"Her work was amazing. Very raw. Very natural, and I was mesmerised by her performance." Deaf actress Marlee Matlin will be happy to hand over her youngest Best Actress Oscar winner title to Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis if the youngster is called to the stage on Sunday (24Feb13). The nine year old is already the Academy Awards' youngest Best Actress nominee ever. Matlin was 21 when she took home gold for her performance in 1986's Children of a Lesser God.