‘Argo’ and ‘Skyfall’ Highlighted by BAFTA Nominations

SkyfallThough it was easy to get lost in the scramble of yesterday’s Oscar nominations, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their annual nominations just the day before. Quite thankfully, they did not turn out to be carbon copied by the Academy’s choices, though that may be to the Academy’s advantage. Particularly in Best British Film, there wasn’t much of an indie presence in the nominations, but that should only delight the legions of fans disappointed that Skyfall didn’t manage some above-the-line nods from the Academy yesterday.

Javier Bardem and Judi Dench were singled out for their supporting performances, while the remainder of British Film nominee’s bounty came from the technical races. Lincoln tallied up the most nominations at 10, but the vote of confidence towards Argo seems more significant now after Ben Affleck’s Oscar potential was cut down by missing the director nod. BAFTA seemed more than generous enough to reimburse him with not only directorial placement, but also a slot in the Best Actor race. Both John Hawkes and Denzel Washington were shut out to make room for Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix.

ArgoBAFTA wasn’t as open to Beasts of the Southern Wild as the Academy, likely due to subtext rooted directly in recent American history. Where Quvenzhane Wallis fell out of the Actress race, space was available for Helen Mirren and Marion Cotillard, the latter being one of yesterday’s unexpected Academy omissions. Another film that got the greatest booth from both British and American nominations was Life of Pi, which tallied 9 nods with the BAFTAs and 11 with the Academy. If any film was primed as potential upset in these past few days, it’s Ang Lee’s. Diverging back to the Oscars for a second, it would be rather hilariously ironic for Lee to win Best Director, but miss out on Best Picture… again.

You can check out the full list of BAFTA nominations below, courtesy of In Contention.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2012 Award Nominations

Best Film
Argo

Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Zero Dark Thirty

Best British Film
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths
Skyfall

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ben Affleck, Argo
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Ben Affleck, Argo
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay
Amour
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
Headhunters
The Hunt
The Intouchables
Rust and Bone

Best Documentary
The Imposter
Marley
McCullin
Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis

Best Animated Feature
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Skyfall

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Skyfall

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Great Expectations
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Film Editing
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup & Hair
Anna Karenina
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lincoln
Les Miserables

Best Original Music
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Sound
Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Skyfall

Best Visual Effects
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Prometheus

Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Thina Garavi (writer/director), I Am Nasrine
Bart Layton (writer) and Dimitri Doganis (producer), The Imposter
David Morris (director) and Jacqui Morris (director/producer), McCullin
James Bobin (director), The Muppets
Dexter Fletcher (writer/director) and Danny King (writer), Wild Bill

Rising Star Award
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander

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