The nominations for the 2013 Baftas were announced this morning, and as usual the major categories were full of worthy Hollywood fare with the usual slight bias in favour of big British films. Although it was refreshing to see that the Austrian director Michael Haneke was nominated in the Best Director category for his French-language tale of love and dying, ‘Amour’. The frontrunner at this stage has to be ‘Lincoln’ (above), with a whopping ten nominations (but not one for director Steven Spielberg), while the top British film – Tom Hooper’s take on the West End hit ’Les Misérables’ – shares second place with Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’, both of which scored nine nominations each. All in all, it’s a staunchly traditional list of films, with no wildcard contenders like ‘The Artist’: looking down the list, we find mainstream British successes like ‘Skyfall’, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ vying with major American dramas like ‘Argo’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, while the year’s equally well reviewed smaller films – ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, ‘Amour’, ‘The Imposter’, even ‘The Master’ – have had to make do with one or two nominations apiece, in categories like Outstanding British Debut and the screenplay slots. Still, this is a strong year for awards contenders, and very few of the nominated films have received less than four stars in a Time Out review.
Read a full list of nominees, and find reviews of all the major films nominated for the 2013 Bafta Awards. And watch this space for the Oscar nominations tomorrow, and for the results of the Baftas following the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10.
Plus don’t miss Time Out Magazine next Tuesday when we will be talking to ‘Lincoln’ star Daniel Day Lewis.