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Oscars 2013: Records Broken for Oldest, Youngest Nominees

Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva are the youngest and oldest to be nominated for the best actress Oscar.

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The excitement of Oscar nominations morning brought with it a little something for the record books: The 85th Academy Awards features both the youngest and oldest actresses ever to vie for best actress honors.

Quvenzhane Wallis, a complete unknown who dazzled audiences in Beasts of the Southern Wild, is just nine years old, making her the youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. The record was previously held by Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was 13 when she was nominated for Whale Rider (2003).

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The only two people younger than Wallis to ever receive an acting Oscar nomination were Jackie Cooper, who was also nine  — but a few days younger than Wallis is…

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