We Are Young: 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis Nabs Oscar Nod (PHOTOS)

2013 Oscar Noms
A complete list of the 2013 Academy Award nominations.
Quvenzhané Wallis just joined a very exclusive club.

On Thursday, the 9-year-old actress made history after receiving an Academy Award nomination for best actress, making her the youngest nominee ever in the category.

Wallis, who was a mere five years old when she auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, has received plenty of critical acclaim since the film’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival nearly one year ago.

“Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad. I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me,” the young star said in a statement Thursday following her nomination [via The Wrap].

“I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”

The last time a young actress made history in the best actress category was in 2004, when Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated at age 13.

While several young actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence and Keira Knightley, have made history with their nominations, it’s still been nearly three decades since anyone has beat Marlee Matlin’s historical win.

In 1986, Matlin, then 21, took home Oscar for her role in Children of a Lesser God. The actress also made history by becoming the first deaf actor or actress to win an Academy Award.

Staying in the ‘80s, Justin Henry’s best supporting actor nomination in 1980 for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer still tops everyone else as the youngest nominee in any category to date.

Watch to find out who wins when the 85th Academy Awards ceremony is broadcast on ABC February 24, 2013. Check out the gallery, above, for the six youngest best actress nominees Oscar has recognized. What do you think of Quvenzhané Wallis’ nomination? Weigh in below.

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