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‘Lincoln’ Leads BAFTA Nominees With 10

Posted 09/01/2013

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‘Lincoln’ Leads BAFTA Nominees With 10

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The BAFTAs are first and foremost a celebration of British film, but this year’s leading contender is a distinctly American story: ‘Lincoln,’ Steven Spielberg’s epic about the last months of the president’s life. The film has earned 10 nominations including one for Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for star Daniel Day-Lewis—although, shockingly, Spielberg himself didn’t make the directors’ cut.

Tying for second most nominated film are Ang Lee’s gorgeous ‘Life of Pi’ and the ensemble musical ‘Les Miserables,’ both of which notched nine noms including Best Picture. The other contenders for that ultimate prize are ‘Argo’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ And ‘Argo’ earned director and actor Ben Affleck nominations for both his jobs.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of British icon James Bond’s first foray onscreen, it seems fitting that ‘Skyfall’ broke into the BAFTAs field where other 007 films have historically been snubbed. The blockbuster racked up eight nominations, including one for Outstanding British Film. ‘Skyfall’ will compete for that honour with ‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Les Miserables,’and ‘Seven Psychopaths.’ However, both star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes were overlooked by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The nominees for one BAFTA category, Rising Star, were announced earlier in the week, and include Elizabeth Olsen, Andrea Riseborough, Suraj Sharma, Juno Temple, and Alicia Vikander. This award is the only one to be voted on by the public—who do you support?

This year’s BAFTAs will be presented on Sunday, 10 February. Stay tuned to Movies.MTV for news, winners, and photos!