Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Way ahead of other films with multiple nominations, Golden Globe winner The Artist and British-made remake of the 1979 American miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, top the list of British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) nominees -- the former has a whopping 12 nominations and the latter has 11. Missing in the best picture category are Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and War Horse. Both Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg were ignored as best director nominees, but Martin Scorsese, this year's recipient of BAFTA's Academy Fellowship, was included. Hugo has a total of 9 nominations. (Spielberg is nominated for best animated feature with The Adventures of Tintin.)
Best British Film Conclusions. Since Tinker Tailor is the only movie also nominated for best British film, one can conclude that it will triumph in that category. Senna, also nominated for best British film, is a contender in the best documentary nominee, which makes it the lkely victor there. It also has the rare best editing nomination for a documentary.
Two Very American Films. Best picture nominee The Descendants found its director Alexander Payne omitted from the best director nominees, as was Tate Taylor for best picture nominee The Help. Both films' screenplays are nominated, and The Help's acting triumvirate of Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain continues to place in the performance categories. Shailene Woodley, a Golden Globes contender who was left off the SAG list of nominees, is MIA in the BAFTA list of best supporting actress hopefuls.
Category Anomalies for the Top Dog. Silent film The Artist is nominated for best sound, and its female star, Bérénice Bejo, is in the leading category rather than the supporting, which has been the Weinstein Company's campaign choice. The only first-round longlisted category it missed was best visual effects -- not unexpected since it is not chock full of eye-popping special effects.
No Life in the "Tree". As it was in the Golden Globe competition, The Tree of Life was shunned completely. Notably, it has also been overlooked in most of the American guild nominations the last two weeks, coming up as a nominee only in the Producers Guild (PGA) and Visual Effects Society (VES) contests.
From Longlist to Very Short Consideration. The Iron Lady was only able to capture three of its 14 longlisted categories, including a best screenplay and best supporting actor (Jim Broadbent). After being longlisted in 13 categories, three films came up very short. Midnight in Paris has a singular nomination for best original screenplay. War Horse has 5 below-the-ine nods, while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo managed only 2 technical nominations. And British favorite Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 went from 11 longlist categories to just 4 in the final count, while another Brit-produced film, My Week with Marilyn, fell from 16 to 6. Finally, George Clooney's The Ides of March mustered up only 2 nominations after being longlisted in 11 categories.
"Drive," She Said. Although Carey Mulligan's performance in Shame has been touted in some corners, she has had less attention for her role in Drive. She is nominated for the latter in the supporting category, but her multi-trophied co-star Albert Brooks is missing from the best supporting actor nominees. After being longlisted in 11 categories, Drive is among the 5 nominees for best picture, best director, and best editing.
Bathroom Humor. Bridemaids is nominated for both its screenplay and for Melissa McCarthy's bold performance in this coarse comedy. A SAG nominee as well, McCarthy seems destined for the AMPAS supporting actress list next week, and the Kristen Wiig-Annie Mumolo WGA-nominated screenplay will likely appear among the best original screenplay candidates.
For a complete list of all BAFTA nominees, go here. Winners will be announced on February 12.