Lincoln leads Oscar nominations

The Civil War film Lincoln leads Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, while adapted screenplay sensation Life of Pi follows close behind with 11.

Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominees Thursday in Beverly Hills, California on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The film Silver Linings Playbook, a movie about a man rebuilding his life after a stint in a mental institution, swept all four major acting categories and received nominations for best director, best movie and a best adapted screenplay.

The other movies to round out the nine nominees for best picture are the independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, which follows the Osama bin Laden search, French love saga Amour, Iran hostage thriller Argo, musical Les Miserables and American Western film Django Unchained.

In the acting categories, Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis and Les Miserables sensation Hugh Jackman were nominated for best actor, along with Denzel Washington for his performance in Flight, Bradley Cooper for his role in Silver Linings Playbook and Joaquin Phoenix for his work in The Master.

In the best actress category, Jessica Chastain was nominated for her role in Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and Naomi Watts for her role in tsunami film The Impossible. They are joined by nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination, and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest person to ever receive an Oscar nod.

The nominees for best foreign language film include Amour, Chile’s No, Denmark’s A Royal Affair, Norway’s Kon-Tiki and Canada’s War Witch.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24 in Hollywood.


(Still of Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, via