By Alynda Wheat Oliver Jones
December 24, 2012 12:00 PM

>OSCAR SEASON’S ‘IT’ KID

BRAVE BREAKOUT

Quvenzhané (pronounced Qua-VEN-ja-nay), 9, has been stunning audiences with her fierce portrayal of Hushpuppy, a bayou girl facing down storms and ancient creatures in Beasts of the Southern Wild. “She’s the most fearless person you’ll ever meet,” says director Benh Zeitlin. “She just comes in a little package.”

RED CARPET CHARMER

The Louisiana native, who was just 5 when she landed the role—her first acting gig—is now an awards season darling. “My favorite part is when they take my picture,” she says. When the photographers call her name, “I laugh a little in my head.”

LOUD AND PROUD

Wallis flaunts a powerful set of lungs in Beasts. She’s had plenty of practice. “I screamed like that when my brother was playing basketball,” she says. “Every time the other team was about to shoot a free throw, I would scream!”

AND WATCH THIS KID!

In The Impossible, out Dec. 21, Tom Holland, 16, shines as the oldest son of a family torn apart by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Already a star of British theater, Holland was named breakthrough performer alongside Wallis by the National Board of Review.




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