Surprises and snubs won reactions from shock to "awww" inside the Beverly Hills theater Thursday where the 85th Academy Award nominations were announced live.
It was no surprise that "Lincoln" took the most nominations, with 12, including nods for best picture, best director and best actor.
But gasps escaped the mouths of many audience members every time "Amour" was named as a nominee: It's up for five awards, including both best foreign language film and best motion picture.
The French film was written and directed by Michael Haneke, who was nominated for best director. The movie centers on an elderly retired couple whose love is tested after the wife has a stroke. The film's star, Emanuelle Riva, 85, is the oldest actress to ever receive a nomination for best actress.
"For me, it is an immense gift, at this stage of my life, to be chosen by my sisters and brothers, for what I do as an actress," Riva said. "I never thought, while working throughout the years in Europe and France, that one day, I would cross the Atlantic Ocean, come to the United States, and be nominated. It is quite surreal for me."
Also making history this year is Quvenzhane Wallis for her role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." At just 9 years old, the pint-size star is the youngest actress to ever be nominated in the top acting category, leaving the audience in a collective "awww" as her name was called.
Rounding out the best actress category are Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook," and Naomi Watts in "The Impossible."
"I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning's wonderful news," Watts said. "The journey of telling Maria Belon's miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgment of our film. I am truly honored."
Nine movies will battle it out for the top prize on Feb. 24 when Seth MacFarlane hosts the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Not too surprisingly, those movies include: "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Amour."
A surprise snub is Ben Affleck's lack of a best director nomination for "Argo," a best picture nominee. "Argo" is loosely based on the CIA operation to free six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Twitter was abuzz over the snub, including a spoof profile claiming to be that of nominee Michael Haneke who tweeted to Affleck: "thanx 4 lendin me ur oscar nominayshun 4 best director!!1! i guess daredevil 2 mite happen aftr all lol #teamhaneke."
Kathyrn Bigelow was also skipped over in the best director category for "Zero Dark Thirty."
But one director was celebrating Thursday. Ang Lee's film "Life of Pi" is his most nominated film to date. The film garnered 11 nominations.
"I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that `Life of Pi' has received this morning," Lee said. "So many talented people gave everything they had to this film, both in front of and behind the camera, and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for."
"Lincoln's" accolades also include best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, best supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best supporting actress for Sally Field, as well as best director for Steven Spielberg.
It was also a good year for animated films, which Disney's "Brave" director, Mark Andrews, says is giving live-action films a run for their money.
"I think this idea that animation is just for kids is beginning to fade," Andrews said. "They really have a meaning, an impact and provoke thoughts and can be dramatic. And they're ultimately, at the end of the day, a lot more entertaining than most of the live action films that we get out there and people are starting to clue into that."
"Watch out live-action, you're not the only game in town," Andrews said.
"Brave" is up for best animated feature film along with "Frankenweenie," "ParaNorman," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and "Wreck-It-Ralph."
"Frankenweenie" director Tim Burton said the film was personal for him as it was years in the making. It was originally a short film made in 1984 as an homage - and parody - of the classic "Frankenstein."
"The idea of ... a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years," Burton said. "Stop motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality.
"I've worked with so many incredible artists - animators, cast members, set builders and puppet makers - all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I'm so honored that the academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."
Here's a full list of nominees:
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Life of Pi"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Ang Lee for "Life of Pi"
Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook"
Michael Haneke for "Amour"
Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln"
Best Actor in a Leading role
Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman in "Les Miserables"
Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
Denzel Washington in "Flight"
Best Actress in a Leading role
Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin in "Argo"
Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in "The Master"
Sally Field in "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Animated Feature Film
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
Achievement in Cinematology
Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski for "Lincoln"
Robert Richardson for "Django Unchained"
Roger Deakins for "Skyfall"
Seamus McGarvey for "Anna Karenina"
Achievement in Costume Design
Colleen Atwood for "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Eiko Ishioka for "Mirror Mirror"
Jacqueline Durran for "Anna Karenina"
Joanna Johnston for "Lincoln"
Paco Delgado for "Les Miserables"
Best Documentary Feature
"5 Broken Cameras"
"How to Survive a Plague"
"The Invisible War"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Best Documentary (short subject)
"Mondays at Racine"
Achievement in Film Editing
William Goldenberg for "Argo"
Tim Squyres for "Life of Pi"
Michael Kahn for "Lincoln"
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers for "Silver Linings Playbook"
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg for "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
"A Royal Affair"
Achievment in Makeup and Hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagana and Martin Samuel for "Hitchcock"
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for "Les Miserables"
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat for "Argo"
Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina"
John Williams for "Lincoln"
Mychael Danna for "Life of Pi"
Thomas Newman for "Skyfall"
Best Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted"
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"
"Suddenly" from "Les Miserables"
Achievement in Production Design
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
David Gropman and Anna Pinnock for "Life of Pi"
Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson for "Les Miserables"
Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for "Lincoln"
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for "Anna Karenina"
Best Animated Short Film
"Adam and Dog"
"Head over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'"
Best Live Action Short Film
"Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)"
Achievement in Sound Editing
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn for "Argo"
Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton for "Life of Pi"
Paul N.J. Ottosson for "Zero Dark Thirty"
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for "Skyfall"
Wylie Stateman for "Django Unchained"
Achievement in Sound Mixing
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for "Les Miserables"
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins for "Lincoln"
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia for "Argo"
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin for "Life of Pi"
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson for "Skyfall"
Achievement in Visual Effects
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliot for "Life of Pi"
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson for "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick for "Marvel's The Avengers"
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill for "Prometheus"
Best Adapted Screenplay
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Life of Pi"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Original Screenplay
"Zero Dark Thirty"