"Lincoln" which is directed by Steven Spielberg topped all nominations, walking away with 12, including best picture. The movie is about the sixteenth president and his battle to end slavery.
It is well-known that Steven Spielberg is one of the world's most accomplished directors in Hollywood. He has had many previous directing nominations including wins for "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List". The nomination marks a return to his dominance as a filmmaker. In the last decade the director has received a little more than respect for his work at the annual awards.
In addition to the best picture and best director nominations, the film also earned nods for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner).
The 85th Academy Awards are scheduled for February 24 on ABC. The show will air from the Dolby Theatre -- formerly known as the Kodak Theatre -- in Los Angeles.