Youngest Ever To Be Nominated For Best Actress Award Is Nine [VIDEO]
She was 5 when she auditioned for the role, 6 when filming started. Now Quvenzhane Wallis, star of the critically aclaimed film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is 9 and is the youngest actress ever to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
The Huffington Post reports that Wallis was an unknown with no experience when she was selected to play the part of Hushpuppy.
She was just a regular kid from nearby Houma, La. – she’d never even acted before, and actually pretended to be a year older than she was to be considered.
She is against some pretty stiff competition at the awards which will be handed out Sunday night and televised on ABC beginning at 8:30.
Quvenzhane is up against the oldest-ever best actress nominee, 85-year-old French veteran Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour.” Rounding out the field are Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”
Check out this featurette on Quevenzhene and you’ll see what the Academy saw in her performance.