Adele feels ‘like Meryl Streep’ after Oscar nomination for Bond theme ‘Skyfall’

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' leads the charge for the 2013 awards

This year’s Oscars nominations have been announced in a live online broadcast, prompting plenty of discussion on Twitter.

Steven Spielberg‘s biopic Lincoln leads the way with a whopping 12 nominations, including one for star Daniel Day-Lewis, who is the strong favourite to win his third Best Actor prize.

Ang Lee’s fantasy film Life Of Pi is right behind with 11 nominations. Musical movie Les Misérables and Quentin Tarantino’s Western film Django Unchained also feature in multiple categories, including Best Picture.

Meanwhile, Adele will compete for the Best Original Song gong after receiving a nomination for her Bond theme ‘Skyfall’. The singer celebrated the news with her first tweet since December 13, posting:

Skyfall misses out on a Best Picture nod, but several relatively unknown films are recognised in key categories, leading to some unexpected Twitter trends. Beasts Of The Southern Wild, an indie flick made for just $1.8m (£1.1m), is now trending after picking up four nominations including one for Best Picture. The film’s star Quvenzhané Wallis is also trending despite having a seemingly difficult-to-spell name. At just nine years old, she is the youngest ever nominee for the Best Actress prize.

In an interesting quirk, she will compete against the oldest ever nominee for the prize. Veteran Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Riva, 85, receives a Best Actress nomination for her performance in little-known French film Amour, which has also become a Twitter trend.

Meanwhile, #Best Director is trending on Twitter too after the Academy unveiled a surprising shortlist for that award. Spielberg and Lee are both nominated, but Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Les Misérables director Tom Hooper and Zero Dark Thirty helmer Kathryn Bigelow all get snubbed.

As expected, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro all receive acting nominations, but a trio of British Dames – Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith – miss out after being considered contenders.

This year’s key Oscar nominations are as follows:

Best Picture
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

Best Director
Michael Haneke – Amour
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
David O Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – Argo
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook