BAFTAs: Abraham Lincoln Invades Britain And Beats Up James Bond

Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln (David James/Dreamworks II)

It’s been a busy week for awards nominations, what with the BAFTA Rising Star nominees, and the National Television Awards –  and it’s only Wednesday! – but today, BAFTA announced the full shortlist for their film awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry at London’s Royal Opera House on 10 February.

And, while many people would have expected this to be the perfect opportunity for Skyfall to dominate, in the wake of the Bond franchise’s 50th birthday, it seems the major beneficiary at this stage is Daniel Day Lewis’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in, well, Lincoln.  

The movie is nominated in ten categories, most notably Best Film – alongside Argo, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty and Les Misérables – and Adapted Screenplay. Daniel himself is up for the Leading Actor gong, although he’ll have to fight off Ben Affleck for his role in Argo, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables and Joaquin Phoenix for The Master.

That’s right, no Daniel Craig.

There are also nominations in both the Supporting Actor and Actress categories (Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, respectively), as well as the more technical categories: Original Music, Sound, Makeup and Hair, Cinematography and Production Design.

In comparison, Skyfall only managed a relatively meagre eight nominations: Outstanding British Film, Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Original Music, Cinematography, Sound, Editing and Production Design.

Where did it all go wrong, eh?

The full list of nominations are as follows:

BEST FILM
Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Seven Psychopaths

Skyfall

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
The Imposter
McCullin
Wild Bill
The Muppets
I Am Nasrine

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke (Amour)
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

DOCUMENTARY
The Imposter
Marley
McCullin
Searching For Sugar Man
West of Memphis 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke (Amour)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio (Argo)
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
David Magee (Life of Pi)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Amour
Headhunters
The Hunt
Rust and Bone
Untouchable

ANIMATED FILM
Brave
Frankenweenie
Paranorman 

LEADING ACTOR
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

LEADING ACTRESS
Emmanuelle Riva
(Amour)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams (The Master)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Judi Dench (Skyfall)
Sally Field (Lincoln)

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
John Williams (Lincoln)
Thomas Newman (Skyfall)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall 

EDITING
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall 

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Great Expectations
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Snow White and the Huntsman

SOUND
Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Skyfall

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel Avengers Assemble
Prometheus 

MAKE UP & HAIR
Anna Karenina
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Lincoln

SHORT ANIMATION
Here To Fall
I’m Fine Thanks
The Making of Longbird

SHORT FILM
The Curse
Good Night
Swimmer
Tumult
The Voorman Problem

And there’s good news for awards fans: the Brit Awards nominations are tomorrow!

Fraser McAlpine

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