Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis Thanks Babysitter In Acceptance Speech

Nine year-old won Breakthough Performance at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest ever Oscar nominee, winning a Best Actress nod aged just nine. Ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday, she's already picked up a gong for Best Breakthrough Performance at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and showing her age, she thanked her babysitter in her acceptance speech!

Whether she picks up an Oscar on Sunday or not, Quvenzhane Wallis got a chance to thank the people that made it possible to play her role in Beasts Of The Southern Wild on Thursday when she won Best Actress at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards, hosted by Oprah. The nine year-old couldn't wait to thank her babysitter!

Nine year-old Quvenzhane carries a puppy purse wherever she goes (WENN)

"I would like to thank everyone who helped me play this part, and everyone who was there for me, and my babysitter who was on set," said the child.

The mini fashionista looked adorable in a pink and white dress, teamed with her signature accessory - a fluffy handbag in the shape of a puppy!

Asked if one of her doggy bags would be chosen for the red carpet at the Oscars, Quvenzhane wasn't sure what to say:

"Um, my mom knows," she told reporters on the carpet before sitting down for Oprah's luncheon.

"You'll have to watch!"

At the same ceremony, Oprah reduced the audience to tears as she accepted the Power award. Oprah Winfrey acknowledged the nine graduates, who were all in attendance, of her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls:

"I never wanted to be a mother, but I am humbled by this day". Aww!

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