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.