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‘Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations


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Walt Disney predictably dominated the animated-feature category with three of the five nominees: "Brave," "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph." Also nominated were "ParaNorman" and "The Pirates! Band of Misfits."

"I’m absolutely blown away," "Wreck-It Ralph" director Rich Moore said. "It is weird at 5:30 in the morning to hear Emma Stone say your name. It’s surreal."

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Fun stuff to know about Oscar nominations

GOLDEN AGE » At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour” is now the oldest best actress nominee, while 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the youngest in that category. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a supporting actress nod for 1997’s “Titanic,” and the youngest is Justin Henry, who was 8 when he was nominated as supporting actor for 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

VETERANS DAY » Nine of the nominees, including all of the supporting actor nominees, are previous winners: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln,” Denzel Washington of “Flight,” Alan Arkin of “Argo,” Robert De Niro of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Philip Seymour Hoffman of “The Master,” Christoph Waltz of “Django Unchained” and Helen Hunt of “The Sessions.” Jessica Chastain, up for “Zero Dark Thirty,” is the only acting contender who was nominated last year.

ALL IN THE FAMILY » Thomas Newman’s nod for original score for “Skyfall” is his 11th and brings the total for members of the musical Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 87, more than any other clan. With his original screenplay nomination for “Moonrise Kingdom,” Roman Coppola becomes the sixth member of the Coppola family (Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola) to receive a nod, for a family total of 24.

RECORD BREAKERS » Some nominees are smashing records. Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy share the record for the most best picture nominations for individual producers with eight each. With his best picture nod for “Argo,” producer George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only powerhouses to have nominations for best picture, directing, writing and acting. Michael Kahn is now the most-nominated film editor, having received his eighth nomination this year for “Lincoln.”

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR » “Amour,” which is nominated in five categories this year, is the fifth film to be nominated in both the best picture and foreign language categories. The others were “Z,” which won the foreign language trophy in 1969; “The Emigrants,” a foreign language nominee in 1971 and a best picture nominee in 1972; “Life Is Beautiful,” which won the foreign language award in 1998; and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the foreign language winner in 2000.

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"Lincoln" is Spielberg’s best awards prospect since his critical peak in the 1990s, when he won best-picture and directing Oscars for "Schindler’s List" and a second directing Oscar for "Saving Private Ryan."

Spielberg’s latest film could vault him, Day-Lewis and Field to new heights among Hollywood’s super-elite of multiple Oscar winners.

A best-picture win for "Lincoln" would be Spielberg’s second, while another directing win would be his third, a feat achieved only by Frank Capra and William Wyler, who each earned three directing Oscars, and John Ford, who received four.

"Lincoln" also was the ninth best-picture nominee Spielberg has directed, moving him into a tie for second-place with Ford. Only Wyler directed more best-picture nominees, with 13.

Day-Lewis and Field both have two lead-acting Oscars already, he for "My Left Foot" and "There Will Be Blood" and she for "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart." A third Oscar for either would put them in rare company with previous triple winners Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Katharine Hepburn is the record-holder with four acting Oscars.

An Oscar for Jones would be his second supporting-actor prize; he previously won for "The Fugitive."

"Lincoln" composer John Williams — whose five Oscars include three for the music of three earlier Spielberg films, "Jaws," "E.T. the Extra-terrestrial" and "Schindler’s List" — earned his 43rd nomination for best score, extending his all-time record in the category.

The Oscars feature a best-picture field that ranges from five to 10 films depending on a complex formula of ballots from the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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Nominations in most categories are decided by ballots from members of specific academy branches — such as directors, writers or actors. All members are eligible to vote for best-picture nominees, and the entire academy can vote in every category for the actual Oscars, whose balloting begins Feb. 8.

Winners for the 85th Oscars will be announced Feb. 24 at a ceremony aired live on ABC from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

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AP entertainment writers Christy Lemire, Sandy Cohen, Anthony McCartney and Derrik Lang in Los Angeles and AP writer Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.

Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations:

1. Best Picture » “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

2. Actor » Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”; Denzel Washington, “Flight.”

3. 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.”

4. Supporting Actor » Alan Arkin, “Argo”; Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”; Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

5. Supporting Actress » Amy Adams, “The Master”; Sally Field, “Lincoln”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”; Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”; Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

6. Directing » Michael Haneke, “Amour”; Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”; Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

7. Foreign Language Film » “Amour,” Austria; “Kon-Tiki,” Norway; “No,” Chile; “A Royal Affair,” Denmark; “War Witch,” Canada.

8. Adapted Screenplay » Chris Terrio, “Argo”; Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; David Magee, “Life of Pi”; Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

9. Original Screenplay » Michael Haneke, “Amour”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”; John Gatins, “Flight”; Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”; Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

10. Animated Feature Film » “Brave”; “Frankenweenie”; “ParaNorman”; “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”; “Wreck-It Ralph.”

11. Production Design » “Anna Karenina,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln.”

12. Cinematography » “Anna Karenina,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.”

13. Sound Mixing » “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.”

14. Sound Editing » “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

15. Original Score » “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli; “Argo,” Alexandre Desplat; “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna; “Lincoln,” John Williams; “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song » “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” J. Ralph; “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane; “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.

17. Costume » “Anna Karenina,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mirror Mirror,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

18. Documentary Feature » “5 Broken Cameras,” “The Gatekeepers,” “How to Survive a Plague,” “The Invisible War,” “Searching for Sugar Man.”

19. Documentary (short subject) » “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine,” “Open Heart,” “Redemption.”

20. Film Editing » “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling » “Hitchcock,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables.”

22. Animated Short Film » “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’” “Paperman.”

23. Live Action Short Film » “Asad,” “Buzkashi Boys,” “Curfew,” “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” “Henry.”

24. Visual Effects » “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Life of Pi,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”



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