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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 8, 2013 at 7:42 AM

The last time a kid won an Oscar

Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year-old from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” who’s been winning hearts on the awards-dinner circuit this season (I love that she always carries a puppy purse), is a long shot to win the Oscar for Best Actress; word is that it’s a race between Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), in which Lawrence has the edge. (Me, I’d give it to Emmanuelle Riva.) But if Wallis does win, expect a truly adorable speech. Which brings us to the last time a child won an Oscar: 11-year-old Anna Paquin, who won in 1993 for “The Piano” (and should have been nominated this year for “Margaret,” if you ask me, but nobody does). I remember watching this, 20 years ago, and being both utterly charmed by the genuineness of her reaction (this kid is SHOCKED), and terribly worried that perhaps she was going to have a heart attack, or just wouldn’t ever get a word out. She did, eventually, and the result is a great Oscar moment. Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

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