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After lying about her age in order to audition, a then 5-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis had no previous Hollywood ties (mom is a teacher and dad a truck driver). But she booked Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s Hushpuppy anyway, proceeded to carry her first film despite the mature and intensely subject matter and became the first Academy Award nominee born in the 21st century. She is also the youngest nominee at 9 in the history of the show. Nazie, as her family and friends call her, managed to parlay that attention into a small role in the 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave and the chance to play the titular character in the Annie remake opposite Jamie Foxx. She is currently working on Fathers And Daughters with Aaron Paul and Russell Crowe. Her name is a creative combination of her parents’ names and zhané means fairy in Swahili.