At 5 years old, Nazie he had to hide his age in an audition for his first acting job: the title role in the feature film “Beasts of the Wild South” (2012) because the minimum age to be considered was six years.
After several auditions, the little girl was chosen from among almost 4,000 children to play the character of “Hushpuppy“, the indomitable child prodigy, example of survival who lives in misery with her dying father in a small town in Louisiana.
The film’s director, Benh Zeitlin, stated that when he auditioned Nazie, he immediately realized that he had discovered what he was looking for, and changed the script of the film to suit his strong personality. His reading ability, and abilities to yell loudly and “burp” at will impressed Zeitlin. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to rave reviews, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In May 2012, Wallis traveled to France for the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received a lot of praise and praised the little girl for her outstanding outstanding performance.
In an interview in “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno“On June 29, 2012, Quvenzhané told that the first part of his name,”Quven“, combines the names of their parents; while the last part,”Zhane“means” fairy “in Swahili.
In a ceremony held on the night of November 14, 2012, Quvenzhané was recognized and honored with the key to her hometown, Houma Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, for her work on “Beasts of the Wild South.”
“Beasts of the Wild South” was nominated for four 2013 Oscars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Leading Actress for little Nayzie, who also won nearly a dozen awards at different film festivals and multiple nominations including Independent Spirit Awards and the Image Awards.
Quvenzhané She is the youngest artist to have been nominated for Best Leading Actress in the history of the Oscars. He is currently working on the film “Twelve years of slavery“Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. In 2013, it will also be seen in the short film”Boneshaker“.