19 January 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dwight Henry was working nights in his small New Orleans bakery when Hollywood came calling. Now his film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, is up for four Oscars. But he's still manning the ovens

It's a way of life!" Dwight Henry says, thumping the table of his Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Café on a sticky December morning in New Orleans. He's rhapsodising about the city's cuisine, and how it's better than anywhere else in the world. "Music knits people together in some strange way. Same thing with food. We have seafood boils for any reason, just because it's a beautiful day outside."

He picks up a promotional pamphlet for Beasts of the Southern Wild, the film in which he stars as the volatile father of six-year-old Hushpuppy, who is finding her place in a remote corner of the Louisiana bayou. On one page his tiny co-star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is striking »

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