updated 01/10/2013 AT 9:05 AM ET
•originally published 01/10/2013 AT 8:15 AM ET
This year’s Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony’s host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ headquarters in Beverly Hills.
And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion’s share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.
Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.
Due to recent rules, the Best Picture category can have anywhere from five to 10 nominees. This year, there are a total of nine. They are:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
In the other major categories, the nominees are:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
For the complete list of nominations, click here.
The 85th annual Academy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.