Jessica Chastain and Quvenzhané Wallis are proving that it is possible for competitors to be friends. Two of this year’s Best Actress nominees–for Zero Dark Thirty and Beasts of the Southern Wild, respectively–took a moment to hug, chat, and congratulate each other on their red carpet accessories, adding a major dose of cute to tonight’s red carpet coverage. It’s clear Jessica is eying that puppy purse Little Q is rocking so effortlessly–renamed after her own pet dog, Sammy–but perhaps she’s also expressing her excitement over today’s Annie casting news? (And to think Jessica has red hair! Yes, this very precocious nine-year-old is indeed a force to be reckoned with.) Likely having grown closer after hours and hours of fabulous functions held on behalf of Oscar nominees only, it’s cute to see these two take a moment away from the spectacle and just relate as friends. Whether or not the smiles continue, or these two find themselves squaring off backstage, has yet to be seen.
Don’t forget to tune in for our Oscars red carpet live stream Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on VH1.com.
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