*Denzel Washington and 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis will be the lone people of color competing for top acting honors at the Academy Awards in February.

As previously reported, Washington was announced Thursday among the best actor nominees for his role in “Flight.” He starred as a commercial airline pilot who makes a miraculous crash landing, saving all of his passengers onboard, but an investigation into the malfunction uncovers more troubling issues.

“Flight was one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever had in my career, and it was an honor to be directed by Robert Zemeckis,” stated Washington. “It’s always nice to be asked back to the show, and it will be fun to share the evening with our nominated screenwriter John Gatins.”

Quvenzhane Wallis as “Hushpuppy” and Dwight Henry as “Wink” in Beats of the Southern Wild

Wallis was recognized for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a drama directed by Benh Zeitlin and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The story, set in a southern Louisiana bayou community called the “Bathtub,” follows 5-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis) and her father Wink as the area prepares for an approaching storm.

“Everyone who made Beasts happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad,” stated Wallis. “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. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”