Baftas: Lincoln leads but Spielberg snubbed

 

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US civil war drama, Lincoln has led this year's Baftas with 10 nominations including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Day-Lewis's co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field have been shortlisted for best supporting actor and actress.

However, the film's award-winning director Steven Spielberg missed out in the best director category.

Musical adaptation Les Miserables and Ang Lee's Life of Pi have both received nine nominations.

Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba at the announcement, film critic Mark Kermode said: "As far as Lincoln was concerned, all the attention was on Daniel Day-Lewis.

"Whatever anybody thinks about the film - and the critics have been somewhat divided, everybody thought his performance was captivating and completely believable."

Bafta awards: Main nominees

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Lincoln - 10

Les Miserables - 9

Life Of Pi - 9

Skyfall (pictured) - 8

Argo - 7

Anna Karenina - 6

Read the full list of nominees

Best of British

Following closely behind the leaders pack was Bond film Skyfall with eight nominations, including best British film and best supporting actor and actress for Javier Bardem and Judi Dench.

It will battle it out with four other titles to be named outstanding British film at the awards ceremony on 10 February.

They were The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, and Seven Psychopaths.

The nominations were announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine at the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts headquarters in London on Wednesday.

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have been recognised in the lead actor and supporting actress categories in Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

Political thriller Argo has received seven nominations with Ben Affleck in the running for best director and best actor.

Other American movies to feature in the shortlist for this year's Bafta awards were Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master which received four nominations, and Zero Dark Thirty with five nominations, including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow - who became the first woman to win the Oscar for directing with 2008's The Hurt Locker - said she was "immensely grateful" for her latest accolade.

"When you're making a film you have no idea how it will be received, and I can assure you it is overwhelming to receive news like this," she added.

Silver Linings Playbook garnered nods for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the best actress and best actor categories. The romantic comedy-drama has also been nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for best actress for her role as Alfred Hitchcock's wife in Hitchcock.

"This was a wonderful role," said Mirren, adding: "Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock's wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her."

Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine announce the nominees

Craig misses out

There were some notable exclusions in this year's shortlist.

While Les Miserables was the only British film to feature in both the best film and best British film categories, its Oscar-winning director, Tom Hooper, missed out on a director's nod while another British Oscar-winner, Sam Mendes, was also left out of the same category for Skyfall.

Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, which produced Les Miserables, said Hooper may be upset he was left off the roll for best director "on a personal level".

"But on a professional level he'll realise he's made a film that's got nine nominations and as far as we're concerned, the director is the heart and centre of all the films that we make and it's just not possible to get nine nominations without great directorial input."

He added: "The great news is that yesterday, Tom Hooper got a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination, which is really prestigious."

James Bond star Daniel Craig, who was nominated for his role as the suave spy in the film Casino Royale, also missed out in the acting category.

Though the film is in the running for best British film, it means the Bond series is still looking for its first ever nomination for best film.

Anna Karenina, based on the original Tolstoy novel and directed by Joe Wright, received a total of six nominations, including best British film. It is also in the running for best original music, and best cinematography.

There were just three technical nominations for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

'Double take'

Searching for Sugar Man, the true story of the 1970s rocker Rodriguez is up against The Imposter, about the 1997 case of the French confidence man Frederic Bourdin for best documentary.

Also in the category were McCullin, West of Memphis and Marley.

Emmanuelle Riva Emmanuelle Riva is up for best actress for her role as Anne in Amour

Director of The Imposter, Bart Layton, who was nominated for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, said he did a "double take" when the nominations were announced.

"I think this is one of the strongest years for documentaries that I can remember across the board, so the fact that we made it into that final group [is amazing].

"It is a documentary, but it should be up there competing with non-documentaries. The fact it's been acknowledged in that context is testament to that being successful," he said.

Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winner, Amour, about an octogenarian couple coping with illness received four nominations, with Emmanuelle Riva, 85, announced as in the running for best actress and Haneke up for best director.

Completing the line up for best director was Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, which received a total of five nominations, including best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz.

The nominees for this year's Bafta rising star award were announced on Monday with four out of the five contenders female.

Juno Temple, Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Olsen, Alicia Vikander and Life of Pi actor Suraj Sharma have all been tipped as the future stars of cinema.

Previous winners include James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy.

