Les Miserables, Paranorman and Pirates! fly the flag for British film at the Oscars

The Academy announced the nominations for the 2013 Oscars this morning, with Les Miserables picking up its second Best Film nod in the space of two days, following the film’s BAFTA nomination yesterday.

Tom Hooper’s film is up against eight films in total, with all but one coming from the US. Ben Affleck’s Argo, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln are all nominated, as are David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. They are joined by Austrian drama Amour, directed by Michael Haneke.

The Best Director category threw up something of a surprise, with only two of the five DGA Award nominees making it on to the shortlist (more on the DGA Awards here). In the past five years 21 of the 25 DGA nominees have gone on to receive Oscar nominations, but this year it wasn’t to be, with Hooper (pictured above), Affleck and Bigelow all missing out. Instead, this year’s nominations went to Spielberg, Lee, Haneke, Russell and newcomer Zeitlin.

There was better news for British film in Animation at least, with Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s film Paranorman nominated alongside Peter Lord’s The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists. They will do battle with American films Wreck-it Ralph, by Rich Moore, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and Brave, by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

The Oscars will take place in Los Angeles on February 24th. For a full list of nominees, click here: http://oscar.go.com/nominees.