James Bond faces American rivals in Bafta film awards

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

Eight nominations for Skyfall - but Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, leads the pack

LAST UPDATED AT 10:14 ON Wed 9 Jan 2013

JAMES BOND will take on the Americans at the 2013 Bafta film awards after the shortlist, released this morning, revealed that Skyfall is nominated for eight awards, two behind Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln.

Skyfall, the highest-grossing film ever at the UK box office, is up for oustanding British film – a highly unusual accolade for a James Bond film, reports the BBC – as well as acting and technical awards. The only Bond film previously recognised at the Baftas was Casino Royale in 2006, nominated for best film, with Daniel Craig shortlisted for best actor.

Craig, who lost out to Forest Whitaker in 2006, doesn't make the shortlist this time. But Javier Bardem and Judi Dench are nominated for their supporting roles, and Skyfall also grabs nominations for music, cinematography, editing and design. Oscar-winning Sam Mendes doesn't make the best director shortlist.

Apart from Skyfall, the list is dominated by Hollywood films, reports The Guardian, with Lincoln leading the way with 10 nominations.

Les Miserables, a British production but with a largely American/Australian cast, comes away with nine, though Briton Tom Hooper doesn't make the best director shortlist. Les Miserables is the only British production in the list for best film, up against Lincoln, Argo, Life Of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi also receives nine mentions, while Argo, Ben Affleck's story of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, gets seven, including a double-nod for Affleck - best actor and best director.

Other Brits in the running for leading awards are Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor for his portrayal of the 16th American president in Lincoln, and Helen Mirren for best actress in her role as Alfred Hitchcock's wife, Alma, in Hitchcock. Roger Deakins is a favourite for cinematography for Skyfall.

In the 'rising star' category, British actresses Andrea Riseborough and Juno Temple are nominated against Swede Alicia Vikander, Indian Suraj Sharma and American Elizabeth Olsen. This is the only award voted for by the public.

As the Daily Telegraph reports, Peter Jackson's hugely-hyped The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is snubbed in the major categories, picking up just three nominations for sound, make-up and visual effects.

The Bafta winners will be announced on Sunday 10 February in a ceremony at the Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Fry. The American Oscar nominations are revealed tomorrow.

KEY BAFTA NOMINATIONS:

Best Film
Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

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

Best foreign film
Amour
Headhunters
The Hunt
Rust and Bone
Untouchable

Best animated film
Brave
Frankenweenie
Paranorman

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
Amour
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best adapted screenplay
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
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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