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Meet the director behind child actress’ Oscar history-making performance

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ZEITLIN. Filmmaker and lead star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” respectively. photo:RUBEN V. NEPALES

He is the director behind the performance of Quvenzhane Wallis that made Academy history—she is the youngest lead actress nominee. He is the Benh that was called, not Ben Affleck, as among this year’s Oscar Best Director nominees, joining the circle of Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Michael Haneke and David O. Russell.

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Gifted child actors steal spotlight at Sundance

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MANDIGO. Moving scene with Paul Dano. photo: www.zimbio.com

Three child actors, one as young as 2 years old, stole their respective films shown in the Sundance Film Festival that ends Sunday. Quvenzhane Wallis, who was only 6 years old when she shot “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” got a standing ovation from an audience of over 1,000 during the film’s world premiere in the festival.

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