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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