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'Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 10, 2013 at 8:16 a.m. Updated January 10, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

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This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film "Lincoln," which was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Daniel Day Lewis was also nominated for best actor.

— The Civil War saga Lincoln leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the nine nominees for best picture Thursday: the old-age love story Amour; the Iran hostage thriller Argo; the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild; the slave-revenge narrative Django Unchained; the musical Les Miserables; the shipwreck story Life of Pi; the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook; and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle Zero Dark Thirty.

Life of Pi ran second with 11 nominations, ahead of Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables, which had both been considered potential front-runners.

More surprising were snubs in the directing category, where three favorites missed out: Ben Affleck for Argo and past Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper for Les Miserables.

Two-time winner Spielberg earned his seventh directing nomination, and also in the mix are past winner Ang Lee for Life of Pi and past nominee David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. The other slots went to surprise picks who are first-time nominees: Michael Haneke for Amour and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Chronicling Abraham Lincoln’s final months as he engineers passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, Lincoln stars best-actor contender Day-Lewis in a monumental performance as the 16th president, supporting-actress nominee Field as the notoriously headstrong Mary Todd Lincoln and supporting-actor prospect Jones as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens.

Joining Day-Lewis in the best-actor field are Bradley Cooper as a psychiatric patient trying to get his life back together in Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman as Victor Hugo’s tragic hero Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy vet who falls in with a cult in The Master; and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight.

Nominated for best actress are Jessica Chastain as a CIA operative hunting bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty; Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow struggling to heal in Silver Linings Playbook; Emmanuelle Riva as an ailing woman tended by her husband in Amour; Quvenzhane Wallis as a spirited girl on the Louisiana delta in Beasts of the Southern Wild; and Naomi Watts as a mother caught up in a devastating tsunami in The Impossible.

Along with Field, supporting-actress nominees are Amy Adams as a cult leader’s devoted wife in The Master; Anne Hathaway as an outcast mother reduced to prostitution in Les Miserables; Helen Hunt as a sex surrogate in The Sessions; and Jacki Weaver as an unstable man’s doting mom in Silver Linings Playbook.

Besides Jones, the supporting-actor contenders are Alan Arkin as a wily Hollywood producer in Argo; Robert De Niro as a football-obsessed patriarch in Silver Linings Playbook; Philip Seymour Hoffman as a dynamic cult leader in The Master; and Christoph Waltz as a genteel bounty hunter in Django Unchained.

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.

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

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Razrbacker196107030755 says... January 10, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

WHAT IF...

What if the Current president had been elected by less than 40% of the popular vote?

What if he shut down all news media opposed to his agenda and jailed the editors and producers...

What if he signed an arrest warrant for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

What if he arrested the majority of one states legislature because there was a chance those legislators may oppose him?

What if he deported his most vocal critic in Congress?

What if he declared Marshal law and suspended Habeas Corpus, so that anyone could be arrested without being charged and held indefinitely?

What if he violated the 2nd Amendment by disarming the states of his choosing?

What if, after only one month in office and without congressional approval, he unleashed the full might of the military on any state that refused to pay federal taxes.

What if he initiated these actions against the almost unanimous advice of his military and cabinet advisors?

What if the military, while carrying out his orders, killed thousands of civilians, burned down homes, destroyed property and torched countless cities; while robbing and raping citizens?

And what if he created new states formed out of existing states simply for political expediency?

And what if he was so wildly unpopular that just months before the election he was almost certain that he would not be re-elected to a second term?

What if he stationed armed guards at polling places to intimidate voters and help insure his re-election?

What if, after the president’s death, the government told us that this was all done for the good of the country and to ensure that all races would be free and equal?

What if, BECAUSE OF ALL HIS GROSS VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION, WHICH HE WAS SWORN TO UPHOLD, WE BUILT HIM A HUGE MONUMENT IN WASHINGTON DC AND CALLED HIM OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER...?

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