10/01/2013 09:14 GMT | Updated 18/02/2013 06:19 GMT

Oscar Nominations 2013: Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest Ever Nominated Actress

Quvenzhané Wallis was only six when her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild was filmed - and on Thursday she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for best actress at the Oscars.

Wallis, who says her heroes are Selena Gomez and Hannah Montana, is now just nine years old.

She will go up against Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) for the Academy Award on 24 February.

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Quvenzhane Wallis is a "force of nature" in Beasts of the Southern Wild

When interviewed by The Huffington Post UK in October Wallis revealed she hadn't even told her friends what she'd been up to.


"Only one friend's seen the film, he's my cousin. But they all kind of noticed, they asked 'Why are you out so much?' I said 'No reason.'"

"Whenever you tell someone, and they don't know, they'd be like 'stop lying' and 'go girl' - they'll just freak out and stuff, so it's just easier."

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Wallis with Dwight Henry who plays her father Wink in the film - "he brought me sweets"

Director Benh Zeitlin also told HuffPost UK at the time of how he hired Wallis: "I don't know what we were thinking.

"We were trying to find any film that had been led by a 6-year-old, so maybe it was madness or being naïve, but we had a faith that the story was going to find its way, that we could will miracles into existence, so we just searched and searched, and we found her."

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