It’s that time of year again! Awards season brings much excitement to the entertainment world and this year’s Oscars nominations has everyone buzzing.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized the work of Denzel Washington, Quentin Tarantino, and Quvenzhané Wallis for the 2013 ceremony.
Washington is nominated for best actor in a leading role for his work as Whip Whitaker in Flight. He’s no stranger to the Oscar world — this is his sixth career Academy Award nomination and his fourth for best actor. He’s won a golden statuette twice before for best supporting actor in Glory and best actor in Training Day.
Django Unchained received five nominations, including best picture, cinematography, and best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz’s performance as Dr. King Schultz. Surprisingly, Quentin Tarantino did not receive a best director nod, nor did Jamie Foxx for his leading role as slave-turned-bounty hunter Django.
Child actress Quvenzhané Wallis made history this year. At the tender age of 9, she is the Academy’s youngest best actress nominee. Her breakout role in the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild has received major recognition and critical acclaim. And to really prove how amazing she is, she auditioned for the role when she was just five years old! She shares the category with the Academy’s eldest nominee, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for Amour.
Lincoln leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, and best actor. For a complete list of the nominees click here, and be sure to check out the show when it airs on Sunday, February 24.