2013 Oscar nominations: 'Lincoln' tops 'Life of Pi' with 12, 'Beasts,' 'Silver Linings' score
But Ang Lee's visually extravagant literary adaptation "Life of Pi" was right behind with 11. An impressive feat considering none of its nominations came in the acting fields.
The news puts "Lincoln" in an excellent position to score major victories in the top categories, while "Pi" may be the favorite to dominate technical categories.
Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year including "Lincoln" and "Pi." They're joined by "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
Among the nomination announcement's biggest surprises: "Argo" director Ben Affleck and "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow were left out of the Best Director field. Instead, underdog contenders and first-time nominees Michael Haneke ("Amour") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") will face off with Spielberg, Lee and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook").
"Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" both scored 8 nominations. "Silver Linings" became the first film since 1981's "Reds" to land nods in all four acting categories: Best Actor ( Bradley Cooper), Best Actress ( Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor ( Robert De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress ( Jacki Weaver). With nominations in Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Editing, it's a major player.
Even without an Affleck nomination, "Argo" managed 7 noms including Best Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor ( Alan Arkin). "Amour," "Django Unchained," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" landed five each. While "Anna Karenina" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned 4.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Master" both earned 3, though "The Hobbit" noms were all in technical categories and "The Master" was exclusively acting ( Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams). "Flight" and, rather surprisingly, "Snow White and the Huntsman" each earned two Oscar noms.
While the year's biggest hit, "Marvel's The Avengers," picked up a single nom (for Best Visual Effects), its comic book movie rival "The Dark Knight Rises" was completely shut out of the running despite previous Oscar noms for both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."
Check out the complete list of this year's Oscar nominees.