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Quvenzhane Wallis

Biography

Had her discovery function as Hushpuppy in the 2012 indie film Beasts from the Southern Wild, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She also received a Golden World nomination for Greatest Actress within a FILM, Musical or Humor for her function in the 2014 film Annie. She lied about her age group when auditioning for Beasts from the Southern Crazy. She made an appearance in the very best Picture champion 12 Years a Slave with Michael Fassbender. She’s three siblings. Her mom is normally Qulyndreia and her dad is normally Venjie Wallis, Sr. She starred in Beasts from the Southern Crazy, which was aimed by Benh Zeitlin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Quvenzhané Wallis
Date Of Birth August 28, 2003
Place Of Birth Houma, LA
Height 1.5 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Parents Qulyndreia Wallis, Venjie Wallis, Sr.
Siblings Qunyquekya Wallis, Vejon Wallis, Venjie Jr. Wallis
Awards Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BET YoungStars Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, MTV Movie Award for Next Generation, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Movies Trolls, Fathers and Daughters, Annie, The Prophet, 12 Years a Slave, Boneshaker, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Recalling why he cast completely unknown Quvenzhané for the leading role in her first-ever film, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), director Benh Zeitlin said, "It was just the feeling behind her eyes.".
2New York, BY, USA: Signed to play the title role of "Annie" in a modern American film version of the iconic musical. [February 2013]
3Her name is pronounced "Qua-ven-zhah-nay.".
4The 10th black actress to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. She joins the ranks of Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe and Viola Davis.
5In 2013, became the youngest person ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). She is also the first Academy Award nominee who was born in the 21st century.
6In a ceremony on the night of November 14, 2012, Quvenzhané was acknowledged and honored with the key to her hometown, Houma in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, for her work in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012).
7She appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.171 (2012), on June 29, 2012, and told Jay Leno that the Zhané part of her name means "fairy" in Swahili. Her nickname is "Naysie". According to a USA Today interview, her name is pronounced "Qui-ven-ZHEN-ay".
8At age 5, Nazie (her nickname), had to fib about her age to audition for her very first acting job--the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out some 4,000 other local kids to play Hushpuppy--the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. Director Benh Zeitlin told 'The Daily Beast' that when he auditioned Nazie, he immediately realized he'd discovered what he was looking for, and changed the 'Beasts' script to accommodate her strong-willed personality.
9Daughter of Venjie Sr. and Qulyndreia Wallis.
10Her three siblings are Qunyquekya, Venjie Jr., and Vejon.
11Attends Honduras Elementary School, located in Houma, Louisiana, U.S.A.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trolls2016Harper (voice)
Fathers & Daughters2015Lucy
Annie2014Annie
Sia: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile2014Video short
The Prophet2014Almitra (voice)
12 Years a Slave2013Margaret Northup
Boneshaker2013ShortBlessing
Beasts of the Southern Wild2012Hushpuppy

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The LEGO Ninjago Movie2017performer: "It's The Hard-Knock Life"
Annie2014performer: "Maybe", "It's The Hard-Knock Life", "Tomorrow", "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here 2014 Film Version", "The City's Yours", "Opportunity", "Who Am I?", "I Don't Need Anything But You 2014 Film Version"
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
C à vous2012TV SeriesHerself
Super Soul Sunday2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
MKP Celebrity Talk2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Beat Bobby Flay2016TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Beyoncé: Lemonade2016TV Special
5TH NAFCA: African Oscar2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHerself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20152015TV SpecialHerself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Annie: It's a Hard Knock Camp - Auditions and Training2015Video shortHerself / 'Annie'
23rd Annual Trumpet Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie
Live with Kelly and Ryan2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie / Herself - Guest
The One Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie
Jeopardy!2014TV SeriesHerself - Video Clue Presenter
The Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie
The 8th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Good Morning America2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Annie / Herself
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2014TV MovieHerself
Dancing with the Stars2014TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Annie / Herself
Inside Edition2013-2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Annie / Herself
The Power of Our Presence2014ShortHerself
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHerself
2013 MTV Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Oscars Red Carpet Live2013TV SpecialHerself - Interviewee
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee & Presenter
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Special documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual Satellite Awards2012TV MovieHerself - Winner

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2015VideoAnnie (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - FemaleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Virtuoso AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Young Actor/ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABreakthrough Performance - Female
2012NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBreakthrough PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role - FemaleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBreakthrough Performance on CameraBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding New TalentBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBreakthrough AwardBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Joe Barber AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Youth PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Young ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Breakthrough PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Breakthrough PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Breakthrough Artist AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Rising Star AwardBlack Film Critics Circle Awards

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2012Capri Actress AwardCapri, HollywoodBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising PerformerBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Pauline Kael Breakout AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012New Hollywood AwardHollywood Film AwardsBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalAnnie (2014)
2015BET AwardBET AwardsYoungStars Award
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actress, Motion PictureAnnie (2014)
2015Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Young Actor/ActressAnnie (2014)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureAnnie (2014)
2014WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Young ActressAnnie (2014)
2013MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Youth PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting Ensemble12 Years a Slave (2013)· Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Chris Chalk, Michael Kenneth Williams, Liza J. Bennett, Kelsey Scott, Devyn A. Tyler, Cameron Zeigler
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger Actor/ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013BET AwardBET AwardsYoungStars Award
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Female NewcomerBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Breakthrough AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Breakthrough AwardGotham AwardsBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest PerformanceBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Actress in a Leading RoleBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBreakthrough Film ArtistBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBreakthrough Performance of the YearBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

TitleSalary
Fathers and Daughters (2015)$40,000
Annie (2014)$750,000

#Quote
1My audition turned out to be at the library and my Mom got a call from one of her friends and it was for a six-to-nine-year-old. So my Mom said I couldn't go 'cause I was only five. But we just went and we act like we're having nothin' to do; we had done nothin' wrong. And we just sneaked in because I was like one year younger so we just sneaked in and we walked out like we ain't done nothin'. So they called back and they said they were looking for Nazie. My Mom says, 'Oh, you must be looking for Quvenzhané.' They were like, no, we must have called the wrong person and they almost hung up, but my Mom caught them. And she goes, 'She must have told you Nazie,' and they were like, 'Yes, that's who we're looking for.' And that's Quvenzhané. And they only have found me because the character who is Hushpuppy, she does what is right and she is fearless and that's what I did at the audition.
2[answering the question 'If you had caused the end of the world, what would you do?'] I would try to fix it. I would go to bed on time and brush my teeth.

#Trademark
1Dog-shaped purses

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