Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest actress ever to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress yesterday.
The nine-year-old star of director Benh Zeitlin's award-winning film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was only six-years-old during the filming.
According to an interview in USA Today, Wallis, at age five, had to lie about her age to audition for the starring role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" because the minimum age to be considered was six.
She eventually beat out 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy—the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" received Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Beast Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress. Winners will be announced at the 85th Academy Awards taking place Feb. 24, 2013.
For more about the film, go to: http://www.beastsofthesouthernwild.com