Film News: ‘The Artist’ Leads List of BAFTA Nominees With 12 Nods

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CHICAGO - The British Academy Film Award Nominations were released today, and the silent film “The Artist” led the way with 12 nominations. Keeping its impressive award season going, “The Artist” picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

The other films that will fight against “The Artist” for Best Picture are: “The Descendants,” “Drive,” “The Help,” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” This list of five nominees is very interesting, considering the Academy Awards are not expected to have “Drive” or “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” up for the top prize when nominations come out a week from today (even though this humble writer believes “Drive” deserves it more than several films that will be nominated), and there could be up to ten nominees at this year’s Oscars. Congrats to both films for getting some much deserved praise, especially in an award ceremony that only has five nominees.

In the other categories, Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”), Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”), Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), and Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) are all nominated for Best Director. In the Best British Film category, the nominees are: “My Week with Marilyn,” “Senna,” “Shame,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

As far as the acting categories, I already mentioned that Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress for “The Artist.” Dujardin will compete against George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) and Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) while Bejo’s lady competition comes from Viola Davis (“The Help”), Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”), Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), and Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn”). In the supporting acting category, the nominees are: Actors: Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn”), Jim Broadbent (“The Iron Lady”), Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Ides of March”), and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”). Actresses: Jessica Chastain (“The Help”), Judi Dench (“My Week with Marilyn”), Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”), Carey Mulligan (“Shame”), and Octavia Spencer (“The Help”). staff writer Tim Martens

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