Achievement in directing
- "Amour" Michael Haneke
- "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin
- "Life of Pi" Ang Lee
- "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg
- "Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell
Steven Spielberg receives the eighth Academy Award nomination of his career for Best Director for his presidential drama Lincoln, along with Michael Haneke for his French-language drama Amour and David O. Russell for his comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook, which starred Bradley Cooper. The full list was completed by 30-year-old Benh Zeitlin, for fantasy drama flick Beasts of the Southern Wild, and as Ang Lee, who directed the adaptation of the bestselling book Life of Pi.