The Artist Leads BAFTA Nominations

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January 17, 2012 | 4:00am EST

Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).
The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honours for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major competitor with 11 nominations, going up against The Artist for a number of awards including the Best Picture prize. The other nominees for the event’s top award are The Descendants, Drive and The Help.

Dujardin will fight for the Best Actor award against Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt (Moneyball), George Clooney (The Descendants) and Michael Fassbender (Shame), while in the Best Actress category, Bejo is pitched against Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Viola Davis (The Help).

The winners will be unveiled at the prizegiving in London on 12 February.

The main nominees are as follows:

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants


The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Leading Actress

Meryl Steep – The Iron lady

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Viola Davis – The Help

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Leading Actor

George Clooney – The Descendents

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Michael Fastbender – Shame

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Supporting Actress

Carey Mulligan – Shame

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Judi Dench – My Week With Marilyn

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Jim Broadbent – The Iron Lady

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Ides Of March

Outstanding British Film

My Week With Marilyn



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need To Talk About Kevin


The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn

Hugo – Martin Scorsese

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay.