Little Quvenzhane Wallis is superb in her role. I actually have her as the front-runner in my opinion for the Academy Award as Best Actress. I'm pretty sure that won't happen, but she definitely deserves serious consideration. I know a lot of her script is narration, but along with her acting and even her speaking parts, it's all both fascinating and believable.
I loved Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, it's so close those two, but I really think this little girl should win. I'll be happy either way, though.
And, 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.
She is currently 9 years old.
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