BAFTA follow-up: Surprises at the noms

Here is a quick and dirty look at the BAFTA nominations, category by category.

Film: With five spots to give to the acknowledged leading six contenders (“Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty”), “Silver” gets left out.

Director: Two of the five nominated pictures lose out on director, with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hooper replaced by Michael Haneke (“Amour”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”). 

British film: “Anna Karenina” is alive. And hooray for the “Seven Psychopaths” nod.

Film not in the English language: Yes, it’s a world in which “The Intouchables” and “Rust and Bone” can both be nominated.

Animated film: With only three nominations, popular Oscar contenders “Rise of the Guardians” and “Wreck-It Ralph” are sidelined in favor of “Brave,” “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman.” Was it about alphabetical order?

Lead actor: John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) and Denzel Washington (“Flight”) are among the most noteworthy absences. 

Lead actress: Given the “Anna Karenina” support, you might have expected Keira Knightley here, but nope. None of the three big Ws – Quvenzhane Wallis, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz – either.

Supporting actor:  Nothing too shocking here, except perhaps the omission of Robert De Niro (“Silver”). 

Supporting actress: No one from “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” including Maggie Smith. 

Original screenplay: Writers Guild nominees John Gatins (“Flight”) and Rian Johnson (“Looper”) are out.

Adapted screenplay: A nod for Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” knocks WGA nominee Stephen Chbosky of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” out. 

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