I just saw several of the new nominated films:
Les Miserables --- Loved it --- and I thought it was much better than some of the critics had said it was.
Lincoln --- Didn't care for it --- but that was just me, I'm not really into Civil War films. (I did recognize the quality of the film, tho.)
Life of Pi --- Very strangely good, and fantastically interesting.
Silver Linings Playbook -- Didn't really want to see it when I read the synopsis, but it was a very enjoyable film. Very quirky!
Beasts of the Southern Wild -- Wow. Didn't see that one coming. You'll either love it or hate it.