Meet Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, Best Actress Oscar nominee
Calling up press on the other side of the planet close to bedtime would not be called a normal activity for a nine-year-old, but then Quvenzhane Wallis is not any nine- year-old.
She is the youngest ever in Academy Awards history to be nominated as Best Actress, for a role she played when she was five in her acting debut.
In the drama Beasts Of The Southern Wild, which opens in Singapore on Thursday, she appears as the indomitable Hushpuppy, a resident of The Bathtub, an isolated area of the Louisiana bayou settled by a small group of resilient, independent people.
The little girl lives with her father Wink (played by a baker-turned-actor Dwight Henry) and because of his volatile nature and delicate health, she is often left to fend for herself, even as the storm of the century threatens the community.