Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:31:09 GMT | By Francis Whittaker, Sarah Hecks and Tom Oakey
85th Academy Awards Nominations Announced

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Best actress nominations (© Wire Image / Rex Features)
  • Emma Stone and Seth McFarlane (© Getty Images)
  • Best motion picture nominations (© Rex Features /
  • Best actor nominations (© Rex Features / Reuters)
  • Best actor nominations (© Rex Features)
  • Best supporting actor nominations (© Rex Features)
  • Best actress nominations (© Wire Image / Rex Features)
  • Best supporting actress nominations (© Wire Image / Rex Features / Getty Images)
  • Best Foreign Flim nominations (© Rex Features / / Weinstein Company / Nordisk Film)
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  • Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
  • Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
  • Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"

This year’s Best Actress field is a real piece of Oscar history, in that it features both the category’s oldest and youngest nominees ever. 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis gets a nod for her inspiring turn in Beasts of the Southern Wild (a role she auditioned for when she was just 5), while French veteran Emmanuelle Riva, who is nominated for Amour, becomes the oldest nominee ever at the age of 85. The pair face a tough task in their bid to take the Oscar, however, with Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain, Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence and The Impossible’s Naomi Watts all up against them.