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Oscar nominees are…

Lincoln Director Steven Spielberg’s film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, rounded up plenty of votes for the 85th Academy Awards, topping all films with 12 nominations, including best picture.

Spielberg, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history, doesn’t need the honours; he has six previous directing nominations, including wins for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List — but the showing marks a return to dominance for the filmmaker. In the last decade, his films, including War Horse and Munich, have received little more than respect at the annual gathering.

Along with the best picture and best director nominations, the film also earned nods for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner).

Second in the nomination race was Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, the story of a spiritually curious boy who survives a shipwreck and travels across the ocean, accompanied by a tiger named Richard Parker. Pi, based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, earned 11 nominations, including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay.

Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook both received eight nominations, including for best picture. Other best picture nominees are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Argo, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty.

Some notable acting veterans, including Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Field, were back in the academy’s good graces.

De Niro earned a best supporting actor nomination for Silver Linings Playbook. It’s his seventh nod and first since 1991’s Cape Fear. De Niro has two wins, for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

Washington received his sixth nomination, a best actor pick for Flight. He’s also won twice, for Glory and Training Day and Field, is up for her third award, though her first in a supporting category. She won for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart.

Nine year old Quvenzhane Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild was also nominated for the

The Oscar nominations, which were announced last week, will air from the Dolby Theatre — formerly known as the Kodak Theatre — in Los Angeles on February 24. (CNN)

Following are some of the nominations:

Best Picture



Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained-

Les mis?rables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings PlayBook

Zero Dark Thirty

Actor In a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlayBook

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Hugh Jackman – Les Mis?rables

Joaquin Phoenix -The Master

Denzel Washington – Flight

Actress In a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings PlayBook

Emmanuelle Riva- Amour

Quvenzhan? Wallis- Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts- The Impossible

Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin- Argo

Robert de Niro- Silver Linings PlayBook

Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams – The Master

Sally Field – Lincoln

Anne Hathaway – Les Mis?rables

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings PlayBook

Animated Feature Film

Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

FrankenWeenie- Tim Burton

Paranorman- Sam Fell and Chris Butler

The Pirates! Band of Misfits-Peter Lord

Wreck-it Ralph -Rich Moore

Music (Original Song)

Before My Time – Chasing Ice Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph

Everybody needs A Best friend -Ted Music by Walter Murphy Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

Pi’s lullaby – Life of Pi Music by Mychael Danna Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

Skyfall – Skyfall Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Music (Original Score

Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli

Argo – Alexandre Desplat

Life of Pi- Mychael Danna

Lincoln- John Williams

Skyfall- Thomas Newman

Makeup and Hairstyling

Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

Les Mis?rables- Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Film Editing

Argo – William Goldenberg

Life of Pi – Tim Squyres

Lincoln- Michael Kahn

Silver Linings PlayBook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

Zero Dark Thirty -Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg


Amour- Michael Haneke

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi – Ang Lee

Lincoln – Steven Spielberg

Silver Linings PlayBook – David o. Russell


Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey

Django Unchained – Robert Richardson

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski

Skyfall -Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Les Mis?rables -Paco Delgado

Lincoln -Joanna Johnston

Mirror Mirror-Eiko ishioka

Snow White and the Huntsman- Colleen Atwood

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