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Lincoln leads Oscar nominations

  • A film about American president Abraham Lincoln has received 12 Oscar nominations, including best picture.

    Along with Lincoln, the eight films up for best film are Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, musical Les Miserables, Iran political thriller Argo, French film Amour, Osama bin Laden drama Zero Dark Thirty, comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and fantasy film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    The Oscars are handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 26.

    Best acting nods went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as President Abraham Lincoln, Hugh Jackman for his role in Les Miserables, Jessica Chastain for her performance as a CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty and Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

    At the age of 85, Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest best actress nominee in the Academy's 85-year history for her role in Amour.

    Meanwhile, nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest ever best actress Oscar nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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