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Oscar nominations to be unveiled Thursday

Hollywood’s award season is in full swing with the Academy Award nominations set to be released on Thursday morning and the winners of the Golden Globes to be unveiled on Sunday.

Across the pond, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) revealed their nominations on Wednesday, with many of the same films likely up for all three awards.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been nominated at both the BAFTAs and the Globes, pulling in 10 BAFTA nominations – but Spielberg himself wasn’t nominated.

The film, which details U.S. president Abraham Lincoln’s battle to end slavery, is a likely Oscar contender. Star Daniel Day-Lewis is no stranger to the Academy:  he’s won the award for best actor twice. The first was for his role as Christy Brown in My Left Foot and later as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.

Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables is also up for both BAFTA and Golden Globe hardware and actor Anne Hathaway – who plays Fantine – is widely seen as a likely Oscar nominee, as is her co-star Hugh Jackman.

Silver Linings Playbook, which follows actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as they cope with mental illness, could bring Oscar nominations for the pair. Lawrence was previously nominated for her role in Winter’s Bone, while Cooper has never been nominated for an Oscar.

Cooper was nominated for a Golden Globe for Silver Linings Playbook. The movie was already named the American Film Institute’s movie of the year and best picture at the Golden Globes. It was not nominated for a BAFTA.

Other likely contenders in the Oscar race are Ang Lee’s Life of Pi; Amour, a French film that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Ben Affleck’s Argo; the controversial Django Unchained from Quentin Tarantino; Kathryn Bigelow’s CIA film Zero Dark Thirty; Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master; and French director  Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone.

But if the films (and actors, directors and costumers) miss out on the Oscar glitz, there’s plenty of other opportunities to take home a trophy: The People’s Choice Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, the Critic’s Choice Awards is Thursday, the Producer’s Guild of America is Jan. 26 and the Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Feb. 23.