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Skyfall, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty lead Satellite Awards

Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Life of Pi and acclaimed independent hits Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom have also been shortlisted.

Meanwhile, Oscar favourites Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will be among those battling out for the best acting prizes at the 17th annual Satellite Awards gala later this month (16Dec12).

The best supporting actor and actress categories will be a fight between the likes of Amy Adams (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench (both Skyfall) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).

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David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Ben Lewin (The Sessions), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) are up for the Best Director prize.

European Film Awards winner Amour will be up against A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Our Children, Kon-Tiki, Pietra, Beyond The Hills, War Witch and Caesar Must Die for Best International Film, and ParaNorman, Wreck-It-Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Frankenweenie will duke it out for Best Animated Film.

Meanwhile, special awards will be given to Terence Stamp (Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution), Paul Williams (Auteur Award), Bruce Davison (Honorary Satellite Award) and acclaimed Beast of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis (Newcomer Award).

In the Satellite Awards’ TV categories, Kevin Costner’s Hatfields & McCoys, Sherlock, Game Change and Wallander will compete for the Best Miniseries/Motion Picture Made for Television trophy, while Downton Abbey, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland lead the Best Drama category and Girls, The Office, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory lead the Best Comedy list.

The Satellite Awards are handed out annually by the International Press Academy.

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