Daniel Craig failed to garner a nomination for his third outing as James Bond, while director Sam Mendes was also overlooked on his 007 debut.
However, Skyfall did elicit eight other nominations, including outstanding British film and supporting actress and actor nods for Dame Judi Dench – in her seventh appearance as MI6 head M – and Javier Bardem for his hypnotic turn as villain Raoul Silva.
Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s biopic of the US president, leads the Bafta charge, with ten nominations including best film, leading actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and supporting actor and actress for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field.
Musical theatre adaptation Les Misérables and Ang Lee’s visual feast Life of Pi are both nominated in nine categories, while Argo – which dramatises the true story of a CIA-Canadian secret service operation in Iran in 1980 – wins six nominations, including best film, best supporting actor for Alan Arkin and both leading actor and director for Ben Affleck.
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