By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 10, 2013 at 9:20AM
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leads the way with 12 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones for acting.
"Lincoln" was joined by 8 other films in the best picture race: Michael Haneke's "Amour," Ben Affleck's "Argo," Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." The most notable snubs in the category were "Moonrise Kingdom," "Skyfall" and "The Master," though none are huge surprises.
The huge surprises came in the best director category, where Bigelow, Affleck and Hooper -- all DGA nominees -- were passed over in favor of Haneke, Russell and, most shockingly, Zeitlin.
The acting races show quite a few notable nominees (and non-nominees) as well. John Hawkes, Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Javier Bardem, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are among those that had reasonable chances of making Oscar's list but were ultimately left off, while Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Christoph Waltz, Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhané Wallis made it despite not having a single SAG nomination among them. Also of note: All but three actors nominated are former nominees (Bradley Cooper, Riva and Wallis -- the latter two being the oldest and youngest nominees in their category ever, respectively), while 9 of 20 have already won (including 3 two-timers).
Full list of nominations below. Check out a list of the 10 biggest surprises here.
Best motion picture of the year
"Amour" Nominees to be determined
"Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
"Django Unchained" Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
"Les Misérables" Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
"Life of Pi" Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
"Lincoln" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
"Silver Linings Playbook" Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
"Zero Dark Thirty" Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
Achievement in directing
"Amour" Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" Ang Lee
"Lincoln" Steven Spielberg
"Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman in "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
Denzel Washington in "Flight"
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin in "Argo"
Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in "The Master"
Sally Field in "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best animated feature film of the year
"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
Achievement in cinematography
"Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey
"Django Unchained" Robert Richardson
"Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
"Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski
"Skyfall" Roger Deakins