You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Deb and vet share the stage at HFA

Hollywood Film Awards 2012: New Hollywood Award & Breakout Performance Award

Quvenzhane Wallis
At age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year.

Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on her shoulders.

While she’s watched “Beasts” several times, what she sees onscreen is pretty much what every body else sees. “She acts like another person and yet I know it’s me,” the fourth grader says. “I love all the stuff I did, although I didn’t like handling fish. They’re too slimy.”

Wallis has just finished her second film, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years of Slaves” with Brad Pitt.

Asked about filming with a superstar, Wallis confides, “It was fun because I had people I could play with and hang out with.”

Explains her mother, Qulyndreia Wallis, “That was the little boy on set. He may have been 5 years old and he plays the son and she plays the daughter so in-between takes they play together.”

Take that Mr. Pitt.

John Hawkes
John Hawkes (Hollywood Breakout Performance Award) has a few years on Wallis. He’s even been Oscar-nommed, for “Winter’s Bone.” But it’s expected that his turn in “The Sessions” will definitely raise his profile. That’s a bit of a problem for the 53-year-old Hawkes.

“For me to be effective requires a certain anonymity. I’m trying to cling to that as much as I can,” says the actor.

That may be difficult once moviegoers see his turn as iron lung polio-struck poet Mark O’Brien. “The Sessions,” a Sundance hit, chronicles the true story of an iron-lung polio-struck poet whose quest to not die a virgin.

Initially, Hawkes had to convince writer-director Ben Lewin that he was right for the role. “The story goes that he had watched ‘Winter’s Bone’ and said, ‘What! That old guy?’ and wasn’t convinced. But I guess he saw something in me as we met,” says Hawkes.

Hawkes studied O’Brien by watching the doc “Breathing Lessons.”

“An amazing learning tool,” Hawkes says. “It gave me a lot of specifics of Mark, his physicality, his attitude, his voice.”

Hawkes says he likes specifics. Plus, “for the memory of Mark and for those who survive him, his family and friends, I wanted there to be something in my performance that they could somehow see their friend or relative in what I had done.”

Hollywood Film Awards 2012
Ensemble kudo’s big impact
The Awards
Producers | Actors | Comedy | Spotlight | New Hollywood & Breakout Performance | Animation | Career Achievement | Breakthrough Director | Director | Below the Line

More Film

  • Universal Launches Direct Distribution in Hong

    Universal Starts Direct Distribution in Hong Kong, Appoints Anita Cheung

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Jane Fonda

    Film News Roundup: Jane Fonda to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Michael Moore's Festival

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Kobe Bryant Barred From Film Academy

    Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant Barred Entry Into Film Academy

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum

    Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson Loses Bid to Block Release of 'Professor and the Madman'

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Mary J. Blige

    Mary J. Blige to Star in Horror-Thriller 'Body Cam' for Paramount

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

  • Movie Theater

    The MoviePass Effect Is Here to Stay -- Even if MoviePass Isn't

    Quvenzhane WallisAt age nine, Quvenzhane Wallis (New Hollywood Award) is definitely the youngest of the many thesps being honored by the Hollywood Film Awards this year. Just 5 years old when she played plucky, pint-sized Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis carries this magical-mystical tale of Louisiana Island residents surviving Hurricane Katrina on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content