One of the biggest news stories to come out of today’s announcement was the nomination of 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. Wallis, who wowed audiences and critics in the independent film Beast of the Southern Wild, became the youngest person ever nominated for Best Actress.
When she heard the news, the Louisiana native said she yelled with excitement.
“It’s exciting, this is special,” she said, telling the USA Today she is going to celebrate with “pizza, chicken and waffles and good stuff.”
Wallis, who shot the film when she was just six, is the only black actress in the category,