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At only 9 years old, Quvenzhane (Kuh-vahn-zuh-nay) Wallis is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee for an Academy Award. Her portrayal of Hushpuppy in the magically poignant "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned her many accolades, but her nomination was polarizing. Is she too young? Is it too soon? Shouldn't actors with more experience and a substantial body of work deserve the honor?

Be that as it may, Quvenzhane is in the race and may go up onstage this Sunday. In case that happens, here are some tips she can borrow from past Best Actress winners and their unforgettable speeches:

Takeaways from Julia Roberts (who won in 2000 for "Erin Brockovich"): Be funny, be humble, keep it short and do not go overboard with the thanks (the clock is there for a reason).

Takeaways from Halle Berry (who won in 2001 for "Monster's Ball"): Crying is totally understandable, but try to get some words in. »


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