Earlier this year at the Critics Choice Awards, celebrities lavishly praised their co-stars, directors and producers. Out of 48 acceptance speeches, only one person thanked God - nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wallis read her speech from her iPhone and included these words, "Thanks. Hello. First I would like to thank God for all my blessings." Wallis was also nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
As I read The Hollywood Reporter article, a song and Bible story came to mind. After Jesus healed ten leppers, only one returned to give thanks. Geoff Moore retells the story in the song Where Are The Other Nine?
Of course actors are not required to thank God publicly before a TV audience of millions. But such an act of giving thanks to God may indicate one's faith in God.
A Small World
Normally I choose not to watch the Academy Awards, but this year is different. Wallis is from Houma, Louisiana, the town where I grew up. Houma's newspaper The Courier reported, "Quvenzhané's nomination alone is historic, as she is the youngest nominee for the Best Actress category. 'Beasts' was her first acting role."
P.S. Jennifer Lawrence won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her acting in Silver Linings Playbook.