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Lincoln biopic leads the way with 12 nominations as Us films reassert their Academy Award dominance

After last year's domination by The Artist, and the triumph for The King's Speech in 2011, Us cinema reasserted itself with a vengeance in the 2013 Oscar race, as the nominations for this year's Academy awards were announced.

The Steven Spielberg-directed biopic Lincoln led the nominations count, with 12, including nods for best picture, best director, and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while the 20th Century Fox-produced Life of Pi ran second with 11, and the David O Russell romcom Silver Linings Playbook upset the formbook by scoring a surprise eight.

British hopes, largely invested in Les Misérables, received solid if not spectacular encouragement, as the Tom Hooper-directed musical received eight nominations, including best picture and best actor for Hugh Jackman.

The much-talked-up surge for the record-breaking James Bond film Skyfall failed to materialise, as no major »

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