01/10/2013 08:49 am ET Updated Jan 11, 2013

Best Picture Nominees 2013: 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo,' 'Lincoln' Among Nominees

Oscar nominations were announced early Thursday morning, with Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone doing the honors. "Lincoln," "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Amour," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life of Pi" are the Best Picture nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards.

"Lincoln" (unsurprisingly) tells the tale of President Abraham Lincoln's attempt to end slavery. Steven Spielberg directed and Daniel Day-Lewis starred in the title role.

Ben Affleck directed and starred in "Argo," a tense historical thriller about the CIA's rescue of American embassy workers during the Iranian hostage crisis.

Tom Hooper's take on "Les Miserables" brought Victor Hugo's depressing musical to the big screen with more than a little help from stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal's controversial docu-drama on the hunt for Osama bin Laden. A number of anti-torture senators have vowed to investigate the film, which they say inappropriately positions enhanced interrogation techniques as pivotal to the successful capture and killing of the terrorist. (Bigelow and Boal maintain that they had no agenda when creating the movie.)

Come Feb. 24, the night of the awards broadcast, host MacFarlane and a merry band of presenters will hand out hardware to those who collected the most votes from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a group made up of working professionals in cinema. More information on the voting process is available at the Academy's website. The Golden Globes -- which take place Sunday -- are not voted on by members of the industry, 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

That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

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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

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02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST

Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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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.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

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.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified a cast member of "Les Miserables."