Wednesday, February 20

9 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis nominated for Academy Award

I am always on the lookout for artists who are making a name for themselves simply by focusing on their passion and following their hearts. Well, first time actor Quvenzhané Wallis is doing just that!

I couldn't believe that this little fireball is only 9 years-old and was only FIVE when she auditioned for the part of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. It's her first time acting but audiences and critics loved her so much that she has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She's the youngest person ever (and only the tenth black girl/womyn) nominated for an Oscar in this category in the 85 year history of the Academy Awards!

It’s easy to see why this young girl, and the movie, have been getting so much attention. Beasts of the Southern Wild is the story of Hushpuppy and her father Wink, played by Dwight Henry  (another first time actor), as they prepare for a storm that's about to strike the Louisiana bayou where they live. Have you seen the movie yet...if so what did you think?

Her nomination is well deserved and I hope to watch her acting career continue for a long time. If you haven’t yet seen Beasts of the Southern Wild it is still playing in many cities so check your local listings. Will you be tuning in to the Academy Awards to cheer on Quvenzhané? I know I will be!

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