Beasts Of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis Becomes Youngest Ever Nominee For Best Actress Oscar

Nine-year-old receives nod for Academy Awards

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Quvenzhané Wallis has been nominated for an Academy Award for her astonishing performance in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' making her the youngest ever nominee for a Best Actress Oscar.

The Oscar nods were announced in a ceremony conducted by Emma Stone and Seth McFarlene in LA this morning. In amongst the expected nominations for Jessica Chastain (Zero Darky Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) was nine-year-old Wallis.

The actress, from Louisiana, was just five years old when she was among 4,000 girls who auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in Behn Zeitlin's 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' Four years later and the young star could make history if she beats Jen and Jess to the Best Actress Oscar. Interestingly Quvenzhane is joined by the oldest ever Best Actress nominee in the 2013 category, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for 'Amour'.

Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (Fox Searchlight/Splash News)

Whilst Wallis is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee, Jackie Cooper still holds the record for the youngest Oscar nominee ever at age eight, in the Supporting Actor category for Kramer vs. Kramer.

Meanwhile True Blood star Anna Paquin became the second youngest Oscar winner in history (just beaten by a ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal) at age nine for her role in The Piano, for which she picked up a Best Actress in a Supporting Role gong in 1994. 

We'll have to wait to wait until February 24 to see if Quvenzhane can join this list...

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