The Bafta nominations were announced yesterday with Lincoln, Les Miserables and Life of Pi leading the way. Lincoln has been nominated for 10 categories, Les Miserables and Life of Pi have been nominated in 9. The Baftas, with its awards ceremony on 10 February, are usually a good indication for what films will perform well at the Oscars.
Despite not even being released in the UK yet, US civil war drama Lincoln’s 10 nominations, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, means that it usurps the popular James Bond film Skyfall. Skyfall became the biggest box office hit of 2012 in the UK and was a favourite for the best film category, but has been overlooked. This will be unsurprising to some as the Bond series has never had a nomination for best film. Similarly, director Sam Mendes was overlooked for the best director category. Skyfall has, however, been nominated for 8 categories, including best supporting actor for Javier Bardem. It has also been nominated for best British film.
That Sam Mendes was overlooked for best director was surprising, however, Steven Spielberg also missed out in the best director category for Lincoln, despite the numerous other nominations.
Anne Hathaways and Hugh Jackmans singing prowess in Les Miserables see them gain nominations in the lead actor and supporting actress categories while Ben Afflecks career as a director goes from strength to strength, with 7 nominations for his political thriller, Argo, including best director. The Master, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook also feature prominently.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey performed badly in the nominations, achieving a relatively meagre three technical nominations.
Perhaps, Skyfall might have achieved that elusive best film nomination, had the voting been voted for by the public, like the Bafta rising star award which sees Juno Temple, Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Olsen, Alicia Vikander and Life of Pi actor Suraj Sharma going head to head for an award previously won by James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy.
The Bafta film awards will be announced at a ceremony which takes place for the seventh year running at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.
What do you think of the nominations? Lincoln seems like a film that would mainly appeal to an American audience, while many other films that have been nominated haven’t been released in the UK. It does seem like the nominations always avoid rewarding “mainstream” popular movies in favour of “artistic” ones.
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