Beasts Of The Southern Wild was one of the best movies to hit the big screen last year and it has been rewarded we a string of Oscar nominations.
This unique and magical movie has surpassed expectations with rising new, young talents- actress Quvenzhané Wallis and director Benh Zeitlin- making this one of the best underdog movies to hit the Oscars.
Quvenzhane Wallis: The six year old acting sensation
Quvenzhané Wallis is turning heads this year with her Oscar Nominated Best Actress performance at age 6, making her the youngest nominated Actress.
What is it about this nine year old girl- then six- that has the Academy raging about this small, low-budget indie film actress?
Director Benh Zeitlin said he auditioned over 4,000 girls for this role but when she auditioned, they just knew- she just had a strong sense of right and wrong and made the role of Hushpuppy come alive.
'In a million years, when kids go to school they’re gunna know... once there was a Hushpuppy who lived in a bathtub with her daddy' -Hushpuppy in Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Her character had one thing right; everybody is going to know the story of Hushpuppy due to her brilliant work on the screen.
At just six years old Quvenzhané has the natural ability to understand and act on instinct, captivating audiences with her portrayal of Hushpuppy in this remarkable film.
She is a fearless force of nature- she would write her own lines and brought such a vulnerability and rawness to the character that is truly enthralling. Quvenzhané brought to life this fantastical high-spirit film by just ‘being herself’.
Benh Zeitlin: Young director shaking up Hollywood
Beasts of the Southern Wild is the little film that could this award season. With four Oscar nominations we look at the man who brought this amazing picture together, young and talented Oscar nominated director, Benh Zeitlin.
Not only did he find the marvellous, young acting sensation Quvenzhané Wallis but he brought to life this one-of-a-kind, inspirational, original screenplay which he co-wrote.
In his directorial debut he shoots the high-spirit film about a small town and one little girls’ journey to overcome devastation in this heart-warming story. Shot on a low-budget with no studio backers, this film overcame tribulations making its way into Oscar history.
These two young and prevailing talents have taken Hollywood by storm due to their passion and talent. In both their movie debuts- Quvenzhané and Benh have created the up-lifting film of the year that proves at any age you can conquer greatness.
Be sure to watch this rare, phenomenal, and ultra-talented performance on DVD and Blu-Ray out now.