Beasts of the Southern Wild earned a remarkable four Oscar nods this morning, launching 9-year-old star Quvenzhane Wallis into the record books with the distinction of youngest nominee ever in Academy Awards history.
ET caught up with the talented pre-teen shortly after hearing her Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for the post-Katrina tale and, despite the circumstances, Quvenzhane (pronounced Kwe-VEN-zhan-nay) seemed unaffected when discussing the life-changing news.
"It makes me feel excited," said the bubbly youngster with a smile. "It makes me feel special too."
Apparently, being spotlighted by the Academy was the furthest thing from Quvenzhane's mind this morning. Almost as soon as she was awakened with the good news, the actress made her way back to bed to finish her night's sleep.
Now wide awake, Quvenzhane says she looks forward to celebrating with a visit to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles with her mom and Beasts director Benh Zeitlin.
Watch the video for more from the young star's adorable interview and reaction from the film's director and producers.