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Quvenzhan� Wallis, 9, Makes History as Youngest ‘Best Actress’ Oscar Nominee

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Actress Quvenzhané Wallis has made history as the youngest ‘Best Actress’ Oscar nominee. The 9-year-old, nominated for her role as ‘Hushpuppy’ in the movie ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ is up for the award against actresses Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour).

In an interesting twist, actress Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest ‘Best Actress’ nominee and will also be celebrating her birthday on Oscar night.

After her role in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ the young Wallis has been cast in the movie ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ co-starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

Wallis is a native of New Orleans, and plays the role of a 6-year-old girl in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ who lives in tough circumstances in the Lousiana bayou called Bathtub with her dying father.

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ has also been nominated in other categories for an Oscar like, ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Adapted Screenplay.’

You can watch the 84th Annual Academy Awards on ABC on Sunday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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