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BAFTAs 2013: Lincoln leads nominations

Lincoln

Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg’s Lincoln leads this year’s BAFTA nominations with a total of 10 nods.

The historical epic is in the running for best film, best actor (for Daniel Day-Lewis) and best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and actress (Sally Field). Ironically, Spielberg himself failed to make the shortlist for best director.

Following closely behind in terms of nominations are Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, both of which received nine.

And James Bond movie Skyfall, which received eight, including best supporting actor for Javier Bardem’s villain and best British film.

Skyfall is pitted against Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and Seven Psychopaths in the outstanding British film category.

But of those nominees, Les Mis was the only one to appear in both the outstanding British film and best film categories, where in the latter it is up against Argo, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.

Les Mis also scored nods for Anne Hathaway as best actress and Hugh Jackman for best actor.

Ben Affleck’s Argo achieved seven nominations, including best film and director, while Alan Arkin in shortlisted for best supporting actor.

Overall, there were few genuine surprises among the main contenders despite some notable absentees.

Spielberg and Hooper failed to make the best director shortlist despite seeing their films secure the most nominations, meaning that Michael Haneke (Amour), Affleck (Argo), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) will contest that category.

But the leading actor category was largely predictable, with Day-Lews an obvious favourite. He’s joined on the shortlist by Affleck (Argo), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Jackman (for Les Mis√©rables) and Joaquin Phoenix (for The Master).

The leading actress category, meanwhile, is between Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone).

The 2013 British Academy Film Award nominations were announced on Wednesday morning at 7.30am and the winners will be declared on February 10 at the Royal Opera House in London.

Full list of nominees