The 2013 Oscar award nominees: Best Picture

Amour

Director: Michael Haneke

Writer: Michael Haneke (screenplay)

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert

With their only daughter living thousands of miles away, a retired, elderly couple's relationship is severely tested when Georges's wife, Anne has an attack.

Argo

Director: Ben Affleck

Writer: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Joshuah Bearman (article)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman

Based on the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation, six American diplomatic personnel fugitives are attempted to be extracted by the authorities out of Iran.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Writer: Lucy Alibar (screenplay, stage play "Juicy and Delicious") and Benh Zeitlin (screenplay)

Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly

Six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love when her temperamental father falls ill, and her bayou community is threatened with the unleashing of ancient aurochs. 

Django Unchained

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio

A bounty hunter sets out to recover his wife from a Mississippi plantation with the help of his mentor.

Les Miserables

Director: Tom Hooper

Screenwriter: William Nicholson

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway

In this musical adaptation set in 19th century France, fugitive Jean Valjean takes responsibility for a factory workers daughter. A decision that changes their lives forever.

Life of Pi

Writer: David Magee (screenplay), Yann Martel (novel)

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain 

After surviving getting lost at sea, Pi is taken on an epic journey of adventure and discovery and forms a bond with a Bengal tiger.

Lincoln

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book) (in part)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn

Based during the Civil War, the film offers a first-hand insight into the tough decisions and troubles that US President Abraham Lincoln had to face.

Silver Linings Playbook

Director: David O. Russell

Writer: David O. Russell

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro 

After struggling with anger and mental health issues, a former teacher moves back home with his parents. Things get more complicated when he meets Tiffany, a woman with troubles of her own.

Zero Dark Thirty

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal (screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt 

Based on the hunt for al-Queda terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden, the film documents the ten year journey taken and the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6's victory.

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