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article imageBAFTAs love 'Lincoln' but leave out Spielberg

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 9, 2013 in Entertainment
London - They are often called the British Academy Awards. They are the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - or BAFTA. They have entered the discussion as they offer up their best today (Jan. 9).
It turns out, those across the pond, love "Lincoln" as they awarded it with the most nominations with 10, but director Steven Spielberg was left out. Odd? Sure, but it only adds a twist that seems to be shaping up as a year when a highly-acclaimed drama will be pitted up against a stellar musical.
The announcement was made by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine. A couple of takeaways from the nominations are the addition of supporting actress for Judi Dench in "Skyfall," to go along with the supporting actor nod for Javier Bardem, in the same film. When one looks at that overlooked director nod for Spielberg, it seems as if he was replaced by Quentin Tarantino, who was snubbed by the directors yesterday (Jan. 8). If he adage that the film doesn't direct itself plays into the best picture category, then, "Django" finds itself with a director nod and is missing in the best film category.
Meanwhile, "Les Miserables" is in two best film categories. The overall one and foreign language. The twist to these awards is that they spread the love of best films with overall, foreign and best British film. Throw in animation and there is one more. Animation, a while back, did compete for Oscar's big prize, and is still eligible in that category, but now has its own.
The nominations:
BEST FILM
"Argo"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Les Misérables"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST BRITISH FILM
"Anna Karenina"
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Misérables"
"Seven Psychopaths"
"Skyfall"
BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Amour"
"Headhunters"
"The Hunt"
"The Intouchables"
"Rust and Bone"
BEST ACTOR
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"
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 Misérables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Amour"
"Django Unchained"
"The Master"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Argo"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"The Imposter"
"Marley"
"McCullin"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
"West of Memphis"
BEST DEBUT BY BRITISH WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Thina Garavi (writer/director), "I Am Nasrine"
Bart Layton (writer) and Dimitri Doganis (producer), "The Imposter"
David Morris (director) and Jacqui Morris (director/producer), "McCullin"
James Bobin (director), "The Muppets"
Dexter Fletcher (writer/director) and Danny King (writer), "Wild Bill"
RISING STAR AWARD
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander
Winners will be named Feb. 10 at London's Royal Opera House. To watch as the announcement was made, head here.
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