Spain’s Javier Bardem has been nominated for a Bafta award, the British film industry’s top prize, for his role in the James Bond film “Skyfall.”
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Wednesday announced the list of nominees for these prestigious awards, which also included actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, and Emmanuelle Riva.
“Lincoln,” a historical drama about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have a constitutional amendment passed to outlaw slavery, led all films with 10 nominations, followed by “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi” with nine each.
Besides Bardem, selected for his portrayal of cyber-terrorist Raoul Silva in the latest installment of the Bond saga, the other best-supporting actor nominees are Alan Arkin (“Argo”), Christopher Waltz (“Django Unchained”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”).
In addition to “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables,” the other films nominated this year for a best-picture Bafta are “Argo,” “Life of Pi” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
The best-actor nominees are Daniel Day Lewis (“Lincoln”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”).
Britain’s Helen Mirren picked up a best-actress nod for her role in “Hitchcock,” in which she plays famed 20th-century filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s wife.
Her fellow nominees for a Bafta are Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”).
The nominees for best director are Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), Michael Haneke (“Amour”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
“Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg was snubbed.
The movies in the running for best foreign language film, meanwhile, are “Amour,” an Austrian, French and German co-production; the Norwegian film “Headhunters”; the Danish film “The Hunt”; “Rust and Bone,” a French and Belgian co-production; and the French film “Untouchable.”
The Baftas are regarded as Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.