Demonstrating that a film very much entrenched in a certain history and culture can be as equally accessible to those outside it, the British Academy of Film and Television unveiled their nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) this morning and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln emerged as the clear victor with 10 nominations.
Besides Lincoln, the best film list includes a list of the usual suspects: Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty and Argo.
In a strange twist, however, Spielberg himself failed to garner a nomination as Best Director, alongside Les Misérables’s Tom Hooper. Their spots, in turn, have been occupied by Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and Austria-born provocateur Michael Haneke for his devastating drama Amour.
Being a British organization, the awards sets aside a special category to honor the best in British filmmaking. The list includes not only prestige projects like Les Misérables,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the recent adaptation of Anna Karenina but also Skyfall,this year’s blockbuster Bond entry, and Seven Psychopaths, playwright/filmmaker Martin McDonagh’s subversive take on gritty gangster films.
In the acting category, the nominations run the gamut from predictable (Daniel Day-Lewis for , Lincoln,, Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty) to head-spinning (both Javier Bardem and Judi Dench received spots for their supporting roles in Skyfall and Ben Affleck scored his first non-directing nomination this year for his lead role in Argo).
A full list of the nominations can be found on the BAFTA website. The awards will be held on Feb. 10 at London’s Royal Opera House. Beloved British comedian Stephen Fry will host.