Many stars woke up to the good news this morning that they had been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. But one pint-sized actress sang and danced
her way to her first-ever nomination. At 11 years old, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy nominee Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest actor up for the golden statuette this year.
ET caught up with Quvenzhane soon after she learned of the nomination. Her Annie co-star Golden Globe winner Jamie Foxx even stopped by to congratulate her!
"She is so great at what she does you forget she's only been here 11 years," Jamie gushed to ET. "For people to look at the art and award you, not with a pat on the back or a good critique, you get nominated for a Golden Globe. How many celebrities, actors and actresses, have gone through Hollywood and never gotten that opportunity?... It's mind blowing."
Quvenzhane first proved she's got the acting chops when she scored an Oscar nom at just 9 years old for her breakout role in 2012's Beasts of the Southern Wild. This marks her first Golden Globe nomination.
"For any kid out there -- no matter what race -- this is just inspiring," Jamie said.
The new, contemporary version of the fan-favorite stage musical casts Quvenzhane in the title role: a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Her hard-knock life takes a turn for the better when hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Foxx) takes her in.
"Not every kid gets Jamie Foxx to come up to them and say 'Congratulations on your nomination' so I feel like that was really special," Quvenzhane said. "But I don't think about it as Jamie Foxx saying he appreciates me. I just think it about as my friends telling me how much he appreciates me."
The Louisiana native has some stiff competition, competing against Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars) and Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey), but tells ET it feels "special" to be in their company.
"I think it's something that's really amazing," she said. "Being with all these great actresses it's kind of special to be there and in their category."
Watch the full video to find out what Quvenzhane plans to wear to the Golden Globes on Jan 11. Hint: It's pink, sparkly and poofy.