British born actress Naomi Watts said she was "truly honoured" to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She said:
"I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning's wonderful news. The journey of telling Maria Belon's miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgement of our film."
The Oscar nominations have been unveiled with Steven Spielberg's Lincoln leading the way with 12 nominations.
Strange tales often turn up in the strangest of places. Fawad Mohammadi and his amazing film is the perfect example of that.