The BAFTA nominations for 2012 were announced this week; silent film The Artist picked up the most nods, closely followed by British favourite Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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The Artist was nominated for 12 awards in all, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, while Tinker, Tailor (which was completely ignored at the recent Golden Globes) followed close behind with 11. Joining them in competition for Best Film are Drive, The Help, and The Descendants starring George Clooney.

In contrast, Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady has received only four nominations: Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor for Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent respectively, Best Original Screenplay for writer Abi Morgan, and Best Make-up and Hair. The film has been snubbed for both Best Film and Outstanding British Film; instead the British only category has opted for some edgier nominees, including Steve McQueen’s Shame, starring Michael Fassbender as an alienated sex addict, and We Need to Talk about Kevin, a dark tale of a high school massacre directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Joining Meryl Streep in the running for Best Actress are Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin), Viola Davis (The Help), Berenice Bejo (The Artist), and Michelle Williams for her portrayal of the original blonde bombshell in My Week With Marilyn. The race for Best Actor seems far too close to call, as leading men Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Michael Fassbender (Shame) all prepare to battle it out. George Clooney has already won a Golden Globe for his role in The Descendants, but he faces some arguably stiffer competition at the BAFTAs.

Other nominees to keep an eye on at this year’s awards include Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s chilling body-horror film The Skin I Live In; starring Antonio Banderas (aka Puss in Boots) as a psychotic plastic surgeon, the movie is nominated in the Best Foreign Film category. The Artist, Tinker, Tailor, Hugo and War Horse are all nominated for Original Music, but hotly tipped to win this year are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the two have already received an Oscar for their work on Fincher’s The Social Network).

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For the full list of categories and nominees, see below.
Best Film
• The Artist
• The Descendants
• Drive
• The Help
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Outstanding British Film:
• My Week With Marilyn
• Senna
• Shame
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• We Need To Talk About Kevin

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer:
Attack The Block – Joe Cornish
• Black Pond – Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley, Sarah Brocklehurst
Coriolanus – Ralph Fiennes
Submarine – Richard Ayoade
• Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine, Diarmid Scrimshaw

Foreign language film:
• Incendies
• Pina
Potiche
A Separation
• The Skin I Live In

Director:
• 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

Leading actor:
• Brad Pitt – Moneyball
• Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• George Clooney – The Descendants
• Jean Dujardin – The Artist
• Michael Fassbender – Shame

Leading actress:
• Berenice Bejo – The Artist
• Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
• Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
• Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
• Viola Davis – 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

Supporting actress:
• Carey Mulligan – Drive
• Jessica Chastain – The Help
• Judi Dench – My Week With Marilyn
• Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
• Octavia Spencer – The Help

Documentary:
• George Harrison: Living In The Material World
Project Nim
• Senna

Animated film:
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
• Arthur Christmas
Rango

Original screenplay:
• The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
• Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
The Guard – John Michael McDonagh
• The Iron Lady – Abi Morgan
Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen

Adapted screenplay:
• The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
• The Help – Tate Taylor
• The Ides Of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
• Moneyball – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

Original music:
• The Artist
• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• War Horse

Cinematography:
• The Artist
• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• War Horse

Editing:
• The Artist
• Drive
• Hugo
• Senna
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Production design:
• The Artist
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
• Hugo
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• War Horse

Costume design:
• The Artist
• Hugo
• Jane Eyre
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Make up & hair:
• The Artist
• Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
• Hugo
• The Iron Lady
• My Week With Marilyn

Sound:
• The Artist
• Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
• Hugo
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• War Horse

Special visual effects:
• The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
• Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
• Hugo
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
• War Horse

Short animation:
• Abuelas
• Bobby Yeah
• A Morning Stroll

Short film:
• Chalk
• Mwansa The Great
• Only Sound Remains
• Pitch Black Heist
• Two And Two

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award
• Adam Deacon
• Chris Hemsworth
• Chris O’Dowd
• Eddie Redmayne
• Tom Hiddleston

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