Baftas 2013: who will win big at Sunday night's awards?

Feb 8, 2013

Spielberg's Lincoln expected to dominate – but will the British make up for Ben Affleck's Oscar snub?

SUNDAY night’s Bafta awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, will see British talent battle it out against American blockbusters such as Lincoln. While this year’s awards season is, in the words of the Guardian "the most open affair" yet, there are a few clear frontrunners in line for 2013's accolades. Here are the top seven films - in alphabetical order - likely to prove winners:

Argo: Ben Affleck's CIA thriller was snubbed in the Oscar nominations but has since won big at the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and the Global Globes, Reuters notes. It's up for seven Baftas. As well as best film, Ben Affleck is nominated for both best actor and best director.

Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino's slavery-era romp has had rave reviews and is nominated for five Baftas, including best director. Although Guardian writer Xan Brooks says his "heart" wants Tarantino to win best director, he believes it will go to Affleck. The film's Christoph Waltz, however, could pick up a best supporting actor gong.

Les Misérables: Despite being labelled "bloated" by reviewers, the film version of the hit musical has nine nominations. According to Glamour Magazine it is expected to win best British film and Hugh Jackman is 10/1 to win best actor – trailing only Daniel Day Lewis.

Life of Pi: Ang Lee's adaption of the bestselling novel is up for nine Baftas and will go head-to-head with Lincoln, Argo, Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty for best film. According to Reuters it has a "strong chance to shine".

Lincoln: Steven Spielberg's historical biopic dominated the Bafta nominations after being shortlisted for 10 awards. The film's British star, Daniel Day-Lewis, is expected to win best actor. The Guardian also predicts it could take home the best film prize – but only if Les Misérables takes the Best British Film gong.

Skyfall: Sam Mendes's Bond film is nominated in eight categories – but the most successful film in British box office history was not shortlisted for best film or best director. Bookies William Hill predict it will miss out to Les Misérables for best British film.

Zero Dark Thirty: With five nominations, including for best film, Kathryn Bigelow's drama based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden could win big. Bigelow has taken home the best director prize before for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and the Daily Mail tips star Jessica Chastain (pictured above) for best actress.


Best Film
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding British Film
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths

Best foreign film
The Hunt
Rust and Bone

Best animated film

Best director
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ben Affleck - Argo
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Best original screenplay
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best adapted screenplay
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook

Best actor
Ben Affleck - Argo
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Best actress
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Emmanuel Riva - Amour

Best supporting actor
Alan Arkin - Argo
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Best supporting actress
Amy Adams - The Master
Judi Dench - Skyfall
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions

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