The nominees for the 2013 Oscars were announced Thursday morning. This yearâ??s ceremony will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
Best actor nominees are: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"; Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"; Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"; Denzel Washington, "Flight."
Best supporting actor nominees are: Alan Arkin, "Argo"; Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"; Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"; Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
Best actress nominees are: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"; QuvenzhanÃ© Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; Naomi Watts, "The Impossible."
Best supporting actress nominees are: Amy Adams, "The Master"; Sally Field, "Lincoln"; Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"; Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"; Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook."
Best picture nominees are: Amour; Life of Pi; Argo; Lincoln; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Silver Linings Playbook; Django Unchained; Zero Dark Thirty; and Les MisÃ©rables.
Best animated film nominees are: "Brave"; "Frankenweenie"; "ParaNorman"; "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"; "Wreck-It Ralph."
Best director nominees are: Michael Haneke, "Amour"; Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"; Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"; David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook."
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Steven Spielberg has earned his seventh Oscar nomination as Best Director, this time for "Lincoln," which collected a dozen nominations overall today. If he wins, he'll be among just three directors who have won at least three Oscars. Actress Sally Field will again find out if Oscar voters like her -- she is nominated, along with Lincoln co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones.
The director of "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, had been expected to pick up her second nomination as best director -- and perhaps even repeat her historic win in 2009 for "The Hurt Locker."
But when the names were read today, Kathryn Bigelow was not among the nominees. And that is leading to speculation that she and the film are feeling the heat from the many objections to its depiction of torture.
Foes of harsh treatment of detainees have denounced the film for suggesting that those techniques led to the information that brought about the death of bin Laden.
But Bigelow's wasn't the only name missing from the list of nominated directors. Many expected it to include Ben Affleck for "Argo," Quentin Tarantino for "Django Unchained" and Tom Hopper for "Les Miserables." None of them received a nomination.
Without a directing nomination, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" are no longer considered the main competitors to "Lincoln" for the Best Picture prize. That status may now belong to "Silver Linings Playbook," with eight nominations, and "Life of Pi," which was nominated 12 times.
Two former inmates at Guantanamo are also criticizing the
Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty," for suggesting that brutal interrogation tactics provided intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The two men -- one from Iraq and the other from Libya -- say the movie legitimizes abuse. One of the former detainees was partially blinded after what he said was an effort by an American guard to gouge out his eyes. They spoke today in London, where the movie hasn't yet opened.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)