Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis is Youngest Best Actress Nominee Ever

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Yesterday's Oscar Nominations brought with it some surprises and some expected results. But it also brought a very special record-breaking event.

Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild has been nominated for a Best Actress award at the ripe old age of 9, making her the youngest nominee in that category ever.

Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Children are no strangers to the Academy Awards, with Shirley Temple winning the now-defunct honorary "Academy Juvenile Award" at the age of 6 in 1935. If she wins, however, Wallis will be the youngest person to ever take home an Oscar in an acting category.

Wallis does face some tough competition, however. The other nominees vying for the Best Actress Oscar are Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, and Naomi Watts for The Impossible.

Find out who will win during the Oscar ceremony on February 24.

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