It's looking like another great year for comedies at the Oscars, with 'Lincoln' - the hilarious tale of one man emancipating the slaves while wearing a comedy beard - leading the 2013 Academy Award nominations.

'Lincoln' star and Hollywood's leading funny man, Daniel Day-Lewis, is up against fellow gag-merchants like Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix in the Best Actor category.

The Best Actress nominees, meanwhile, include the always-hilarious Naomi Watts and rising comedy star Jessica Chastain, who plays a put-upon CIA officer in the caper movie 'Zero Dark Thirty: The Hilarious True Story Of How It Took So Long To Find Bin Laden'.

And while a comedy is normally a shoo-in to win Best Picture - at least one has won in the past 50 years - this is the first year that all nine nominees are laugh-a-minute funnyfests. As well as 'Lincoln' and 'Zero Dark Thirty', they include slapstick comedy 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', French romcom 'Amour', and the musical farce 'Les Miserables'.

'Skyfall', the James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as the hapless eponymous spy, sadly failed to receive nominations in any of the major categories - although it has been nominated for Best Song, due to its comedic rhyming of "skyfall" with "crumble".

As usual, the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories are dominated by performers offering dark relief in otherwise comedic movies.

"As in all the previous years, it's great to see comedies being recognised at the Academy Awards," said nominations host and acclaimed dramatist Seth MacFarlane, shortly before going on to make a lame joke about Hitler.

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  • Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

    Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo)

  • Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

    Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo)

  • Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

    Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Best Director on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo)

  • Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

    Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Supporting Actor on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    The Oscar nominees for Best Picture are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Steven Spielberg is hoping for good news Thursday as Oscar nominees are unveiled, with his 'Lincoln' among frontrunners, albeit in a wide field as Hollywood's awards season enters the home straight. The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were held at at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, in California for the famous golden statuettes, to be handed out on February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Steven Spielberg is hoping for good news Thursday as Oscar nominees are unveiled, with his 'Lincoln' among frontrunners, albeit in a wide field as Hollywood's awards season enters the home straight. The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were held at at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, in California for the famous golden statuettes, to be handed out on February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Oscar nominees for Best Actress are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theartre on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees for Best Director at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • US-ENTERTAINMENT-OSCAR-NOMINATIONS

    The Oscar nominees for Best Supporting Actress are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Steven Spielberg is hoping for good news Thursday as Oscar nominees are unveiled, with his 'Lincoln' among frontrunners, albeit in a wide field as Hollywood's awards season enters the home straight. The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were held at at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, in California for the famous golden statuettes, to be handed out on February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ENTERTAINMENT-OSCAR-NOMINATIONS

    The nominees for Best Supporting Actors are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Steven Spielberg is hoping for good news Thursday as Oscar nominees are unveiled, with his 'Lincoln' among frontrunners, albeit in a wide field as Hollywood's awards season enters the home straight. The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were held at at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, in California for the famous golden statuettes, to be handed out on February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ENTERTAINMENT-OSCAR-NOMINATIONS

    The Oscar nominees for Best Actor are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Steven Spielberg is hoping for good news Thursday as Oscar nominees are unveiled, with his 'Lincoln' among frontrunners, albeit in a wide field as Hollywood's awards season enters the home straight. The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were held at at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, in California for the famous golden statuettes, to be handed out on February 24. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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