Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever!

Rucuss staffJanuary 10, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis just made history.

The nine-year old Louisiana native is the youngest to ever be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Wallis received the news during the annoucement of the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards Thursday morning.

Wallis has received recognition and critical acclaim for her portrayal of the character Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. This was her first acting role.

The nine-year old is up for the Best Actress Oscar against Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for Siver Linings Playbook, Naomi Watts for The Impossible, and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour. Riva, 85, is now the oldest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She turns 86 on Feb. 24, which is Oscar night.

Wallis, who was just five when she auditioned for the part, has now been cast in the upcoming movie Twelve Years a Slave, which also stars Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender.

In addition to Wallis’ nod for Best Actress, Beasts of the Southern Wild was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director for Benh Zeitlin, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Watch Wallis talk about how she got role and her name below.

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