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Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2013

Nominated
Oscar
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Dan Janvey
Josh Penn
Michael Gottwald
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Quvenzhané Wallis

At the age of 9, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role ... More

At the age of 9, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role in Academy Awards history.

Best Achievement in Directing
Benh Zeitlin
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin

BAFTA Awards 2013

Nominated
BAFTA Film Award
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin

AFI Awards, USA 2013

Won
AFI Award
Movie of the Year
Josh Penn
Dan Janvey
Michael Gottwald

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD roars with the strength of a people who wish to live and die in a world... More

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD roars with the strength of a people who wish to live and die in a world a wonder with adversity. At the center of this poetic storm stands Hushpuppy, a tiny heroine who towers among the toughest of the year. Hers is a triumphant tale of the mind and of the power of fantasy and folklore to carry us forward. In Hushpuppy, director Benh Zeitlin and co-writer Lucy Alibar capture the spirit of an unsung America with a commanding reminder from a small but strong voice - that all of us are "a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right."


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2013

Nominated
Saturn Award
Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2012

Won
EDA Award
Best Film Music or Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Won
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Best Woman Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists nominated the award to Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin).

Austin Film Critics Association 2012

Won
Austin Film Critics Award
Best First Film
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Breakthrough Artist Award
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
Austin Film Critics Award
Best Film

BET Awards 2013

Nominated
BET Award
Best Movie

Black Reel Awards 2013

Won
Black Reel
Best Film
Michael Gottwald
Josh Penn
Dan Janvey
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Original Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
Black Reel
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Breakthrough Performance
Dwight Henry

Bodil Awards 2014

Won
Bodil
Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)
Benh Zeitlin

Bombay International Film Festival 2012

Won
Mumbai Young Critics Award
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Silver Gateway
Jury Grand Prize
Benh Zeitlin

The award for the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition Section is given to BEASTS OF ... More

The award for the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition Section is given to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD for its vivid, unflinching depiction of New Orleans culture and the superbly-acted relationship between a ferocious little girl and her dying father.

Best Actor
Dwight Henry

For his astonishing and indelible performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; dancing on the edge... More

For his astonishing and indelible performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; dancing on the edge of sanity right up until the very poignant end.

Nominated
Golden Gateway
Benh Zeitlin

Boston Online Film Critics Association 2012

Won
BOFCA Award
Ten Best Films of the Year

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2012

2nd place
BSFC Award
Best New Filmmaker
Benh Zeitlin

British Film Institute Awards 2012

Won
Sutherland Trophy
Benh Zeitlin

One film stood out as most clearly deserving of the top prize recognising innovation and ... More

One film stood out as most clearly deserving of the top prize recognising innovation and originality: Benh Zeitlin's daringly vast, richly detailed Beasts of the Southern Wild.


British Independent Film Awards 2012

Nominated
British Independent Film Award
Best International Independent Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2013

Won
Critics Choice Award
Best Young Actor/Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
Critics Choice Award
Best Picture
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis

Camerimage 2012

Nominated
Best Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
Golden Frog
Main Competition
Ben Richardson

Cannes Film Festival 2012

Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Un Certain Regard
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Golden Camera
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Prix Regards Jeune
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Benh Zeitlin

"Beasts of the Southern Wild", a brilliant film debut from Benh Zeitlin illustrates the fundamental... More

"Beasts of the Southern Wild", a brilliant film debut from Benh Zeitlin illustrates the fundamental issues of freedom, human life and parental love with boundless emotion and true originality. The authenticity of the acting and cinematography are present from beginning to end. A true ode to the meaning of life, love and hope!

Nominated
Un Certain Regard Award
Benh Zeitlin

Capri, Hollywood 2012

Won
Capri Actress Award
Quvenzhané Wallis
Won
Capri Surprise Film of the Year Award

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2013

2nd place
COFCA Award
Breakthrough Film Artist
Quvenzhané Wallis
For acting.
Nominated
COFCA Award
Best Picture
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Breakthrough Film Artist
Benh Zeitlin
For composing, directing and screenwriting.

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
CFCA Award
Most Promising Performer
Quvenzhané Wallis
Most Promising Filmmaker
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
CFCA Award
Best Picture
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin
Best Original Score
Benh Zeitlin
Dan Romer
Most Promising Performer
Dwight Henry
Best Adapted Screenplay
Benh Zeitlin
Lucy Alibar

Chlotrudis Awards 2013

Won
Chlotrudis Award
Best Production Design
Alex DiGerlando
Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Movie
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2013

Nominated
CDG Award
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Stephani Lewis

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
Russell Smith Award
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
DFWFCA Award
Best Picture
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Tied with Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012).

Deauville Film Festival 2012

Won
Grand Special Prize
Benh Zeitlin
Won
Revelations Prize
Benh Zeitlin

Denver Film Critics Society 2012

Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis

Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2012

Nominated
DFCS Award
Breakthrough Artist
Benh Zeitlin

Durban International Film Festival 2012

Won
Best Direction
Benh Zeitlin

Empire Awards, UK 2013

Nominated
Empire Award
Best Female Newcomer
Quvenzhané Wallis

Evening Standard British Film Awards 2013

Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Award
Best Technical Achievement
Ben Richardson
Cinematography

Expresion en Corto International Film Festival 2012

Won
Special Jury Award
Best Debut Feature
Benh Zeitlin
Court 13 Pictures
Cinereach
Journeyman Pictures

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2012

Won
Pauline Kael Breakout Award
Quvenzhané Wallis

Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) 2013

Won
Breakthrough Award
Benh Zeitlin
Won
GFCA Award
Best Production Design
Alex DiGerlando
Best Original Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
Breakthrough Award
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
GFCA Award
Best Picture
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin

Ghent International Film Festival 2012

Won
Youth Jury Award
Best Film
Benh Zeitlin

Golden Trailer Awards 2013

Won
Golden Trailer
Best Independent Poster
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Nominated
Golden Trailer
Best Independent Trailer
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mark Woolen & Associates
Best Independent TV Spot
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mark Woolen & Associates
For "TV:30 AUROX".

