‘Lincoln’ leads Oscar race with 12 nominations


Director Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ is topping all films at the  85th Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture. The film revolving around the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, has earned nominations for best director,  best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner) amongst other categories.

“Lincoln” is Spielberg’s best awards prospect since his critical peak in the 1990s, when he won best-picture and directing Oscars for “Schindler’s List” and a second directing Oscar for “Saving Private Ryan.” The 12 nominations for “Lincoln” matched Spielberg’s personal best with “Schindler’s List,” which won seven Oscars.

Second in the nomination race was Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel that has earned 11 nominations, including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay.

“Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook” both received eight nominations, including for best picture. Other best picture nominees are “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Amour,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

The Oscar winners will be announced on Feb. 24.

‘Lincoln’ leads Oscar race with 12 nominations