'Lincoln,' 'Life of Pi,' top Oscar nominations

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The Academy Awards are a lively, high-spirited event, but many of the films nominated Thursday morning feature grim topics. From the waterboarding of “Zero Dark Thirty” to the desperation and revolution of “Les Miserables,” movies this time around were rewarded for tackling dark subject matter with skill. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” led all comers with 12 nominations, with Ang Lee’s ”Life of Pi” next with 11.

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