Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who will host the Feb. 24 Oscars, joined Emma Stone to announce the Oscar lineup, and he scored a nomination himself, original song for Everybody Needs a Best Friend, the tune he co-wrote for his big-screen directing debut Ted.
That's kind of cool I got nominated, MacFarlane deadpanned at the announcement. I get to go to the Oscars.
Lincoln is Spielberg's best awards prospect since his critical peak in the 1990s, when he won best-picture and directing Oscars for Schindler's List and a second directing Oscar for Saving Private Ryan. The 12 nominations for Lincoln matched Spielberg's personal best on Schindler's List, which won seven Oscars.
Spielberg's latest film could vault him, Day-Lewis and Field to new heights among Hollywood's super-elite of multiple Oscar winners.
A best-picture win for Lincoln would be Spielberg's second, while another directing win would be his third, a feat achieved only by Frank Capra and William Wyler, who each earned three directing Oscars, and John Ford, who received four.
Lincoln also was the ninth best-picture nominee Spielberg has directed, moving him into a tie for second-place with Ford. Only Wyler directed more best-picture nominees, with 13.
Day-Lewis and Field both have two lead-acting Oscars already, he for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood and she for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart. A third Oscar for either would put them in rare company with previous triple winners Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Katharine Hepburn is the record-holder with four acting Oscars.
An Oscar for Jones would be his second supporting-actor prize; he previously won for The Fugitive.
Lincoln composer John Williams whose five Oscars include three for the music of three earlier Spielberg films, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-terrestrial and Schindler's List earned his 43rd nomination for best score, extending his all-time record in the category.
The Oscars feature a best-picture field that ranges from five to 10 films depending on a complex formula of ballots from the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Winners for the 85th Oscars will be announced Feb. 24 at a ceremony aired live on ABC from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.