Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

Wallis at the White House Wednesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

“That was my first time ever touching a black pig. I’d only touched pink pigs before. That’s the type you normally see.”

Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year-old Best Actress nominee, on the challenges of her role in “Beast of the Southern Wild” — the muck and mosquitos and weird creatures she encountered while filming in Louisiana. The young star spoke at a panel discussion at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington this week, reports Jessica Goldstein. She continued her D.C. charm offensive with a visit to the White House Wednesday, for a Black History Month Q&A with the first lady.

In other news: Marco Rubio’s water bottle! Mark Kirk’s fist bump! Obama’s body language! And other arguably unimportant stuff about the State of the Union.

Looking for Wednesday’s Reliable Source? Start here: Billy Campbell on playing another version of Abe in ‘Killing Lincoln’