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.