Quvenzhane’ Wallis, First African-American Child Actor to Earn an Oscar Nomination

Written by Jae Jones

was born August 28, 2003. She is an African-American actress who became the first child actor to earn an Oscar nomination. She is also the first person born in the 21st century to receive an Academy Award nomination. Her difficult to pronounce first name also has received the her a significant amount of attention. She is best known for her starring role in the 2014 remake of the movie Annie. The movie led to a Golden Globe award for her work in the movie.


was born in Houma, Louisiana to Qulyndreia and Venji Walls, Sr. She is the one of four children. At age five Wallis lied about her age to audition for her first acting job. The starring role was in Beasts of Southern Wild, she lied because the minimum age at the time was six. She went on to beat out 4,000 others for the role of Hushpuppy, the cute prodigy child and survivalist who lived with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squad in Louisiana. Wallis’ reading ability, loud scream, and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part. Zeitlin the director also stated that “it was just the feeling behind her eyes.” (more)

(Quvenzhané Wallis)


January 10, 2013, at the age of nine, Wallis became the Academy Awards’ youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest in all categories. Wallis was also named the face for a luxury Brand, Armani Junior and Giorgio Arnani’s line for children and teens in 2014.




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Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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