Quvenzahne Wallis, young star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, won this year's Best Young Actor/Actress at the Critic's Choice Award. She was also nominated against very experienced grown-up actors for Best Actress for her role as Hushpuppy.
Quvenahne has to make up a Social Studies test she missed to be at the awards show. . When she won, Quvenahne calmly gave a double high-five, walked up to the stage and read a "short and sweet" thank you speech from her pink-clad smart-phone.
Quvenahne, who had never acted before, is also nominated for the Academy Awards. If she wins, she will be the youngest ever to take home an Oscar.
Beasts of the Southern Wild was the almost all-Louisiana movie set and filmed in the Louisiana bayous with Louisiana people. It received high critical and audience praise, as did the actors including Quveahane.
The movie's Red Carpet Premier was held at the new Joy Theatre. on Canal Street in New Orleans last summer. Louisiana native, Quvenahane is still in Houma a short trip from New Orleans into real life bayou country.