When Being Too Young Can Backfire
Calling Oscar "the golden man," Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year-old acting sensation from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," faces challenges if she's to make Academy history.
Over the closing frames of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhane Wallis, who plays Hushpuppy, an irrepressible girl living in a mythical version of the Louisiana bayou country, issues a ringing declaration: "In a million years," she says, "when kids go to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub." It's a thrilling moment since Hushpuppy is such an unforgettable character, and in the 10 months since writer-director Benh Zeitlin's film debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival, Wallis herself has made an equally indelible impression.
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