Org's chairman John Willis reveals shortlist

“Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi” and “Zero Dark Thirty” will battle it out with Blighty’s own “Les Miserables” for the best film nod at the British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 66th British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Film Awards were announced at BAFTA’s London HQ Wednesday by actors Jeremy Irvine and Alice Eve and org chairman John Willis.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” received the most noms with 10, although the helmer missed out on a director bid, as did “Les Miserables” helmer Tom Hooper.

The chapter-voted helmer noms instead recognized Michael Haneke for his Palme d’Or winner “Amour” and Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained,” alongside Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

“Les Mis” and “Pi” both received nine noms, James Bond film “Skyfall” took eight, “Argo” seven and “Anna Karenina” six.

Working Title’s duo “Anna Karenina” and “Les Mis” vie for the Alexander Korda award for outstanding British film alongside “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Seven Psychopaths” and “Skyfall.”

“Lincoln” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” both saw their awards-veteran casts garner strong support. Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field were recognized in actor, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, respectively, for “Lincoln.” The three will compete in those categories against Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams from “The Master.”

Day-Lewis and Phoenix meet Affleck (“Argo”), Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) in the actor race. Cooper’s co-star Jennifer Lawrence will compete with Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and previous BAFTA best actress winners Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”) and Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”) in the actress category.

Christoph Waltz, who won the BAFTA and Academy Award for supporting actor in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” will compete again in that category for Tarantino’s “Django.” The film received five noms, matching “Zero Dark Thirty,” including two for Tarantino as helmer and scripter.

“Skyfall” adds eight BAFTA noms to its success at the U.K. box office, where it is the highest-grossing film of all time with £101.5 million ($162.9 million) to date. The haul is one short of the nine noms 2006’s “Casino Royale” garnered. Lead actor Daniel Craig missed out this time around, having been nommed for “Casino Royale,” but co-stars Judi Dench and Javier Bardem picked up supporting nods.

Amy Berg’s “West of Memphis” will face off against homegrown docs “The Imposter,” “Marley,” “McCullin” and “Searching for Sugar Man” in the docu category. “The Imposter” helmer Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis will also compete with “McCullin” co-helmers David Morris and Jacqui Morris (who also produced) for the award for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Stop-motion pics “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie” will take on Pixar’s “Brave” for animated film. The split mirrors that of three years ago when stop-motion titles “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Coraline” took on Pixar’s “Up,” with “Up” winning. Pixar has won in every year it has been nommed except the inaugural year of the category, 2006, when “Happy Feet” trumped “Cars.” Last year the award went to “Rango.” Pixar’s “Cars 2″ was not nominated.

“Amour,” which picked up four noms, will take on Norway’s “Headhunters,” Denmark’s “The Hunt” and French titles “Rust and Bone” and “Intouchables” for the award for film not in the English language. “Rust and Bone” is the third successive nominee in this category for helmer Jacques Audiard, whose 2005 film “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” and 2009 title “A Prophet” both went on to win.

The British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, will be presented Feb. 10 at London’s Royal Opera House, the venue’s seventh year as the home of the ceremony.

FILM
“Argo”
“Lincoln”
“Life of Pi”
“Les Miserables”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”

BRITISH FILM
“Anna Karenina”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Seven Psychopaths”
“Skyfall”

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“Amour”
“Headhunters”
“The Hunt”
“Rust and Bone”
“Untouchable”

DOCUMENTARY
“The Imposter”
“Marley”
“McCullin”
“Searching for Sugar Man”
“West of Memphis”

ANIMATED FILM
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”

ACTOR
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Danial Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Amour”
“Django Unchained”
“The Master”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Argo”
“Beast of the Southern Wild”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Judi Dench, “Skyfall”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

DEBUT BY BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer), “The Imposter”
David Morris (Director), Jacqui Morris (Director/Producer), “McCullin”
Dexter Fletcher (Director/Writer), Danny King (Writer), “Wild Bill”
James Bobin (Director), “The Muppets”
Tina Gharavi (Director/Writer), “I Am Nasrin”

ORIGINAL MUSIC
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

EDITING
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Anna Karenina”
“Great Expectations”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

MAKE UP AND HAIR
“Anna Karenina”
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”

SOUND
“Django Unchained”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel Avengers Assemble”
“Prometheus”

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