Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis is accomplishing big things at the age of 9 — not only is she the youngest best actress Oscar nominee ever, but she also has a famous fan: the first lady. Michelle Obama invited the film's cast to the White House today to workshop with 80 middle school and high school students from Washington DC and New Orleans. The first lady considers the fantastical drama, about 6-year-old Hushpuppy living in the oft flooded and impoverished Louisiana bayou, one of the most important films to come out in a while. She gathered the students to watch the film and then have a Q&A with the cast and director.
The president is also a fan. He told People magazine that the film was "spectacular" and that he saw it with friends and his nieces, one of whom is only 4 years old. President Obama said, "It captivated all of them." With praise from both the Academy and the White House, Beasts of the Southern Wild, based on Lucy Alibar's play Juicy and Delicious, is racking up acclaim from high places. See photos of the cast, including adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, at the White House today.