Quvenzhané Wallis is a name you might want to get familiar with. The 8-year-old star of Beasts of the Southern Wild and indie darling of the moment gives such a commanding performance in the film (now showing in limited release in LA and New York) that she’s currently the subject of Academy Award buzz that could gain momentum all the way to next January when Oscar nominations are announced.
The Benh Zeitlin-directed film, a big winner at Sundance and Cannes earlier this year, tells the story of six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis), her ailing father, Wink (Dwight Henry), and a group of resilient people cordoned off from civilization by a large body of water and always fearing the flood that may wash away their lives. Pretty captivating stuff.
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