When directors Joel and Ethan Coen began searching for the young protagonist for their remake of "True Grit" (1969), they envisioned an unknown who could make the role her own. After traveling across the Southwest and auditioning some 5,000 actresses, they found Steinfeld in Los Angeles, and cast her within a week of meeting her. Days later, she was on a plane to Texas to begin filming.
Steinfeld received rave reviews for her spirited performance, as well as three Best Supporting Actress awards and a score of nominations from state and national film critics associations. In December of 2010, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and a month later, an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She is currently starring in "Ender's Game," being released on November 1st.