Quvenzhané Wallis is nine years old and has already been nominated for an Academy Award. When I was nine I was kicking ass in schoolyard kickball, so there. I’m a failure.
Quvenzhané Wallis also thinks that being adorable lets you get away with BRINGING YOUR DAMN IPHONE ON STAGE WITH YOU TO ACCEPT A MAJOR AWARD, which is exactly what she did last night at the 18th annual Critics’ Choice awards.
After being announced the winner for best actress for her role as Hushpuppy in the also-Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané lugged her pink-cased smartphone onto the stage with her. At first, I thought it must be serving as some sort of security blanket – the poor girl was nervous, obviously. We know that these damn kids nowadays can’t survive without their devices, so I figured that’s what was happening.
But no. What Quvenzhané Wallis was doing was killing the crumpled up speech in pocket routine forever and ushering us into the age of digital acceptance speeches. Good on you, Quvenzhané.
It was a short, but cute speech.
“First, I would like to thank God for all my blessings. I would also like to thank the film critics for this award. Thanks to Mr. Benh Zeitlin and the Court 13 family for thinking I could make a good Hushpuppy. Lastly, to my family, friends and fans. Good night!”
We’ll have to wait until February to see if she wins and decides to tote her smartphone on stage at the Oscars. She’s facing some tough competition, however.[Images via screengrab via BuzzFeed]