‘Lincoln’ leads Academy Award contenders with 12 nominations

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Forget about those debates over taxes and gun control.  And don’t bother thinking about wars and rumors of wars.

No, the big news is freakin’ Lincoln.

‘Lincoln’ may be more than equal in the eyes of Oscar. Steven Spielberg’s film about the sixteenth
President picked up a dozen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day Lewis, Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field, Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones and Best Director for Spielberg.

‘Life of Pi’ had eleven nominations, including best picture and best director for Ang Lee.

‘Les Miserables’ received eight nominations, including one for Hugh Jackman for Best Actor and Ann Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, but not one for director Tom Hooper.

What may receive the ‘hankerchief flick of the year’ award is ‘Amour’, about a husband and wife coping with a stroke and the effects of aging. It received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

Here’s a bit of Oscar trivia. Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest person nominated as best actress for her role in amour. She`ll be 84 on Oscar night, February 24.

And  Quvenzhane Wallis, at nine years old, is the youngest person ever nominated for Best Actress for her role in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, which received four nominations.

Well, yes; but no. At least not in the opinion of the folks who do the Razzies, the annual alternative to the Oscars. ‘The Twighlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two’ received ten Razzie nominations, including those for worst film, Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart, And Worst Actor for Robert Pattinson.

Lotta cougars and their cubs will probably disagree.