Oscars 2013: Nominees' reactions

Slideshow posted in Photos | Tuesday, January 24, 2012

8 of 11: Quvenzhane Wallis earned a 2013 Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' which scored a total of four nods. The film is also nominated for Best Picture.

'Everyone who made 'Beasts' happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad,' Wallis said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, January 10. 'I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!'

This marks the 9-year-old actor's first nomination. She is the youngest actress to ever be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' also marked Wallis' acting debut.

(Pictured: Quvenzhane Wallis appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.') (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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