Quvenzhané Wallis won the Best Young Actor/Actress Award for her performance in "Beast of the Southern Wild" at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Jan. 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif. The awards show was hosted by Sam Rubin and was broadcast on the CW Network. This is the first Critics' Choice Award win and nomination for Quvenzhané Wallis.
This pint size actress was not even brought in to audition for the role that has made her a star. Her mother brought in her older sister at a local Library to audition for the role, but when Quvenzhané entered the audition room, she proclaimed that she wanted the role of Hushpuppy and even lied about her age to get the part.
Quvenzhané Wallis has also been nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and now holds the record for the youngest Best Actress nominee. The Academy Awards will be presented on the last Sunday in February.
In "Beasts of the Southern Wild," faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) must learn the ways of courage and love.
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