Political films rake in Oscar nominations

"Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln" — two political films that have drawn attention on Capitol Hill — were nominated for multiple Academy Awards on Thursday morning.

Both films were nominated for Best Picture, the most prestigious prize of the night.

Mark Boal was nominated for his script for "Zero Dark Thirty," which has drawn intense scrutiny and denunciations from lawmakers.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), the former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has questioned whether the filmmakers received classified information, which the CIA has denied, and criticized the movie's depictions of torture.

Additionally, several senators are concerned that the CIA gave Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow information that suggested “coercive interrogation techniques” played a role in tracking down Osama bin Laden.

Boal and Bigelow, during the film's Washington premiere on Tuesday night, dodged questions about the torture scenes in the movie and declined to say what kind of information they received from government agencies.

Bigelow, who won an Oscar for directing "The Hurt Locker," was not nominated for Best Director again this year. Jessica Chastain, who plays a CIA official in the movie, received a nomination for Best Actress.

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who visited Capitol Hill and the White House to promote "Lincoln," was nominated for Best Actor for his role as the nation's 16th president. Director Steven Spielberg was nominated for Best Director.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brought Day-Lewis and Spielberg to Capitol Hill during December's debt talks to show their film to the Senate. Reid is a huge fan of the movie and has seen it multiple times. President Obama also hosted a screening at the White House, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took several members to see it.

Sally Field was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Mary Lincoln. Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Republican congressman Thaddeus Stevens.

Also nominated for Best Picture was "Argo," a film about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Director Ben Affleck — who recently declined to run for the Massachusetts Senate seat John Kerry is vacating — was not nominated for Best Director.

The full list of Oscar nominations can be read here

Winners will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 24.