Quvenzhane Wallis made history Thursday when she became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.
The nine-year-old Best Actress nominee for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (who was six when the film was shot) faces off against Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Emmanuelle Riva — the oldest Best Actress nominee at 85 — at the 85th Academy Awards next month.
The question that awaits is: Will the world pronounce Wallis’ phonetically challenging name correctly? There’s not much time for red carpet hosts to practice, because she hits the arrivals line at Thursday night’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, only hours after the her nomination was announced, the first of many to come as a nominee.
Here’s a brief tutorial, straight from the nominee herself, on how to say it. (Above)