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Three Aussies to vie for film s great reward
Three Aussies to vie for film's great reward

One day after being nominated for a British film award, Hugh Jackman completed a shining double last night by being named as a contender for a best actor Oscar.

Jackman, who was nominated for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables, was joined on the nomination list by fellow Australians Jacki Weaver and Naomi Watts.

Watts was named in the best actress category for her portrayal of a tsunami survivor in The Impossible and Weaver was named in the best supporting actress category for Silver Linings Playbook.

Jackman will compete against hot favourite Daniel Day-Lewis for his role as the 16th US president in Lincoln, Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master and Denzel Washington in Flight.

The best actress Oscar will be between Watts, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

The Civil War saga Lincoln led the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honours for Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the nine nominees for best picture were the old-age love story Amour, the Iran hostage thriller Argo, the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild, the slave-revenge narrative Django Unchained, the musical Les Miserables, the shipwreck story Life of Pi, the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle Zero Dark Thirty.

Two-time winner Spielberg earned his seventh directing nomination, and also in the mix are past winner Ang Lee for Life of Pi and past nominee David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.

Supporting actress nominees include Weaver, Field, Amy Adams as a cult leader's devoted wife in The Master, Anne Hathaway as an outcast mother reduced to prostitution in Les Miserables and Helen Hunt as a sex surrogate in The Sessions.

Besides Jones, the supporting actor contenders are Alan Arkin as a wily Hollywood producer in Argo, Robert De Niro as a football-obsessed patriarch in Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a dynamic cult leader in The Master and Christoph Waltz as a genteel bounty hunter in Django Unchained.

The Oscars will be held on February 24.