Jan 09

BAFTA really like Lincoln; not so keen on The Hobbit

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 10:26 am

Few eyebrows were raised this morning with BAFTA’s announcement of their nominations for their 2013 film awards. As suspected, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the pack with ten nods including Best Film and Leading actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. (Pointedly, however, Spielberg himself has been snubbed as it’s director.) It faces stiff competition from the musical adaptation Les Misérables and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, neither of which have been released in the UK yet!

On the flip side of the coin, Peter Jackson‘s blockbuster return to Middle Earth only managed to score two nominations in technical categories which, as we know, don’t matter. Could this be a genuine reaction to the film by apathetic voters or has the stuffy British film establishment decided to gang up on The Hobbit?

Looking further down the list, we’re perhaps most excited by the Documentary Features, which boast the most tightly contested field in ages: The Imposter, Marley, Searching for Sugar Man and West of Memphis were three of the year’s most talked about films — both non-fiction and fiction! It signals a real watershed year for theatrical docs and we couldn’t be more excited for it. We certainly wouldn’t want to lay a bet in this category.

Here are some of the BAFTA nomination highlights:

Best Film:Argo

Les Misérables


Zero Dark Thirty


Outstanding British Film:Anna Karenina

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Misérables

Seven Psychopaths



Director:Michael Haneke – Amour

Ben Affleck – Argo

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty


Leading Actor:Ben Affleck – Argo

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master


Leading Actress:Jessical Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Mirren – Hitchcock

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour


Supporting Actor:Alan Arkin – Argo

Javier Bardem – Skyfall

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained


Supporting Actress:Amy Adams – The Master

Judi Dench – Skyfall

Sally Field – Lincoln

Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Helen Hunt – The Sessions


Documentary:The Imposter



Searching for Sugar Man

West of Memphis


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


Non-English Language Films:


The Hunt

Rust and Bone



Animated Film:




 Winners will be announced on February 10th at the BAFTA ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry

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