Nine-year-old Oscar nominee won Critics' Choice award, gave acceptance speech via smartphone

Nine-year-old Oscar nominee won Critics’ Choice award, gave acceptance speech via smartphone

Quvenzhané Wallis is setting trends and making history.

Socialgrlz salutes the 9-year-old blooming actress from Houma, La., for taking home the Best Young Actress statuette for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” during the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Quvenzhané gave her “thank yous” via a pink-encased smartphone – a step toward digital acceptance speeches.

In addition to her Critics’ Choice award, Quvenzhané made history when she became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role during the Jan. 10 announcement of nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards. The film in which Quvenzhané plays “Hushpuppy,” a girl trying to save her father during a storm in the Louisiana bayou, garnered a total of four Academy Award nominations – including Best Picture.
Quvenzhané is the third-youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar in any of the four acting categories, and if she wins, she could be the youngest person ever to take home an Oscar in an acting category.

Since her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” she has been cast in the upcoming movie “Twelve Years a Slave,” starring Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender.