Lincoln leads the Academy Awards contenders with 12 nominations including best picture and acting nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Redding native Kathleen Kennedy was nominated for Best Picture as the producer of Lincoln, with Steven Spielberg.

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."
The Oscars feature a best-picture field that ranges from five to 10 films depending on a complex formula of ballots from the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Winners will be announced Feb. 24 during the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on KRCR News Channel 7.