Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, earned a 2013 Academy Award nomination for best actress for her performance in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, becoming the youngest person ever nominated in that category. (Google Images)

Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest nominee in the category of Best Actress in the history of the Academy Awards.

Todd Leopold of CNN is reporting that Denzel Washington and Quvenzhane Wallis have been nominated for Oscars. Leopold writes:

“As always, there were a handful of surprises. The most notable, perhaps, was the showing by the small independent film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Its 9-year-old star, Quvenzhane Wallis, earned a nomination for best actress, becoming the youngest person ever in that category. In addition, the film was nominated for best picture, best director (Benh Zeitlin) and best adapted screenplay — four nominations in all.”

Wallis will compete against Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) and Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) for the honor.

Denzel Washington received a Best Actor nomination for his role in “Flight.” He will compete against Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) and Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for the honor.

Best Picture nominees include the controversial “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” although directors Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow did not receive Best Director nods. Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg topped the list receiving 12 nominations including Best Director and Best Picture.

Read more at CNN.

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