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‘Lincoln’ Tops BAFTA Nominations Despite Spielberg Snub

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their nominations for the 2013 British Academy Film Awards today and “Lincoln” led the way with an impressive 10 nominations despite the fact that Oscar frontrunner Steven Spielberg was surprisingly snubbed in the Best Director category.

Spielberg wasn’t alone, as “Les Misérables” came in second with nine total nominations while director Tom Hooper was also left off the list for Best Director. Instead, that category will be contested by Michael Haneke (“Amour”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

Both “Lincoln” and “Les Misérables” were nominated in the Best Film category, along with “Argo,” “Life of Pi” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

The surprises weren’t confined to the Best Director race, though. For instance, Affleck also received a nomination in the Leading Actor category, as did “Les Misérables” lead Hugh Jackman and “The Master” star Joaquin Phoenix, all of whom have been left off of most award season ballots to date. And the James Bond blockbuster “Skyfall” landed nominations not just for Javier Bardem’s highly touted performance in the Supporting Actor category, but also for Judi Dench for Supporting Actress.

For the most part, though, the acting categories delivered on expectations. Presumed favorite Daniel Day-Lewis, for instance, earned a nomination for Leading Actor, while “Zero Dark Thirty’s” Jessica Chastain and “Silver Linings Playbook”‘s Jennifer Lawrence were joined by “Amour”‘s Emmanuelle Riva for Leading Actress. And in the supporting categories, “Argo’s” Alan Arkin, “Les Misérables’” Anne Hathaway and “Lincoln’s” Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field all received nominations.

The 2013 BAFTAs are scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 10. A full list of nominees can be found on their official website, but here’s a look at the major categories:

Best Picture
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best British Film
“Anna Karenina”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Seven Psychopaths”
“Skyfall”

Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Actor
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Judi Dench, “Skyfall”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Best Original Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David Magee, “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Foreign Film
“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

Best 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

Best Animation
“Brave” Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
“Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
“ParaNorman” Sam Fell, Chris Butler

Best Cinematography
Danny Cohen, “Les Miserables”
Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”
Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”
Seamus McGarvey, “Anna Karenina”
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”


Categories: Awards

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