Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Let’s get this out-of-the-way – I love awards season & Quvenzhané Wallis is my new obsession!

On January 10, at age nine, Quvenzhané (pronounced  kwə-VAHNjuh-NAY: the first part of her name combines her parents’ names, while “zhane” means “fairy” in Swahili) became the Academy Awards’ all-time youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest ever in all categories & she won Best Young Actress for her breakout performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild at Thursday night’s 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement.

So what’s next for this pint-sized diva?

Her next role will be in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave  as Elizabeth alongside a star-studded cast that includes: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel EjioforAlfre Woodard and more!  Ironically, Dwight Henry (Wallis’ father in Beasts of the Southern Wild) was cast in the movie as well.

In the film, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south.  The historical-drama is slated for release later this year.

Kudos Quvenzhané, you are on your way and we are looking forward to seeing you at the Oscars!

RC fans, enjoy the photos of Little Miss Wallis with actor-director Ben Affleck, film director Steven Spielberg and her mom Qulyndreia below: