NINE-YEAR-OLD Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever in the best actress category in this year’s Academy Awards.
She’s nominated for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and goes up against the oldest nominee ever - Emmanuelle Riva for Amour.
Wallis was just six years old when filming began, under the direction of Benh Zeitlin.
Lincoln leads the nominations overall, with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Silver Linings Playbook is nominated in all of the main categories – best picture, best director, best actor for Bradley Cooper and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
Armagh cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and Kerry animator Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly are nominated for cinematography and animated short respectively.
The nine films nominated for best picture are:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
- Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Naomi Watts – The Impossible
- Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
- Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
- Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
- Denzel Washington – Flight
- Amour – Michael Haneke
- Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
- Life of Pi – Ang Lee
- Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
- Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell