BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- The Civil War saga Lincoln leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the 9 nominees for best picture Thursday: the old-age love story Amour ; the Iran hostage thriller Argo ; the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild ; the slave-revenge narrative Django Unchained ; the musical Les Miserables ; the shipwreck story Life of Pi ; the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook ; and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle Zero Dark Thirty.

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