'Lincoln' takes lion's share of Oscar nominations

Steven Spielberg's American Civil War drama gets 12 nods, but 'Skyfall' misses out on best picture

LAST UPDATED AT 15:01 ON Thu 10 Jan 2013

STEVEN SPIELBERG'S Civil War drama Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th American president, is the front-runner for Oscars glory after winning 12 nominations today.

Spielberg's movie, which has the rare distinction of being critically acclaimed and a commercial success, scored a best actor nomination for Day-Lewis as Lincoln and a best director nod for Spielberg. Sally Field, who plays the president's wife, and Tommy Lee Jones who plays congressman Thaddeus Stevens, will contest the best actress and best supporting actor categories.

Director Ang Lee's high-tech adaptation of the novel Life of Pi was also highly favoured with 11 nominations.

The Oscars will be handed out in Los Angeles on 24 February by a new host Seth McFarlane, the creator of the cartoon Family Guy and the comedy Ted. McFarlane gave his Oscars schtick a trial run at this afternoon's nomination announcement delivering a few acerbic put-downs to Hollywood's big names.

After reading out the nominations for best actress he said: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to [legendary producer] Harvey Weinstein."

While some of the movies vying for best picture were expected - Life of Pi, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty - there were some more left-field choices. Quentin Tarantino's violent Western Django Unchained is in the running as is Amour, a French language drama about an elderly couple directed by Germany's Michael Haneke. Amour is also nominated for best foreign language film.

Another best picture outsider is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a critically acclaimed "mythic tale about a coastal Louisiana community struggling to survive an environmental apocalypse," as Slate puts it.

The film's young American director Benh Zeitlin is up for best director and the film's nine-year-old star Quvenzhané Wallis is nominated for best actress, the youngest performer ever to get the nod. Coincidentally, Amour's 85-year old star Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest person ever to be nominated for the same category.

Competition is tight in the best supporting actress category where Field (Mrs Lincoln) faces strong competition from Amy Adams for the Scientology drama The Master, Anne Hathaway as a prostitute turned revolutionary in Les Miserables and veteran Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the oddball comedy Silver Linings Playbook.

Day-Lewis's main rivals for best actor are Joaquin Phoenix in The Master and Bradley Cooper who plays a psychiatric patient trying to get his life together in Silver Linings Playbook.

The producers of the latest Bond movie Skyfall were hoping to make history by scoring a best picture 'nom', but had to be content with nods for cinematography (Roger Deakins), music (Thomas Newman) and original song (Skyfall). That means we're almost certain to see Adele performing the British No.1 hit at the Oscars ceremony.

FULL OSCAR NOMINATIONS LIST:

BEST PICTURE
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

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
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, 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

ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers How To Survive A Plague
Searching for Sugar Man

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

FILM EDITING
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

ORIGINAL SONG
Before My Time, Chasing Ice
Everybody Needs A Best Friend, Ted
Pi's Lullaby, Life of Pi
Skyfall, Skyfall
Suddenly, Les Miserables

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

ANIMATED SHORT
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"
Paperman

LIVE ACTION SHORT
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow
Henry

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Inocente
Kings Point
Open Heart
Redemption
Mondays at Racine

SOUND EDITING
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

SOUND MIXING
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

VISUAL EFFECTS
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman · 

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