11 Jan 2013

Lincoln leads Oscar nominations

8:28 am on 11 January 2013

The Academy Award nominations have been announced in Hollywood, with the US Civil War drama Lincoln dominating the list with 12.

Life of Pi secured 11 nominations.

Silver Linings Playbook, a romantic comedy, has eight nominations, four of them in each of the four acting categories. The last film to achieve this feat was Reds in 1982.

Nine films vie for the best picture award including Zero Dark 30, Argo and Les Miserables. Also nominated are Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour.

Amour, about a retired music teacher afflicted by a stroke, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival last year.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received three nominations. They are:

Best makeup and hairstyling - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

Best production design - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright

Best visual effects - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R Christopher White.

Australian nominees

Australians Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver are among the nominees.

Jackman was also nominated for a BAFTA award in the best actor category in Les Miserables in London on Wednesday.

Watts is nominated for best actress for her role in The Impossible, where she plays a woman whose family is caught in the tsunamis on 26 December, 2004.

It is her second nomination as a leading actress, after 21 Grams in 2003.

"The ... telling Maria Belon's miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgement of our film,'' Watts said. "I am truly honoured."

Other nominees for best actress are: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark 30, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour and Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Weaver, 65, also received her second nomination as a supporting actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

She was previously nominated in 2010 for Animal Kingdom, an Australian gangster film.

Also nominated as best supporting actress are: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables, Sally Field for Lincoln, Helen Hunt for The Sessions and Amy Adams for The Master.

The Oscar ceremony will be held in Hollywood on 24 February. It will feature a tribute to 50 years of the James Bond movie franchise.