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by Peter Knegt
January 9, 2013 2:00 AM
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'Lincoln' Leads 2013 BAFTA Nominations (But No Nod For Spielberg)


The 2013 British Academy Film Award nominations have been announced, with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leading the pack with 10 (though Spielberg himself was not nominated for best director -- which does not bode well for its chances of winning BAFTA's top prize).

"Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi" were each nominated in nine categories, while "Skyfall" had eight nominations and "Argo" seven. "Zero Dark Thirty" joined all the aforementioned in the best film category -- save "Skyfall," which most expected would most definitely make the cut.

Other snubs included Tom Hooper missing out on a best director nomination (Michael Haneke and Quentin Tarantino replaced him and Spielberg), Denzel Washington and John Hawkes not getting best actor nods (but Ben Affleck somehow did, suggesting "Argo" is perhaps the overall frontrunner here), and Naomi Watts failing to making the best actress cut. Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio were also left out, in favor of Javier Bardem and Christoph Waltz in the best supporting actor race. And in the biggest surprise, the BAFTAs also shut out the homegrown "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" cast, including Judi Dench (though she did get a nod for "Skyfall") and Maggie Smith.

READ MORE: 2013 Oscar Predictions

What does this all say about tomorrow's Oscar nominations? Well, it doesn't look good for "Skyfall" making the best picture cut, or for Maggie Smith and Robert DeNiro's chances in the supporting categories. But its definitely a nice boost for "Argo," as well as Judi Dench (for "Skyfall," at least), Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz, Emmanuelle Riva, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix, who may not be the odd man out in Oscar's tight best actor race afterall.

Full list of nominations:

"Argo" Warner Bros.

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
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
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
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
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
BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler
AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow

Screenplays, acting and more on the next page.



  • Claire Marino | January 9, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    Affleck and not Anthony Hopkins ? Madness.......

  • GE | January 9, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Life of Pi received 10 nominations, too. Are you trying to imply that the Rising Star award is a joke?

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  • Rod | January 9, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    I really dont understand why the great Naomi Watts was not nominated for her wonderful tour de force performace in The Impossible. It is a really pity because she gave the Best Female Performace of the year. She is really the most talented but also the most underrated actress in the movie business know a days.

  • tania | January 9, 2013 8:25 AMReply

    I hope Marion Cotillard be nominated to the Academy Awards for Rust and Bone

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  • Curious | January 9, 2013 5:51 AMReply

    No Leo? No Denzel ? And to top it of, you give a movie 10 nods but leave out it's director ??? wow this is a weird list :p

  • ceco kostov | January 9, 2013 5:50 AMReply

    wait arent this UK awards ? why are there so many american films

  • Corvo | January 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    Nowadays England is an american colony.

  • Hamid | January 9, 2013 5:47 AMReply

    oh,my god...where is denzel..?leo dicaprio?..i cant belive..
    Argo and afflek is politic...very bad...argo is easy film..but flight_looper...

  • Ali | January 9, 2013 4:13 AMReply

    Why don't we just apply to become the 51st state or something??? I am ashamed to consider myself a part-Brit. 3 British Actors... the fewest that we have nominated in the past 20 years (didn't bother to look any further), only the 56th BAFTAs came close with just 4, and mind you, there were fewer acting slots before 2000 and our actors still managed to rake 7 plus nods out of 16. What a shame! If I were Day-Lewis, Dench or Mirren, I would boycott the proceedings.

  • Michael | January 9, 2013 4:01 AMReply

    Pretty sure this is how the Oscar nods will play out excluding Helen Mirren and Ben Affleck. Naomi Watts and Denzel W. will probably get slotted in there. Still not sure about the Jackman thing though. All the performances and direction for LES MISERABLES are average at best. Wish there was more love for MOONRISE KINGDOM.

  • THOR | January 9, 2013 3:31 AMReply

    Acting nomination for Affleck is the biggest surprise here.

  • Roger | January 9, 2013 3:05 AMReply

    Technically didn't 'Life of Pi' get 10 nominations since the lead actor Suraj Sharma was nominated for the Rising Star Award?