Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the year's Oscar nominees early Thursday morning, and this year's class of Best Picture hopefuls is quite a strong field.
Those competing at the 85th annual Academy Awards are: Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables," Denzel Washington for "Flight," Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook" and Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master."
Day-Lewis was a pre-announcement favorite, having given a characteristically committed performance in Steven Spielberg's epic take on Abraham Lincoln's fight to end slavery. In fact, the two-time Best Actor winner is still thought to be in the lead for this year's hardware.
Hugh Jackman, better known to some for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies, was nominated on the strength of his singing chops. The Australian actor's turn as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables" earned him his first Oscar nod.
This year's Oscars will take place on Feb. 24, with MacFarlane on hosting duties. A coterie of Hollywood's brightest faces will help hand out trophies to the winners, who are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy is made up of working professionals in the movie business. More information on the voting process is available at the Academy's website. The Golden Globes -- which take place this Sunday -- are not voted on by industry insiders, but by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
A live-blog of Oscars season is available below, as is a gallery of those honored. Be sure to head back to HuffPost Entertainment for coverage of all things awards.
02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST
Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry
From backstage at the Oscars:
When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?
Clooney: Michelle Obama.
Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.
02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair
Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:
Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?
What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.
02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST
What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell
From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:
"A bad word. That starts with F."
02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face
02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST
Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party
More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.
02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST
How Movies Change During Oscar Season
Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.
@ AwardsDaily :
See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.
Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.
02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Arc
@ LouLumenick :
Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.
02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST
At Least Someone Liked It
@ m1keh0gan :
Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding
02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke
“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”
More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.