9-Year-Old Sets Oscars Record as Youngest Best Actress Nominee
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest actor to land an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. (Image: File)

This 9-year-old proves yet again you’re never too young to make a significant mark on the world. Quvenzhané Wallis has become the youngest actor to land an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. The Louisiana native was just 5 when she auditioned for the role in the Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” playing character Hushpuppy, according to Huffington Post.

She’s vying for the honor against Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Siver Linings Playbook,” Naomi Watts for “The Impossible,” and Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour.”

The young star has now been cast in the upcoming movie “Twelve Years a Slave,” which also stars Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender.

Read more at Huffington Post …

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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