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Lincoln topped the 85th Academy Awards nominations with 12 on a short list rife with surprises.

The Steven Spielberg drama will vie for Best Picture honors against Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.

Spielberg is up for Best Director against Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who were widely expected to snag nods, were snubbed.

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star Daniel Day-Lewis will contend for an unprecedented third Best Actor Oscar against Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Denzel Washington (Flight).Cooper's co-stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver all landed nods as well, making Silver Linings Playbook the first film since 1981's Reds to score nominations in all four acting categories.The Best Actress race pits the oldest and youngest nominees ever: Amour's Emmanuelle Riva, who turns 86 on the night of the Oscars, and Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhane Wallis, who is 9.

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The 85th Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, airs Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC.Check out the nominees below.Picture
AmourArgo Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke, AmourAng Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookSteven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lead Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The MasterDenzel Washington, Flight
Lead Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookEmmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts, The ImpossibleSupporting Actor Alan Arkin, ArgoRobert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln Christoph Waltz, Django UnchainedSupporting Actress Amy Adams, The Master Sally Field, LincolnAnne Hathaway, Les Miserables Helen Hunt, The SessionsJacki Weaver, Silver Linings PlaybookOriginal Screenplay Michael Haneke, AmourQuentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
John Gatins, Flight
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal, Zero Dark ThirtyAdapted ScreenplayChris Terrio, ArgoLucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern WildTony Kushner, LincolnDavid Magee, Life of PiDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookAnimated Feature
Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Pirates! Band of MisfitsWreck-It Ralph Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria
Kon-Tiki, NorwayNo, ChileA Royal Affair, DenmarkWar Witch, Canada