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January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It could almost be regarded as the quintessential American movie, but Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring British-born Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, picked up 10 nominations for the BAFTAs, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars — more than any other film. Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi each received nine nominations and Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, followed with eight. Although the U.S. film led the field, Britain’s Guardian newspaper remarked that “patriotism staked out its territory” as well. It noted that Les Mis is based on the musical that was launched theatrically on London’s West End and that the latest James Bond movie, which has set an all-time box office record in the U.K., is also a local product. A surprising disappointment was the single nomination for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. As the Guardian observed, several U.K. critics had predicted after it was released that the movie would “clean up” at the BAFTAS.