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Lincoln leads the field with 11 nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, while Silver Linings Playbook scored nods in each of the six top categories when the nominees were announced this morning.
Nominations for Lincoln include Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, Tommy Lee Jones for Best Supporting Actor, Sally Field for Best Supporting Actress and Steven Spielberg for Best Director and various technical awards.
It was a somewhat surprising showing for Silver Linings, which landed eight total nods, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) and Best Director for David O. Russell, along with some technical awards.
This year, due to the Academy's recent rule change, there are nine films in the Best Picture category. Fleshing out the category alongside Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miseérables, Amour and Life of Pi, which is up for nine Oscars, mostly in technical categories.
While the Best Picture nods offered few surprises, the same can’t be said of the Best Director category. Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) were all snubbed, allowing Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) to sneak in alongside Spielberg and Ang Lee (Life of Pi).
Affleck was also shut out of the Best Actor category, where both Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) picked up their first Oscar nominations. Rounding out the category were Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).
Meanwhile, the Best Actress field, was just as much of a mixed back with Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) all picking up nods. Of note, Riva, 85, is the oldest actress ever nominated, while Wallis is the youngest at age nine.