Epic musical “Les Miserables” and boy-meets-tiger saga “Life of Pi” received nine nominations each Wednesday for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars. James Bond adventure “Skyfall” got eight — rare awards recognition for an action movie — and Iran hostage thriller “Argo” took seven.
Britain’s Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for leading actor for his uncanny embodiment of the iconic president, and there are supporting nominations for Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens.
“Les Miserables” is also a contender in the separate category of best British film, alongside “Anna Karenina,” ”The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” ”Seven Psychopaths” and “Skyfall.”
Ben Affleck is nominated both as director of “Argo” and as its leading actor. The other male acting contenders are Day-Lewis, Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables” and Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master.”
“Skyfall” star Daniel Craig was snubbed, but the film received supporting acting nominations for Judi Dench’s spy chief and Javier Bardem’s scene-stealing baddie.
The best-actress shortlist includes 85-year-old “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva — who was nominated for the same prize 52 years ago for “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” — Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone” and Helen Mirren for “Hitchcock.”
Mirren said it had been wonderful to play Hitchcock’s wife in Sacha Gervasi’s film.
“Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock’s wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her,” Mirren said.
Besides Affleck, the heavyweight best-director list includes, Michael Haneke for Cannes Film Festival prize-winner “Amour,” Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained,” Ang Lee for “Life of Pi” and Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Poignant old-age portrait “Amour” is up for best foreign-language film, along with Norway’s “Headhunters,” Denmark’s “The Hunt” and French films “Rust and Bone” and “Untouchable.”View Entire Story
By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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