Wednesday, 9 January 2013

2013 BAFTA NOMINEES: Spielberg’s Lincoln maintains its awards-season dominance with leading 10 nods

BEST IN SHOW: (Clockwise) Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Lincoln and Les Mis.

The race to next month’s Academy Awards just got way more exciting, following Wednesday’s live announcement of nominees for the 2013 BAFTAs (The British Oscars) in London. 

Unsurprisingly, Steven Spielberg’s sprawling historical drama Lincoln, which has been dominating awards lists all season, earned a leading 10 nominations, including nods for Best Film, Leading Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), and Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner). Among the other key nominees are the grand movie-musical Les Misérables, the epic fantasy Life of Pi, the hostage drama Argo and the stalking-Bin-Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty, which collectively round out the top feature-film category. 

I’m a bit disappointed that sensational breakout star Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) was overlooked for a Best Actress nod. Also notably absent: the gripping tsunami drama The Impossible, which features Naomi Watts giving some of the best work of her career. 

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony slated for Sunday, February 10 in England. Below, take a look at the contenders in the key categories: 

BEST FILM: “Argo”; “Les Misérables”; “Life Of Pi”; “Lincoln”; “Zero Dark Thirty” 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: “Anna Karenina”; “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”; “Les Misérables”; “Seven Psychopaths”; “Skyfall” 

OUTSTANDING FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: “Amour”; “Headhunters”; “The Hunt”; “Rust And Bone”; “Untouchable” 

ANIMATED FILM: “Brave”; “Frankenweenie”; “Paranorman” 

DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke – “Amour”; Ben Affleck – “Argo”; Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”; Ang Lee – “Life Of Pi”; Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty” 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Michael Haneke – “Amour”; Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”; Paul Thomas Anderson – “The Master”; Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”; Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty” 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Chris Terrio – “Argo”; Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”; David Magee – “Life Of Pi”; Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”; David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook” 

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”

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