The Steven Spielberg-directed "Lincoln", a Civil War saga leads the race for Oscar nominations, including best picture, director and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Also among the 9 best picture nominees are: the old-age love story "Amour"; Iranian thriller "Argo"; independent hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; the slave-revenge story "Django Unchained"; the musical "Les Miserables"; the shipwreck story "Life of Pi"; the lost-souls romance "Silver Linings Playbook"; and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle "Zero Dark Thirty."
Portraying Abraham Lincoln's final months as he prepares for the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, "Lincoln" features Day-Lewis in a monumental role, supporting-actress nominee Field as the headstrong Mary Lincoln and supporting-actor nomiee Jones as abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens.
Joining Day-Lewis in the best-actor category are Bradley Cooper as a psychiatric patient trying to bounce back in "Silver Linings Playbook"; Hugh Jackman as Victor Hugo's tragic hero in "Les Miserables"; Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"; and Denzel Washington as a pilot in "Flight."
Among the best actress nomiees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA operative hunting bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty"; Jennifer Lawrence as a struggling widow in "Silver Linings Playbook"; Emmanuelle Riva as a sick woman in "Amour"; Quvenzhane Wallis as a spirited girl in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; and Naomi Watts as a mother in "The Impossible."
The Oscars are awarded based on a complex formula of voting by the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners for the 85th Oscars will be announced on February 24 at a ceremony aired live on ABC from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.
The Nominations - Best Film
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
The Nominations - Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight
The Nominations - Best Actress
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible