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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln dominated the BAFTA nominations, which was expected, but the British Academy continues to surprise, shutting out British films and nominating a surprising group of directors.
As HitFix notes, Lincoln earned 10 nominations, with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables coming in second with nine nominations each. Both films were nominated in the Best Film category, as were Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.
Despite all the nominations for both Lincoln and Les Miserables, neither film’s directors were nominated for best director. Nominations instead went to Lee, Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ben Affleck (Argo), Michael Haneke (Amour) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained).
Skyfall, which is now the highest-grossing film of all time in the U.K., earned eight nominations, but those didn’t come in the best film or best director categories. However, it did get a best British film nomination. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was also surprisingly shut out, only earning a nod for best British film. The other best British film nominees include Seven Psychopaths, Les Miserables and Anna Karenina.
The Guardian notes that British independent cinema was a big loser this year, although Tina Gharavi's I Am Nasrine was a dark horse candidate that earned an outstanding debut nomination.
The best actor nominees are Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln); Ben Affleck (Argo); Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook); Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables). Best actress nominees are Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty); Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone); Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook); Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour).
The awards are announced on Feb. 10, notes The Telegraph.