It is the only accolade at the annual awards ceremony to be voted for by the public.

The winners of the 2013 Bafta film awards will be announced at a ceremony which takes place for the seventh year running at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, hosted by Stephen Fry.

 

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    Comment number 23.

    I'm being cynical here, but is the list of films considered here based on the amount of revenue that BAFTA receive from the production companies?

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    Comment number 22.

    I wouldn't take awards and critics lists too seriously, they have been proven wrong on plenty of occasions. The critics slated Halloween in 1978 and it went on to become one of the highest grossing independent films of all time. The list of films and music that has been looked down upon by critics is long and full of things that struck a chord with the general public.

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    Comment number 21.

    18.anonymous
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    @ frankiecrisp,

    The Academy members are sent screener copies of the DVD.


    Its a con then? you could win with a film that may never get released in this country

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    Comment number 20.

    @10. by "modern mainstream values are not being violated" I guess you purport to the fact that Lincoln believed blacks were inferior to whites. I haven't seen the film but @7 clearly has. Can he/she tell us if the film mentions Lincoln's views on repratriation. And in the interests of authenticity is the "N" word used a lot?

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    Comment number 19.

    Every year for there are excellent popular movies which are snubbed. Someone should create a website listing them from the last 20 years - the pop-chart equivalent of 'the best pop records from the last 20 yrs never to make it to no.1'. I want my kids to watch great movies from 20 yrs ago but simply because they didn't win any major awards I'll probably never even know that they exist. Shame.

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    Comment number 18.

    @ frankiecrisp,

    The Academy members are sent screener copies of the DVD.

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    Comment number 17.

    Skyfall should absolutely walk away with the awards, it was amazing!

    Lincoln hasn't even been released yet here in the UK, so why on earth is it even nominated in the UK film industries awards for 2012?

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    Comment number 16.

    I realise these are BAFTA's awards, given by BAFTA, but it doesn't seem right that the public get to vote on only one category. Surely the mob should get a say in best film - or audiesnce figures should be taken into account. Because the best film should be the one most people enjoyed. Surely?

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    Comment number 15.

    9. Little Plum

    Don't feel sorry for them. The US stars have the Oscars and Golden Globes where international stars don't get a look in. The Baftas are called the BRITISH Academy Film Awards for a reason you know...

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    Comment number 14.

    Who cares??

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    Comment number 13.

    They should just give all the awards to Skyfall. It was brilliant from start to finish!

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    Comment number 12.

    Surely American films should be eligible only in the 'foreign' film section.

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    Comment number 11.

    People keep saying Lincoln is a great film , how do they know when its not even been released yet.

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    Comment number 10.

    In principle, I do not favour movies "based on historical characters".
    Because "basing on history" usually involves A LOT OF contortion, exclusion, and sexing-up so that the modern mainstream values are not violated and the dumb watchers are entertained.

    Daniel Day Lewis is an extraordinary actor. I wish he didn't act in Lincoln.

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    Comment number 9.

    The Baftas remain an embarrassment as year on year the awards are given away to British actors and actresses and film makers, whilst the big American stars sit in the audience wondering why they bothered to fly over here. It's cringeworthy.

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    Comment number 8.

    It baffles me that so many amazing independent films released this year are being 'snubbed' for hollywood blockbusters. You can't possibly tell me that Lincoln could receive 10 Baftas while the thousands of other films released this year will win none. Yes, Lincoln is a great film but by no means is it the best of the year. The Baftas used to be more progressive than the Oscars; what happened?

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    Comment number 7.

    Amour is the best film of the last 10 years. Hopefully it will do well at the Oscars too.

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    Comment number 6.

    If Ben Affleck wins the best actor award I will shoot my left foot.

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    Comment number 5.

    Can someone tell me what the attraction of life of pi is? Critics have been bleating over it and it's been more heavily advertised than any other movie in years.

    Yet the trailers make me want to run away! I'd not pay to see it, or even see it for free. Looks like a right load of old tripe!

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    Comment number 4.

    All these films except Skyfall were mediocre at best. Film critics are completely out of touch with audiences, as illustrated by the huge inconsistency between popular films and ones that get good reviews.

    If you look at another entertainment form such as computer games this inconsistency doesn't exist, review scores match well with popularity.

 

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