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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
1 Recalling 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.".
2 New York, BY, USA: Signed to play the title role of "Annie" in a modern American film version of the iconic musical. [February 2013]
3 Her name is pronounced "Qua-ven-zhah-nay.".
4 The 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.
5 In 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.
6 In 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).
7 She 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".
8 At 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.
9 Daughter of Venjie Sr. and Qulyndreia Wallis.
10 Her three siblings are Qunyquekya, Venjie Jr., and Vejon.
11 Attends Honduras Elementary School, located in Houma, Louisiana, U.S.A.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trolls 2016 Harper (voice)
Fathers & Daughters 2015 Lucy
Annie 2014 Annie
Sia: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile 2014 Video short
The Prophet 2014 Almitra (voice)
12 Years a Slave 2013 Margaret Northup
Boneshaker 2013 Short Blessing
Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 Hushpuppy

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The LEGO Ninjago Movie 2017 performer: "It's The Hard-Knock Life"
Annie 2014 performer: "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 Stars 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
C à vous 2012 TV Series Herself
Super Soul Sunday 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
MKP Celebrity Talk 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show 2015-2017 TV Series Herself
Beat Bobby Flay 2016 TV Series Herself - Judge
Beyoncé: Lemonade 2016 TV Special
5TH NAFCA: African Oscar 2015 TV Special Herself - Nominee
BET Awards 2015 2015 TV Movie Herself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2015 TV Series Herself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2015 2015 TV Special Herself
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Herself
Annie: It's a Hard Knock Camp - Auditions and Training 2015 Video short Herself / 'Annie'
23rd Annual Trumpet Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Nominee
Made in Hollywood 2014 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself - Annie
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2013-2014 TV Series Herself - Annie / Herself - Guest
The One Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Annie
Jeopardy! 2014 TV Series Herself - Video Clue Presenter
The Kitchen 2014 TV Series Herself - Annie
The 8th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself - Presenter
Good Morning America 2013-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Annie / Herself
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 TV Movie Herself
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Annie
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013-2014 TV Series Herself - Annie / Herself
Inside Edition 2013-2014 TV Series documentary Herself - Annie / Herself
The Power of Our Presence 2014 Short Herself
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Herself
2013 MTV Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The Oscars Red Carpet Live 2013 TV Special Herself - Interviewee
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee & Presenter
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Special documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012-2013 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2013 TV Series Herself
The 17th Annual Satellite Awards 2012 TV Movie Herself - Winner

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special 2015 Video Annie (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Virtuoso Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Breakthrough Performance - Female
2012 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Breakthrough Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakthrough Performance on Camera Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Special Achievement Award Satellite Awards Outstanding New Talent Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Breakthrough Award Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Joe Barber Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Young Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 AAFCA Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Breakthrough Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Breakthrough Artist Award Austin Film Critics Association Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Rising Star Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards

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2012 Capri Actress Award Capri, Hollywood Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Pauline Kael Breakout Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 New Hollywood Award Hollywood Film Awards Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Annie (2014)
2015 BET Award BET Awards YoungStars Award
2015 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture Annie (2014)
2015 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Annie (2014)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Annie (2014)
2014 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Young Actress Annie (2014)
2013 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble 12 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
2013 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 BET Award BET Awards YoungStars Award
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Female Newcomer Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Breakthrough Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Breakthrough Award Gotham Awards Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Performance Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 IOFCP Award International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Actress in a Leading Role Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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

#Quote
1 My 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
1 Dog-shaped purses

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