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LONDON — Lincoln leads the pack of nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards, securing 10 nominations on Wednesday.
The honors are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and sponsored by cell phone giant EE.
To win the best film award, Steven Spielberg‘s historical epic will have to garner more BAFTA member votes than Ben Affleck‘s Argo, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty.
This year, the best film and best director categories don’t match up, with Hooper and Spielberg on a best director slot.
Affleck, Lee and Bigelow find themselves in the running for best director. They are up against Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and Michael Haneke for Amour.
With Lincoln leading this year’s nominations with 10, the overall tally saw Les Misérables and Life of Pi secure nine nominations apiece, while Skyfall garnered eight. Argo has seven tilts at prizes, while Anna Karenina has six.
Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty are each nominated five times, while The Master and Amour each have four nominations.
Daniel Day-Lewis is in the running for leading actor for his turn in Lincoln. He is up against Affleck for his outing in Argo, Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Joaquin Phoenix for his outing in The Master.
Fellow Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence finds herself among the candidates for this year’s leading actress nod. Challenging for that crown are Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour).
Ahead of this year’s BAFTA nominations, much of the media was abuzz with the prospects that Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as 007, might secure a best film nomination slot.
While the latest James Bond franchise entry missed out on a best film nomination, the movie did secure a best supporting actor nomination for Javier Bardem and a best supporting actress slot for Judi Dench for her latest turn as Bond boss M.
Skyfall also garnered a slot in the British Academy’s outstanding British film category, one of two categories devoted solely to U.K. projects.
Spain’s Bardem and fellow European Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will have to compete with a field of big-name U.S. talent – Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) and Alan Arkin (Argo).
If Oscar winner Dench – who has won six BAFTA film awards, including a most promising newcomer to film in 1966 for her role in Four In The Morning – wants to emerge victorious on the night for her role in Skyfall, she will have to overcome Amy Adams (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Sally Field (Lincoln).
Meanwhile, Michael Haneke‘s screenplay for his Palme d’Or winner Amour is a contender for the evening’s original screenplay nod. Challenging are Tarantino for Django Unchained, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom, Mark Boal‘s script for Zero Dark Thirty and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s efforts on The Master.
David Magee‘s take on the novel Life of Pi, the book Lee said someone told him was un-filmable before he finalized details to shoot it, is on the best adapted screenplay nomination roster. He is up against David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Chris Terrio (Argo).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Silver Linings Playbook are both nominated three times, with Hitchcock, Rust and Bone, The Imposter and McCullin all picking up a brace of nominations.
The Imposter and McCullin are both nominated in the documentary category and are up against Marley, Searching for Sugarman and West of Memphis.
Notable shutouts in major categories include triple Oscar and double BAFTA winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his current movie The Hobbit and Christopher Nolan with The Dark Knight Rises.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeymissed out on any of the mainstream categories with the film garnering nominations for make up and hair, special visual effects and sound while The Dark Knight Rises picked up a sole special visual effects slot.
And The Impossible, the Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts tsunami family adventure Golden Globe contender was notable for its complete absence from BAFTA’s list.
Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse) and Alice Eve (Men in Black 3) were on hand at BAFTA’s central London headquarters Wednesday morning to announce the nominations for this year’s awards.
The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the British capital.
The awards ceremony will be followed by a swanky official black tie dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. It will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast on BBC America in the U.S. and in the U.K. on BBC1.
Here is the full list of BAFTA nominations:
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
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
BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler
AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow
AMOUR Michael Haneke
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal
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
BEN AFFLECK Argo
BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master
EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour
HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone
ALAN ARKIN Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln
AMY ADAMS The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT The Sessions
JUDI DENCH Skyfall
SALLY FIELD Lincoln
ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli
ARGO Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF PI Mychael Danna
LINCOLN John Williams
SKYFALL Thomas Newman
ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey
LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen
LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda
LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski
SKYFALL Roger Deakins
ARGO William Goldenberg
DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin
LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres
SKYFALL Stuart Baird
ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
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
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
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
HERE TO FALL Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath
I’M FINE THANKS Eamonn O’Neill
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
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)
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