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The British Are Coming to Praise 'Lincoln,' Which Tops BAFTA Nominations

The British Are Coming to Praise 'Lincoln,' Which Tops BAFTA NominationsThe British Are Coming to Praise 'Lincoln,' Which Tops BAFTA Nominations

Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led all films with 10 nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday morning in London.

Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" and Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" each received nine, followed by the James Bond movie "Skyfall" with eight, "Argo" with seven and "Anna Karenina" with six.

"Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty" received five nominations each, while "The Master" and "Amour" received four and "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Hobbit" received three.

In the Best Film category, the nominees are "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

While BAFTA nominations are not always the most reliable Oscar predictor, the success of "Lincoln" did reinforce the feeling that Spielberg's historical drama has become the frontrunner this awards season.

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Curiously, though, Spielberg did not receive a nomination for Best Director, and neither did Hooper. Nominees in the category are three directors whose films are up for Best Film -- Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") -- along with Michael Haneke ("Amour") and Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained").

It also came as a mild surprise that "Lincoln" topped all films in nominations, since "Les Miserables" is the kind of British production that often cleans up at BAFTA. Hooper's last film, "The King's Speech," was the only movie to win both the Best Film and the Outstanding British Film awards in the 20 years those two categories have existed.

"Les Miz" was the one film to be nominated in both categories this year. In the Outstanding British Film category, it is competing with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Anna Karenina," "Skyfall" and "Seven Psychopaths."

In the acting categories, "Lincoln" and "The Master" led with three nominations each; Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones were nominated for the former film, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams for the latter.

Films receiving a pair of acting nominations were "Silver Linings Playbook" (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, "Les Miz" (Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway), "Argo" (surprise leading-actor nominee Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin) and "Skyfall" (Javier Bardem and Judi Dench).

Missing from the acting categories were Oscar contenders John Hawkes from "The Sessions," Denzel Washington from "Flight" (which will not be released in the UK until 2013), Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver from "Silver Linings Playbook" and Maggie Smith from "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

The British Are Coming to Praise 'Lincoln,' Which Tops BAFTA NominationsThe British Are Coming to Praise 'Lincoln,' Which Tops BAFTA Nominations

Last year, three of the five BAFTA nominees for Best Film went on to receive Oscar Best Picture nominations, including the film that won both awards, "The Artist."

Since 2000, the BAFTA winner has taken home the Best Picture Oscar seven times, including the last four years in a row. That streak came after a four-year streak in which the winners never matched.

The nominees:

BEST FILM ARGO Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney LES MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh LIFE OF PI Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark LINCOLN Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison   OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM ANNA KARENINA Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker LES MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin SKYFALL Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan   OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) The Imposter DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) McCullin DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) Wild Bill JAMES BOBIN (Director) The Muppets TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine   FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AMOUR Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz HEADHUNTERS Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn THE HUNT Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann RUST AND BONE Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux UNTOUCHABLE Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun   DOCUMENTARY THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn WEST OF MEMPHIS Amy Berg   ANIMATED FILM BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler   DIRECTOR AMOUR Michael Haneke ARGO Ben Affleck DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino LIFE OF PI Ang Lee ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow   ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY AMOUR Michael Haneke DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal   ADAPTED SCREENPLAY ARGO Chris Terrio BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin LIFE OF PI David Magee LINCOLN Tony Kushner SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK David O. Russell   LEADING ACTOR BEN AFFLECK Argo BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master   LEADING ACTRESS EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone   SUPPORTING ACTOR ALAN ARKIN Argo CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln   SUPPORTING ACTRESS AMY ADAMS The Master ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables HELEN HUNT The Sessions JUDI DENCH Skyfall SALLY FIELD Lincoln   ORIGINAL MUSIC ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli ARGO Alexandre Desplat LIFE OF PI Mychael Danna LINCOLN John Williams SKYFALL Thomas Newman   CINEMATOGRAPHY ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski SKYFALL Roger Deakins   EDITING ARGO William Goldenberg DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres SKYFALL Stuart Baird ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg   PRODUCTION DESIGN ANNA KARENINA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer LES MISÉRABLES Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson LIFE OF PI David Gropman, Anna Pinnock LINCOLN Rick Carter, Jim Erickson SKYFALL Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock   COSTUME DESIGN ANNA KARENINA Jacqueline Durran GREAT EXPECTATIONS Beatrix Aruna Pasztor LES MISÉRABLES Paco Delgado LINCOLN Joanna Johnston SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Colleen Atwood   MAKE UP & HAIR ANNA KARENINA Ivana Primorac HITCHCOCK Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater LES MISÉRABLES Lisa Westcott LINCOLN Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou   SOUND DJANGO UNCHAINED Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward LES MISÉRABLES Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst LIFE OF PI Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill SKYFALL Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers   SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White LIFE OF PI Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Nominees TBC PROMETHEUS Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth   SHORT ANIMATION HERE TO FALL Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath I'M FINE THANKS Eamonn O'Neill THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson   SHORT FILM THE CURSE Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries GOOD NIGHT Muriel d'Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir SWIMMER Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw TUMULT Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews THE VOORMAN PROBLEM Mark Gill, Baldwin Li   THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) ELIZABETH OLSEN ANDREA RISEBOROUGH SURAJ SHARMA JUNO TEMPLE ALICIA VIKANDER