The Oscar nominations are in, and they certainly have people talking.

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s biopic about the 16th president, led the group with 12 nominations, and Life of Pi was second with 11.  The much-talked about Django Unchained was nominated for Best Picture, but Quentin Tarantino was left out of the Best Director category, and only one of its stars, Christoph Waltz, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Another snub? Kathryn Bigelow, of the critically acclaimed film Zero Dark Thirty, was also passed over for Best Director.

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, which also includes Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) and Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”).

Denzel Washington scored his sixth Academy Award nomination for his role in Flight. This time he’s up against Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) and Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for Best Actor.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, will take place on February 24. Will you be tuning in? 

  • Kacey

    Aw. Congrats. I hope she wins.

  • AM

    awwwwwwwwwwwww!!! LOVE this!! I pray she wins.

  • ChaCha1 (C)

    Great! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but congrats to her. That’s something to be proud of.

  • pinklipstick227

    Fantastic news!

  • sweetnik

    Celebrating with pizza, chicken and waffles, and good stuff; sounds like a great celebration to me! lol. Congratulations to this adorable little lady! She has a bright future!

  • Anthony

    Good luck sweetie!

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  • LadyP

    She did a fantastic job! Gosh, I hope she wins! Best of luck to you!!!

  • Amaka

    I was waiting to see if Clutch would cover this story. I’m so happy they did! This is so inspirational for young black girls:)

  • Tonton Michel

    It was a great movie, I’m rooting for her.

  • LadyP


  • Lillian Mae

    No one deserves that Oscar more then she does! She was excellent in the movie!

  • GlowBelle

    Congrats to her!!! She pretty much carried that movie with her little adorable self. I hope she wins too, but I’m also rooting for her to continue her acting career.

  • omfg

    don’t mean to be all sour grapes…but clutch completely missed this and did virtually nothing about this girl.


  • Mr. Man

    This is huge, real huge, even if she doesn’t win.

    I gotta see this movie now…

  • Chillyroad

    It would be awesome if she won for being so young too.

  • binks

    Big ups Quvenzhane! Adorable and talented!

  • Jess

    Clutch should really do an article on why mother’s choose to saddle their children with these long, unpronounceable names. Congratulations to the young lady.

  • Lillian Mae

    Unpronounceable to you maybe but I’m sure her name holds meaning to her family, Jess.

  • MimiLuvs

    Something tells me that you were being facetious with your comment, but I am going to answer your question anyway. There was an article about names already.
    By the way, here’s her official website:

    There is an explanation about her name on the home page.

  • Britni Danielle

    Her name is pretty easy to pronounce & is a combination of her parents name + the Swahili word for fairy {}.

    Luckily, though, she doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

  • Treece

    Awesome! I have wanted to see that movie for a long time and now I absolutely have too. She is really a little acting phenom and I hope she wins : )

  • dee

    I was so excited when I heard this. She was amazing in BOTSW. People kept telling me to watch it, but I wasn’t expecting much from someone so young and she blew me away with her performance.

  • mikey kun

    I was so happy to hear this and now that the movie is on demand I can watch it, since it wasn’t playing anywhere near me.

  • Nic

    She’s adorable, but how is her first name pronounced? I seriously cannot figure out what her name is.

  • ruggie

    Amazing, talented little girl.

  • nona

    Really good movie, and such a beautiful little girl. Good luck, honey! :’)

  • Kim

    She is ust so cute!

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  • justanotheropinion

    Just watched the movie and if it counted, she’d have my vote. For someone that isn’t an experienced actress, she NAILED it. She didn’t have to say a word – the dialogue was written all over her face. Whether she gets the award nod or not, she has accomplished much by being nominated, truly. God Speed to her no matter what she does – would love to watch her grow as an actress.

  • Lol

    Lol, seriously, it’s become a damn joke now. Anyway, Clutch already had an article about


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