BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - ("Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's drama of the 16th president's fight to eradicate slavery, leads the race for this year's Academy Awards, with 12 nominations, including Best Picture.

Joining "Lincoln" for among Best Picture nominees are: "Argo," in which a CIA operative tries to evacuate Americans trapped in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis by pretending to be a film crew, based on a true story; "Les Miserables," an adaptation of the stage musical of love and vengeance in France against a backdrop of revolution; and "Zero Dark Thirty," an account of the hunt and ultimate killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden.

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