Beasts of the Southern Wild: Could Quvenzhane Wallis make Oscar history?
19 October 2012 Last updated at 23:24 BST
Quvenzhane Wallis was just five years old when she auditioned for Beasts of the Southern Wild, and seven when filming ended.
Set in a cut-off area of southern Louisiana, known as the Bathtub, the movie has earned critical acclaim on the festival circuit, scooping prizes at Sundance and Cannes.
Oscar pundits predict she could be the youngest best actress nominee in Academy Awards history.
Lizo Mzimba reports.