BAFTA 2013 nominations announced – Lincoln in lead

The 2013 nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards have been released. Popular historical biopic ‘Lincoln’ is in the lead with 10 nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, but there is nothing in store for director Steven Spielberg.

Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis

Next in line for the most nominations is epic musical ‘Les Miserables’ and boy-meets-tiger saga ‘Life of Pi’, which have received 9 nominations each on January 9, 2013 for the awards, which is Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars. Meanwhile,  ‘Skyfall’, the James Bond adventure movie claimed 8 nominations which is rare for an action movie, while ‘Argo’, an Iranian hostage thriller received 7 nominations.

The story of ‘Lincoln’ concentrates on the last months of US president Abraham Lincoln, as he struggled to end the civil war and pass a constitutional amendment which bans slavery.

Daniel Day Lewis of Britain is also nominated in the category of Best Leading Actor, for his portrayal of the iconic president. Moreover there are also supporting nominations for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, who plays Abraham’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln. The nominees for the best picture include ‘Lincoln’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Argo’ and the Osama Bin Laden Thriller ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. ‘Les Miserables’ will also be competing in a separate category of Best British Film.