'Lincoln', 'Life Of Pi' top Oscar nominations

MUMBAI: ?Lincoln? continued to gain strong momentum in the Hollywood awards season. The Steven Spielberg biopic got 12 nominations. Just behind is Ang Lee?s ?Life of Pi? with 11 nominations.

Both are among the nine pictures nominated for best film. The others are ?Argo?, ?Silver Linings Playbook?, ?Amour?, ?Zero Dark Thirty?, ?Beasts Of The Southern Wild?, ?Django Unchained? and ?Les Miserables?. Missing from the list are ?Skyfall?, ?The Master? and ?Moonrise Kingdom?.

But the big surprise is in best director. Apart from Lee and Spielberg none of the other three directors who were nominated for the DGA have gotten in. This includes Kathryn Bigelow who helmed critics favourite ?Zero Dark Thirty? and Ben Affleck for ?Argo?. That seriously hurts both these films? chances of winning the best picture Oscar. The last time a film won best picture without its director being nominated was ?Driving Miss Daisy? way back in 1989.

Apart from Lee and Spielberg, the directors competing for an Oscar are Michael Hanecke for ?, Benh Zeitlin for ?Beasts Of The southern Wild? and David O Russell for ?Silver Linings Playbook?.Amour

Another big surprise is in foreign language film. The nominees do not include ?The Intouchables?. ?Amour? is the favourite to win here. The other nominees are ?Kon-Tiki?, ?No?, ?A Royal Affair? and ?War Witch.

The best actress category has the oldest ever nominee Emannuelle Riva for ?Amour? and the youngest ever in Quvenzhan? Wallis in ?Beasts of the Southern Wild?. But the race is probably a shootout between Jessica Chastain for ?Zero Dark Thirty? and Jennifer Lawrence for ?Silver Linings Playbook?. Naomi Watts in ?The Impossible? has also made the cut.

Lawrence has a bit of an edge in that ?Silver Linings Playbook? did better than expected. It got eight nominations including one in supporting actress for Jackie Weaver. It is the only movie to have been nominated in all the acting categories. ?Les Miserables? also got eight nominations, though more were expected. Its helmer Tom Hooper has been left out.

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