So the Oscars are over. Everyone wishes they shared a BFF necklace with Jennifer Lawrence, and most individuals are getting over Seth MacFarlane’s pithy punch lines and his, “We Saw Your Boobs” song. There are a few lingering topics from the Oscars. However, the most controversial has been remarks about the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Unfortunately, the buzz she has attracted has been incredibly rude and inappropriate. There was the ridiculous tweet from The Onion calling Wallis a c*nt (The Onion has apologized and it’s safe to say whoever sent that tweet has been fired and put in their place) and the recently released rant from an unnamed member of the Academy. Whoever this Academy voter was told the Hollywood Reporter they wouldn’t vote for someone whose name they couldn’t pronounce and also said her performance was sweet but immature. Apparently bullying a nine year old is all the rage these days. Alas, that’s Hollywood for you. What’s the expression? All press is good press? After all she does have two new projects on the horizon. Wallis will be replacing Willow Smith in the Annie remake and she is due to appear alongside Brad Pitt in the upcoming, Twelve Years a Slave. The remake of Annie is produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z. It’s going to be a big deal; Wallis will be fine.
She isn’t the only child actor on the rise. I recently spotted Jared Gilman, the lead (Sam Shatusky) from Moonrise Kingdom in an outdoor-themed Verizon Wireless commercial. I was curious to see if he was going to be another Haley Joel Osment so I had to check out what he’s been up to. To the interweb!
According to IMDB, he is due to appear in two upcoming films, Elsa & Fred which is in post-production and Two-Bit Waltz which is currently filming. Also, according to his Wikipedia page, he has made several short films on his own. As talented as Gilman is, he doesn’t have the Oscar buzz to help him coast onwards; Moonrise Kingdom lost in the only category it was nominated for, best original screenplay. Does he need it? We shall see.
So who has the better odds of box office glory in the next five years? Do you bet on the maturing-gawky-artsy-fourteen-year-old Gilman or the tenaciously-spunky-wonderfully-adorable-nine-year-old Wallis? Wow, my mild gambling addiction isn’t so mild anymore.
Well, this is a tough one. Ok, I have a feeling Wallis will ride the wave a few years longer and then pull a Dakota Fanning and return to school to have a “normal” life. Ugh, I can hear my eyes rolling. Who willingly wants to go to high school? I hope she doesn’t but it’s a gut feeling. My spidey-senses tell me Gilman will pull a Daniel Radcliff and turn to theater in a few years before making the transition into directing. Heck, he even looks like a director, does he not? Or maybe I’m full of shit and these two rising stars will do the opposite of what I think. Gilman is currently going through his “awkward” phase and Wallis has another three years. Another three years before her adorable smile will be filled with jagged adult teeth trying to cram their way in and her adorable persona turns into pubescent rage. This being said, I’m choosing Gilman purely based on maturity level. That’s not to say her career will tank but throughout the next five years I believe he has the upper hand.
Disagree with me? Tell me what you think. I’d love to hear some feedback!