Beasts of the Southern Wild on Oscar Night

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With 4 Oscar nominations, the Louisiana-shot film, Beasts of the Southern Wild is showing it’s ferocity.

“It’s all been so much bigger than we could’ve thought,”  Benh Zeitlin, Director, said.

Benh Zeitlin’s nominated for Best Director at Sunday’s Oscars.  He said working on ‘Beasts’ has been fierce.

“It’s like riding a bull.  The whole time you’re on it, you’re trying hard not to get kicked off,”  he said.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a critical darling.  The film’s 9-year old star, Quvenzhane Wallis is making quite a name for herself.  She’s the youngest in Oscar  history to be nominated for Best Actress.

“It’s something you get excited about, ” she said.

Finding the girl to play the lead role of “Hushpuppy” wasn’t easy for Zeitlin.  He looked at 4-thousand hopefuls.  None of them had exactly what he was looking for until he met Quvenzhane.

“I wanted her to throw something at the other actor.  She flat out wouldn’t do it.  She said you’re not supposed to throw something at people.  I liked how she was defiant, but on the grounds of sweetness,”  Zeitlin said.

Quvenzhane Wallis has officially signed on to star as the title character in the upcoming remake of the Broadway musical, “Annie”.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 85th annual Academy Awards.