2012 Year in Review: Best Female Movie Performances
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Performances by nonprofessional actors, much less children, can often be pitched too high, play too theatrical, or just ring false. But as Hushpuppy, the resilient protagonist of Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut, Wallis communicates strength, sensitivity and a real sense of humanity in an extraordinarily demanding role. We can’t wait to see what she does next.