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Young 'Beasts' Star Celebrates a Magical 2012

January 03, 2013

Every Oscar season has its heartwarming story.

This time, it might be the tale of nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis and her magical 2012. The first-time actress began her wild ride a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival with her breakout performance as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

"We were under the impression that they would show the movie and after Sundance that would be it," says her mother, Qulyndreia, who responded to an audition call for young actors that took place near their Houma, La., home. Quvenzhane was just 5, and her mother says "we had no idea in a million years that we would be where we are today."

Beasts became a Sundance sensation, taking top honors. Then the dreamy tale of a young girl surviving in a harsh dystopic future wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie opened in the U.S. in June to rave reviews (Roger Ebert called Wallis "a force of nature"). Read More