BAFTA Nominations Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads Followed By 'Les Mis' & 'Life Of Pi'; Spielberg & Hooper Not Among Director Field

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the pack of nominees (see full list below) for the 65th EE BAFTA Awards, which were announced this morning in London by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine. Lincoln scored 10 nominations, though it did not pick up a directing mention. Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables each got nine nods, but Hooper (nominated here for The King’s Speech in 2010) failed to make the directing category. Working Title’s Tim Bevan, who has both Les Mis and Anna Karenina vying for prizes this year, told me he was surprised that Spielberg and Hooper missed out on directing slots but called it an “interesting year because [nominations] seem to be spread all over the place.” The takeaway, he said, is that Spielberg and Hooper are “swimming in a pool of extreme talent this year. Which is great for the movie business.”

Meanwhile, Skyfall, now the highest-grossing film in UK history, was nominated eight times, yet was noted in the Best British Film category and not the overall Best Film group. The only picture to cross over those two fields was Les Mis. The trio of Life Of Pi, Ben Affleck’s Argo and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty have both Best Film and Best Director slots. The two Best Director candidates whose films were not mentioned in the Best Film group are Michael Haneke for Amour (although it did also land Foreign Language, Original Screenplay and Leading Actress nods) and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, which also picked up nominations for Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz and Editing.

The voting process for the BAFTAs was tweaked this year to move the nominations ahead by a week with rounds reduced from three to two. That eliminated the longlist that was traditionally announced around this time with the full final nominations coming later in January. The shifts mean members have more time to vote. The ceremony will be held on February 10 and hosted by Stephen Fry.

BEST FILM
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

DOCUMENTARY
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

ANIMATED FILM
BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler

DIRECTOR
AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMOUR Michael Haneke
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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

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

ORIGINAL MUSIC
ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli
ARGO Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF PI Mychael Danna
LINCOLN John Williams
SKYFALL Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey
LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen
LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda
LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski
SKYFALL Roger Deakins

EDITING
ARGO William Goldenberg
DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin
LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres
SKYFALL Stuart Baird
ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

PRODUCTION DESIGN
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

COSTUME DESIGN
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

    1. Sally Field’s acting was like watching a high school production of Lincoln. Her acting and her presence ( I didn’t buy her in that time period) were in a completely different movie. It was always awkward to see her acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, because she was out of her league. Talk about an overrated performance.

    1. Love Ben. And he’s becoming a GREAT director.
      But yes, not a lot of “acting” from him in Argo. Nice period clothes and hair…

  1. not a single nomination for The Impossible? I can’t believe it has been so overlooked

    1. We can only hope the Oscars will right this wrong tomorrow… They should at least nominate N. Watts for best actress, it’s definitely the film’s best shot at a nomination, and why not T. Holland, E. McGregor or best picture too. The problem seems to be few people have actually seen The Impossible, since it didn’t get the same amount of publicity and oscar buzz as other contenders. But those who have actually seen it are very fond of it, and were blown away by the performances and the breathtaking recreation of the tsunami and its effects.

      1. Totallly agree. This was the movie that affected me the most this season. It’s criminal how overlooked it has been by most of the awards guilds.

  2. Where is Cloud Atlas for Original Score and Best Make-up? They always took 6-8 movies and then nominate them in every category.

    Production design, Editing, Cinematography Original music….
    O’k you love those movies Les Misérables, Lincoln, Skyfall, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Anna Karenina, Argo. But it doesn’t mean that suddenly they all had best Production design, Editing, Cinematography Original music and other. Professional people were working on other movies too. There was good music, cinematography, editing etc in other movies too.

    Like if movie is in category “Best movie, director” then they automatically put this movie in every category. I’m sure if Master would still have heat from early on and would be nominated for Best Picture and Director then suddenly people who worked on Master would became the Best in every category and would be nominated for Production design, Editing, Cinematography Original music, Costume design. It happens every year and I’m angry about it. It’s like those people are: “Oh, we like Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty. Now let’s nominate them in every category they are eligible”.

    It’s like no other movies except those 6-8 had good Music, Cinematography, Editing etc. Producers knew that they will be awards contenders so they hired best from the best. And other movies hired so-so people because they knew they won’t be in race…

  3. I don’t understand the difference between Best Film and Best British Film. Why US movies are not in the Foreign Film category? They can just change the category name “FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE” by “BEST FOREIGN FILM” and include movies who are not british?

  4. Naomi Watts should have won this award and she’s not even nominated! This is what happens when people don’t screen the films.

  5. Depressing, the whole line up is overwhelmingly American- with a little French for taste.

    Why bother BAFTA’s if you’re barely going to cover any Brits?

  6. Ben Affleck gave his usual mediocre and sleepwalking performance in Argo, and Jennifer Lawrence was completely miscast in Silver Linings Playbook. Not only was Jennifer too young for her role, but she was struggling with her one-note performance.

    1. Finally someone agrees that Jennifer Lawrence is being way too overhyped for Silver Linings! She was decent, yes, but not even close to being one of the best performances of the year.

    1. Disney decided to push ‘Brave’ instead of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. I guess they figured ‘Brave’ had a better chance with BAFTA members.

    2. I agree — the Brits really are stuffy as shit… ParaNorman? Ay yi yi. Just another reason you can’t really put any stock in any of these awards. Such a joke all the way around.

    1. The Deep Blue Sea was released in 2011 in the UK so it’s not eligible this year (it was eligible last year but it didn’t get any nominations, unfortunately…)

  7. I am glad The Master picked up so many acting nods, but it’s definitely more worthy of Best Picture/Director nods above anything. It’s one of two truly perfect films of 2012, the other being Holy Motors.

  8. The nomination of LES MISERABLES with its almost hilarious casting of Russell Crowe as Javier is a bad joke. Had Javier been properly cast the film might have merged on the magnificent, but as it is the marvelous performances by Jackman and Hathaway rank as a waste on the level of casting Audrey Hepburn rather than Julie Andrews in MY FAIR LADY.

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