Academy Award nominees for Best Picture of 2012: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." / CBS News
Which movie should take home the Oscar this year?
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And the nominees are . . . :
"Amour" - This intimate portrayal of an aged couple grappling with illness and the specter of loss from Austrian director Michael Haneke was a top-prize winner at Cannes and the European Film Awards. The movie stars 85-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva in a stirring, Oscar-nominated performance
"Argo" - Based on the true story, this serio-comic tale of a CIA operative who tries to evacuate Americans trapped in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis by pretending to be a Canadian film crew won Ben Affleck Best Director prizes from the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA and the Golden Globes
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - A prize-winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this tale of magical realism evokes a child's world in the Louisiana bayou, and stars the youngest Best Actress nominee ever: 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis.
"Django Unchained" - A violent and funny tale of bounty hunters and slave owners in the pre-Civil War South, this celebration of spaghetti Westerns and genre movies was directed by Quentin Tarantino, who won the Best Original Screenplay awards from the Golden Globes and BAFTA.
"Les Miserables" - This adaptation of the long-running stage musical of love and vengeance set against a backdrop of 18th century revolutionary France stars Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
"Life of Pi" - Directed by Ang Lee and shot in 3-D, this mystical fable tells of a young shipwreck survivor stranded on a lifeboat with a voracious Bengal tiger.
"Lincoln" - Steven Spielberg's political drama of the 16th president's fight for a constitutional amendment to end slavery features Oscar-nominated performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
"Silver Linings Playbook" - A comedy-drama of a man released from a mental institution, who conspires with a young woman to help him win back his estranged wife, stars a quartet of Oscar nominees: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.
"Zero Dark Thirty" - This gripping and controversial account of the hunt and ultimate killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden stars Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain.
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