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'Lincoln' Leads 2013 BAFTA Nominations (But No Nod For Spielberg)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 9, 2013 at 2:00AM

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).
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Lincoln
Lincoln

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.

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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"

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

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