Tied for second place with five nominations each, including best drama, are the Iran hostage-crisis thriller Argo and the slave-turned-bounty-hunter tale Django Unchained.
Nominated for best musical or comedy are: the British retiree adventure The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; the Victor Hugo musical Les Miserables; the first-love tale Moonrise Kingdom; the romance Salmon Fishing In The Yemen; and the lost-soul romance Silver Linings Playbook.
Along with Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's epic, best dramatic actor contenders are Richard Gere as a deceitful Wall Streeter in Arbitrage; John Hawkes as a polio victim trying to lose his virginity in The Sessions; Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy veteran under the sway of a cult leader in The Master; and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight.
Dramatic actress nominees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst hunting Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard as a whale biologist beset by tragedy in Rust And Bone; Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock's strong-minded wife in Hitchcock; Naomi Watts as a woman caught up in a devastating tsunami in The Impossible; and Rachel Weisz as a woman ruined by an affair in The Deep Blue Sea.
For musical or comedy actress, the line-up is Emily Blunt as a consultant for a Middle East sheikh in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen; Judi Dench as a widow who retires overseas in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Jennifer Lawrence as young widow in a new romance in Silver Linings Playbook; Maggie Smith as an ageing singer in a retirement home in Quartet; and Meryl Streep as a wife trying to save her marriage in Hope Springs.
Nominees for musical or comedy actor are Jack Black as a mortician in Bernie; Bradley Cooper as a troubled man fresh out of a mental hospital in Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman as Hugo's long-suffering hero Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Ewan McGregor as a British fisheries expert in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen; and Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park On Hudson.
The directing line-up came entirely from dramatic films, with Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg and Tarantino all in the running. Filmmakers behind best musical or comedy nominees were shut out for director, including Tom Hooper for Les Miserables and David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.