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Secret Sauces: Behind "Lincoln" And 13 Other Oscar Contenders

"Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" were among this year’s Best Pic nominees. Read about the making of these and other nominated films here.

  • <p><a href="" target="_self">The Look Of “Lincoln”: Portrait of the President As A Vulnerable Man.</a> Insight from Oscar nominee Joanna Johnston.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">How A New Orleans Collective Made The Summer’s Critical Smash, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Ang Lee On the Filmmaking Journey Of “Life of Pi”</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Tom Hooper On How He Made His Dream of Les Misérables Come to Life</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Some Frank Talk About The Sessions</a> with Helen Hunt, nominated for Best Supporting Actress.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">When The CEO Is the Creative Lead: Travis Knight’s “ParaNorman” Experience.</a> The film is nominated for Best Animated Feature.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">The Technical Triumph and Torment of ParaNorman’s 3-D-Printing-Driven Animation Process</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">How to Grow While Staying Insanely Creative, The Aardman Way.</a> Aardman’s <em>Pirates! Band of Misfits</em> is nominated for Best Animated Feature.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Fail Better: Anna Karenina Director Joe Wright On Fearlessness in Moviemaking.</a> Wright’s <em>Anna Karenina</em> is nominated for Cinematography.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">See How Anthony Hopkins Was Transformed Into Alfred Hitchcock.</a> The film is nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">A Top Director Takes a New Look At Somalia With Tribeca Short, “Asad,”</a> nominated for Best Live Action Short.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Chasing Ice--And Audience Action: How Top Docs Galvanize Causes Online.</a> <em>How To Survive A Plague</em> and <em>The Invisible War</em> were nominated for Best Docs. <em>Chasing Ice</em> was nominated for Best Song.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Will “The Hobbit” Start a 48 FPS Movie Revolution?</a> <em>The Hobbit</em> is nominated for VFX, Production Design, and Makeup and Hair.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Sam Mendes On Remaking Bond In “Skyfall,”</a> nominated for Cinematography, Score, Song, and sound categories.</p>

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln topped the Academy Award nominations, announced today. The film received 12 citations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner), Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), and Best Costume Design (Joanna Johnston).

Rounding out the Best Picture nominations: Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino, Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper, Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell and Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Best Director nominations also went to Haneke, Zeitlin, Lee, and Russell.

For a look inside these and other nominated films and insights from the creative players that made them sing, see the slide show above.