The Academy Award nominees, announced on Thursday, included two movies filmed in Louisiana: "Beasts of the Southern Wild," earning four nominations total, and "Django Unchained," which received three. Both are contenders for Best Picture.

Landrieu went on to congratulate individuals involved in the film, including the star of "Beasts," 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in history. Wallis was 5 when the movie was filmed.

Tax credit incentives and an aggressive state promotion strategy have helped turn post-Hurricane-Katrina New Orleans into an attractive shooting location for films, prompting the coining of the term "Hollywood South."