The U.S. President (Daniel Day-Lewis) surveys a Union vs. Confederacy battlefield in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations.
Wink and his young daughter Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) eek out a meager existence in post-Katrina Louisiana in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which was nominated for best picture.
American intelligence officer Tony Mendez (director Ben Affleck) walks into harm's way to rescue six U.S. embassy workers in "Argo," which was nominated for best picture.
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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: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty."