Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, hopes to make a career out of acting after earning her first Oscar nomination, given for her role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which also marks her big-screen debut.
The Louisiana-born child star, whose name is pronounced "Kwah-VEN-ja-nay," has also set a record -- she is the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She talked to OTRC.com's Rachel Smith about her nomination and why she hopes to make a career out of acting.
"Because it's something fun and you get to do a lot of things together with the crew and stuff like that," Wallis said. When asked what the hardest part of making the Oscar nominated film was, she confessed it was "the mud and mosquitos and touching the big, black pig and stuff like that."
The movie follows the journey of 6-year-old Hushpuppy, played by Wallis, who is faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community. Throughout her adventure, the courageous Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
At the 2013 Oscars, Wallis will face off against Jessica Chastain of "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour" and Naomi Watts of "The Impossible."
Wallis has another acting job already lined up. She is set to appear in the Brad Pitt film, "Twelve Years a Slave," which is set for release later this year.
(Check out a full list of 2013 Oscar nominations. The ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC, OTRC.com's parent company.)
(Check out the interactive My Picks 2013 Official Oscar Ballot.)Reporting by Rachel Smith, host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Watch the trailer for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" below.