The drama focusing on the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, is among the nine movies nominated for the best picture Oscar. The 2013 Academy Award nominations have been announced in Hollywood.
This time around the film’s director Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, didn’t scoop a nomination for Zero Dark Thirty. The drama, whose title is a military terminology for half past midnight, the time at which the hunt of Osama bin Laden by the CIA was scheduled to take place, received mixed reviews for its depiction of torture.
Steven Spielberg’s latest period drama Lincoln, about the 16th president of America, has picked up 12 nominations, including best picture, best director as well as nods for actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. The creator of Schindler's List and Indiana Jones has been tipped to win his third Academy Award for best director. His directing nomination is his seventh.
Another possible shoo-in to win another award is Taiwan-born Oscar winning Ang Lee. His Life of Pi based on the bestseller from Canadian author Yann Martel has been described by film buffs as the most beautiful film of the year.
The adventure of a man who survives a disaster at sea with a Bengal tiger has scooped 11 nominations, including best director.
Among the contenders to win the best director award is the celebrated Austrian Michael Haneke. His drama, Amour, puts the spotlight on two French movie legends, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and the star of A Man and a Woman, 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant.
They portray an elderly couple, the husband struggling to help his wife live on after she suffers a stroke that paralyzes half her body. Riva has received a best actress nomination for her part. Among her rivals are Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty and Naomi Watts in The Impossible.
Best actor nominees feature Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Denzel Washington for Flight.
Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Anne Hathaway have won nods in the supporting performers’ category.
The epic musical Les Miserables from the director of The King’s Speech Tom Hooper and the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook have earned eight nominations each.
The nominations in a total of 24 categories have been selected by a ballot of 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The presentation ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre on 24 February in Los Angeles.