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Lincoln Leads 85th Annual Academy Awards [VIDEO]

Lincoln is the leading nominee for the 85th annual Academy Awards. The Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role picked up 12 nominations Thursday morning.

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The next most-nominated film is Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, followed by Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, each of which received eight nominations. The nominations were revealed by Emma Stone and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, who received a nomination himself in the Best Original Song category for co-writing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from his movie Ted.

Nine films in all will compete for the Best Picture award; there could have been as many as ten nominated. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained and Argo all received nods. In a surprising omission, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow, the directors of Best Picture nominees Argo, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively, were shut out of the Best Director category.

The Best Actress category features both the oldest-ever and youngest-ever Oscar nominee. Emmanuelle Riva, the star of the film Amour, is 85; tiny Quvenzhané [quh-VEHN-szhu-nay] Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, is just nine years old.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC Sunday, February 24. Here are the nominees in the categories announced Wednesday morning:

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Django Unchained



Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Denzel Washington, Flight

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master


Best Actress

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin, Argo

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln


Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Amy Adams, The Master


Best Director

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Michael Haneke, Amour

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature Film


The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph




Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, France

No, Chile

War Witch, Canada

A Royal Affair, Denmark

Kon Tiki, Denmark


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Beasts of the Southern Wild



Silver Linings Playbook

Life of Pi


Writing (Original Screenplay)


Zero Dark Thirty

Django Unchained


Moonrise Kingdom


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