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Quvenzhane Wallis: 9 Yr Old Hopes to Meet Beyonce and Nicki Minaj at the Oscars

Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Best Actress award, and she's still proving no dream is too big for her.

By Crystal Henderson, EnStars on Feb 01, 2013 04:22 PM EST
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Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), live in a fictional bayou called the Bathtub in the new film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), live in a fictional bayou called the Bathtub in the new film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Best Actress award, and she's still proving that no dream is too big for her. 

The nine-year-old diva appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and revealed a list of celebrities she'd like to meet at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

"Okay, this is going to be a long list. Demi Lovato, Debby Ryan...um who else, Beyonce... Mayyybe Nicki Minaj," Wallis said.

Leno then said, "Maybe I can help you out. I know her."

"Call me whenever you have something down," Wallis playfully said.

Wallis, who is an Oscar nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role, was only 5 when she auditioned for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. The movie features a six-year-old girl who lives with her father in an undesirable southern Delta community, called "Bathtub." Many of the residents in the neighboorhood start fleeing due to an oncoming Hurricane. Her character, "Hushpuppy" has to deal with the pressures of leaving her father in search of her mother.

She is up against Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Naomi Watts for The Impossible and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour for the Best Actress award.

If Wallis wins, she will be the youngest actor to win an Academy Award in an acting category. The movie is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Since her unforgettable role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhane has been cast in the upcoming movie Twelve Years a Slave, which stars Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Michael Fassbender. The movie is based on the book about a free black man living in New York during the mid-1800's,  who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The movie is scheduled to be released this fall.

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