Adele has scored her biggest career high yet, after being nominated for an Academy Award. The songstress, who has been put forward in the Best Original Song category for her 007 theme tune Skyfall, joins a handful of other Brits on the path to Oscar glory in 2013.
After congratulations flooding in over Twitter, the 24-year-old thanked her fans. "Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x," she wrote.
Joining her is Daniel Day-Lewis, up for Best Actor thanks to his performance in the title role of Lincoln - the US president who steered his country through the civil war. He is up against Denzel Washington – leading man from Flight, Les Miserables' Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, put forward for his part in Silver Linings and Joaquin Phoenix, who stars in The Master.
Naomi Watts, who was born in Kent but moved to Australia when she was 14, has made the Best Actress shortlist for her role as a Tsunami survivor in The Impossible. She must see off competition from Jessica Chastain, star of Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook's leading lady, Amour's Emmanuelle Riva and this year's youngest nominee, nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
For weeks, Hollywood and the world have waited with baited breath to see which actors and films would be put forward for film's most coveted prizes.
On Thursday, that wait came to an end as Oscars host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced 2013's nominees from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
Home grown film Les Miserables, directed by British The King's Speech filmmaker Tom Hooper, was nominated in the coveted Best Picture category - along with Life of Pi , Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Amour, Argo, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The big screen musical adaption fared well with eight nominations in total. These included a Best Supporting Actress nod for Anne Hathaway for her moving portrayal of Fantine. Anne must see off competition from Sally Field, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt and Amy Adams.
Sweeping the board was Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, picking up 12 nominations in total. The presidential biopic was closely followed by Life of Pi, with 11. Receiving a notable seven nods, meanwhile, was Argo, while new Bond film Skyfall got five in total.
The big prizes will be announced on Feb. 24, 2013. In the meantime, Oscar hopefuls can look forward to the Golden Globes, which take place on Sunday January 13. The ceremony often serves as a litmus test for who goes on to achieve an Academy Award.
85th Academy Awards® Nominations
- Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln
- Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
- Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
- Denzel Washington - Flight
- Naomi Watts - The Impossible
- Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
- Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Alan Arkin - Argo
- Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
- Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
- Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
- Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Amy Adams - The Master
- Sally Field - Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt- The Sessions
- Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Les Miserables
- Django Unchained
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Michael Haneke - Amour
- Benh Zeitlin- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Ang Lee - Life of Pi
- Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
- David O.Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
- Skyfall - Adele Adkins
- Before My Time- J. Ralph
- Everybody Needs A Best Friend - Seth MacFarlane
- Pi's Lullaby - Bombay Jayashri
- Suddenly - Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
BEST FOREIGN FILM
- No - Chile
- Amour - Austria
- Kon Tiki - Norway
- A Royal Affair - Denmark
- War Witch - Canada