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QUVENZHANE WALLIS (Annie) is an Academy Award-nominated actress whose talents and command of the screen go beyond her young age. Originally from Houma, Louisiana, Quvenzhane got her big break at the age of five when she auditioned for the lead role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, where she beat out over four thousand other candidates and went on to make history. Quvenzhane is now well on her way to becoming a household name.

In Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhane's portrayal of Hushpuppy, a young girl growing up in the flood-plagued bayous of Louisiana, was hailed by critics as a career-defining performance and one of the best by a young actor to date. It is no surprise then, when the film received an array of Oscar nominations, that Quvenzhane became the youngest actress to ever receive a nomination when she was nominated for Best Actress at the age of nine.

Along with the top-honor nod, Quvenzhane went on to win a number of impressive awards, including the African American Film Critics Association for Breakthrough Artist Award (2013), Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer (2013), Hollywood Film Festival New Hollywood Award (2013), the Women Film Critics for Best Youth Performance (2013), and the Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent (2012), amongst others. Quvenzhane then graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly's 2013 Oscar Issue.

In 2013, Quvenzhane joined the cast of the movie adaptation of Khalil Gibran's iconic worldwide best-selling book The Prophet, which is produced by Salma Hayek and recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina also star in the adaptation. She also has a small role in the Academy Award-winning film Twelve Years a Slave.

Outside of the big screen, the budding thespian has also been featured in critically acclaimed short films, such as Boneshakers, directed by Frances Bodomo and presented at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, as well as Na Nai'a Legend of the Dolphins, directed by Jonathon Kay.

Recently named the face of Armani Junior, Quvenzhane is quickly becoming a true three-in-one triple threat.

Along with her impressive credentials and awards, Quvenzhane has received praise for her acting skills from the likes of The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Variety amongst many others. When she is not wowing audiences across the world on the big screen, Quvenzhane is enjoying a normal life back in Louisiana, where she enjoys reading, dancing, cheerleading, gymnastics, volleyball and music.


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