Gotham Awards 2012

Won
Breakthrough Director Award
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
Audience Award
Benh Zeitlin (director)
Michael Gottwald (producer)
Dan Janvey (producer)
Josh Penn (producer)
Nominated
Breakthrough Award
Quvenzhané Wallis

Hollywood Film Festival 2012

Won
New Hollywood Award
Quvenzhané Wallis

Humanitas Prize 2012

Won
Humanitas Prize
Sundance Film Category
Lucy Alibar (writer)
Benh Zeitlin (writer)

Image Awards 2013

Won
Image Award
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
Image Award
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Quvenzhané Wallis
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Dwight Henry

Independent Spirit Awards 2013

Won
Independent Spirit Award
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson
Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Female Lead
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Feature
Michael Gottwald
Dan Janvey
Josh Penn
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin

Indiana Film Journalists Association, US 2012

Won
Original Vision Award
2nd place
IFJA Award
Best Picture

International Cinephile Society Awards 2013

Nominated
ICS Award
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Original Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin

International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) 2012

Nominated
IFMCA Award
Breakout Composer of the Year
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2012

Nominated
Sierra Award
Best Picture

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2013

Nominated
ALFS Award
Technical Achievement of the Year
Ben Richardson (cinematography)
Film of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
LAFCA Award
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Music
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Won
New Generation Award
Benh Zeitlin

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

Won
Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature
Benh Zeitlin

MTV Movie Awards 2013

Nominated
MTV Movie Award
Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2013

Nominated
Golden Reel Award
Best Sound Editing - Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
Bob Edwards (supervising sound editor)
Chris Gridley (supervising dialogue/adr editor)
Kim Foscato (dialogue/adr editor)
Michael Silvers (dialogue/adr editor)

Nantucket Film Festival 2012

Won
Screenwriting Award
New Voices
Benh Zeitlin
Lucy Alibar
New Voices in Screenwriting Award
Benh Zeitlin (writer)
Lucy Alibar (writer)

National Board of Review, USA 2012

Won
NBR Award
Best Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin
Top Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2012

2nd place
NYFCC Award
Best First Film
Benh Zeitlin

New York Film Critics, Online 2012

Won
NYFCO Award
Best Debut as Director
Benh Zeitlin
Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis
Top Films of the Year

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2013

Nominated
OFCS Award
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry

PGA Awards 2013

Nominated
PGA Award
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Michael Gottwald
Dan Janvey
Josh Penn

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012

Won
Directors to Watch
Benh Zeitlin

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2012

Won
PFCS Award
Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female
Quvenzhané Wallis
Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera
Benh Zeitlin
Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
PFCS Award
Best Picture
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Quvenzhané Wallis
Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Dwight Henry

Reykjavik International Film Festival 2012

Won
Golden Puffin
Best Film

Reykjavik International Film Festival 2011

Won
Golden Puffin
Best Film
Benh Zeitlin

Jury statement: "For its spirit of storytelling, visual inventiveness and creative audacity, which ... More

Jury statement: "For its spirit of storytelling, visual inventiveness and creative audacity, which marks Benh Zeitlin as a leading figure for the next generation of independent film artists.


San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2012

Nominated
SDFCS Award
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson
Best Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013

Won
Virtuoso Award
Quvenzhané Wallis

Satellite Awards 2012

Won
Special Achievement Award
Outstanding New Talent
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson
Best Motion Picture
Best Original Score
Benh Zeitlin
Dan Romer

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America 2013

Won
Bradbury Award
Benh Zeitlin (writer/director)
Lucy Alibar (writer)

Seattle International Film Festival 2012

Won
Golden Space Needle Award
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
SEFCA Award
Top 10 Films
Won
Wyatt Award
Nominated
SEFCA Award
Best Picture

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US 2012

2nd place
SLFCA Award
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin
Tied with Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained (2012).
Nominated
SLFCA Award
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson
Best Music
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)
Dwight Henry
For the hurricane (and Wink shooting at it).

Stockholm Film Festival 2012

Won
Best Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin

Sundance Film Festival 2012

Won
Cinematography Award
Dramatic
Ben Richardson
Won
Grand Jury Prize
Dramatic
Benh Zeitlin

Sydney Film Festival 2012

Nominated
Official Competition Award
Benh Zeitlin

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2013

Won
TFCA Award
Best First Feature
Benh Zeitlin

USC Scripter Award 2013

Nominated
USC Scripter Award
Lucy Alibar (playwright and screenwriter)
Benh Zeitlin (screenwriter)

Utah Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
UFCA Award
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry
2nd place
UFCA Award
Best Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2012

Won
Joe Barber Award
Best Youth Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis
Nominated
WAFCA Award
Best Score
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin

World Soundtrack Awards 2013

Won
World Soundtrack Award
Discovery of the Year
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Nominated
World Soundtrack Award
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
Dan Romer (music and lyrics by)
Benh Zeitlin (music and lyrics by)
The Lost Bayou Ramblers (performed by)
For the song "The Bathtub".

Young Artist Awards 2013

Won
Young Artist Award
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis
Tied with 'Kathryn Newton' for Paranormal Activity 4 (2012).

Zurich Film Festival 2012

Nominated
Golden Eye
Best International Feature Film
Benh Zeitlin

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