout Quvenzhané Wallis to star in new big-screen 'Annie'". EW.com.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 2013-03-31.