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Quvenzhane Wallis talks to Marlee Martin and reveals who she'll thank if she has to give an Oscars speech
In a joint interview with Marlee Martin, Quvenzhane Wallis revealed who she would thank, if she found herself onstage accepting the Oscar for Best Actress, on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013). The nine year old has been nominated for her performance as the character Hushpuppy, in the movie The Beasts of the Southern Wild and if she is successful, she will become the youngest ever person to win the award.
Speaking alongside the actress who currently holds that title, Marlee Matlin, Wallis told The Hollywood Reporter that she would thank God, first and foremost and added “and thank you for who gave me this and thanks for all the people who were before me.” At that point, Matlin jokingly suggested that Quvenzhane should be remembering to thank her, too, to which Wallis nodded, and gestured, telling her “I’ll make sure.” Matlin, who won the Oscar for her performance in the 1986 movie Children of a Lesser God, was full of praise for Wallis. “In my eyes, you’re a winner,” she told the young actress and reminded her that even being nominated is a serious accolade and a huge achievement for one so young.
Quvenzhane Wallis is the long-shot for the award, according to the bookies. Still, if she won, at least she has some kind of a speech prepared, if she manages to remember it once she’s on stage. Matlin recalled that her heart was “beating out of my chest” when she collected her award, at the age of 21.
There's an element of parody to this jet-black comedy, but the film is so creepy that it gets under our skin. And even if it feels a bit ridiculous, the story challenges us with an exploration of bullying and social pressure that's deeply unsettling. All while writer-director Bates gleefully keeps us off-balance with a shifting mix of broad comedy and growing horror.
It's also a deranged coming-of-age tale about Pauline (McCord), a teen outcast who delusionally believes that she is destined to be a great surgeon. This is mainly because she wants to cure her sister Grace (Winter) of cystic fibrosis. So she teaches herself surgical skills by piercing her nose, among other things. She also propositions a hot classmate (Sumpter) about losing her virginity, partly because this is in her master plan and partly to annoy his mean-girl girlfriend (McCook), and he doesn't refuse. Meanwhile, her mother (Lords) makes it clear that she doesn't like Pauline, treating her husband (Bart) like dirt while doting on Grace.
The film's opening scenes are like a Todd Solondz movie, with grotesque characters saying staggeringly rude things to each other. And as events unfold, each person develops some complexity that makes them intriguing. It also helps that scenes are packed with lively side characters played by starry veterans. McDowell, Matlin and Wise play school employees who are baffled by Pauline's refusal to toe the line. And Waters is dryly hilarious as the sardonic priest Pauline is forced to see for counselling.
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