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Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Supporting Actress nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center.(Photo/Xinhua)


Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Supporting Actor nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center.(Photo/Xinhua)


Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Director nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. (Photo/Xinhua)


Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Foreign Language Films nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. (Photo/Xinhua)


Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Actress Language nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. (Photo/Xinhua)

Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Actor Language nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. (Photo/Xinhua)


Seth MacFarlane (R) and actress Emma Stone read the Best Picture Language nominees at the 85th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 10, 2013. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards early Thursday. The awards ceremony for the 85th Oscars is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center.(Photo/Xinhua)

The Civil War saga "Lincoln" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for British-born Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the nine nominees yesterday for best picture: the love story "Amour;" the Iran hostage thriller "Argo;" the independent hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild;" the slave-revenge narrative "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."

Oscar winners will be announced on February 24.

"Life of Pi" surprisingly ran second in nominations with 11, ahead of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables," which had both been considered potential front-runners.

More surprising were snubs in the directing category, where three favorites missed out: Ben Affleck for "Argo" and past Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables."

The best-picture category also had surprising omissions. The acclaimed first-love tale "Moonrise Kingdom" was left out and only got one nomination, for original screenplay. Also snubbed for best-picture was "The Master," a critical favorite that received three acting nominations for Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Two-time winner Spielberg earned his seventh directing nomination. Also in the mix are past winner Ang Lee for "Life of Pi" and past nominee David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook." The other slots went to surprise picks who are first-time nominees: Michael Haneke for his French-language "Amour" and Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

"Amour" also was a best-picture surprise. The Austrian film, which won the top prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival, had been considered a favorite in the foreign-language category, where it also was nominated. "Amour" had five nominations, including original screenplay and best actress for Emmanuelle Riva.

Chronicling Abraham Lincoln's final months as he engineers passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, "Lincoln" stars best-actor contender Day-Lewis in a monumental performance as the 16th president.

Joining Day-Lewis in the best-actor field are Bradley Cooper as a psychiatric patient trying to get his life together in "Silver Linings Playbook;" Hugh Jackman in "Les Miserables;" Phoenix as a Navy vet who joins a cult in "The Master;" and Denzel Washington as a boozy pilot in "Flight."

Nominated for best actress are Jessica Chastain as a CIA operative hunting bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty;" Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow struggling to heal in "Silver Linings Playbook;" Riva as an ailing woman tended by her husband in "Amour;" Quvenzhane Wallis as a spirited girl in "Beasts of the Southern Wild;" and Naomi Watts as a mother caught up in a devastating tsunami in "The Impossible."


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