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“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.”

In recent years, the British awards, known as BAFTAs, have helped underdog films including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” gain momentum for success at the Oscars.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Feb. 10, two weeks before the Hollywood awards.

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Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless