“Lincoln,” director Steven Spielberg’s film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, topped the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards on Thursday, receiving 12 nods, including best picture.
Along with Spielberg, who picked up a best director nomination, the film earned picks for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner).
“Life of Pi” was second with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director (Ang Lee) and best adapted screenplay.
As always, there were a handful of surprises. The most notable, perhaps, was the showing by the small independent film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Its 9-year-old star, Quvenzhane Wallis, earned a nomination for best actress, becoming the youngest person ever in that category. In addition, the film was nominated for best picture, best director (Benh Zeitlin) and best adapted screenplay — four nominations in all.
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