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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/17/2012

BAFTA nominations: ‘The Artist’ leads the field


Jean Dujardin in 'The Artist.' (AP)

Continuing to assert its award season dominance, “The Artist” was nominated for 12 BAFTA Awards today, the British equivalent of the Academy Awards.

The silent charmer — winner of the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy — was one of the five British Academy of Film and Television nominees for best film. The others: “The Descendants,” “Drive,” “The Help” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo also were nominated in the lead acting categories, while Michel Hazanavicius was recognized in the directing category alongside Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”), Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) and Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

While the Oscars don’t necessarily take their lead from the BAFTAs, there may be a few conclusions we can draw from who was included (and who was omitted) from the nominees.

There is a very good chance the best actor and actress categories at this year’s Academy Awards will look just like the BAFTA ones. The nominated actors — Dujardin, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman — and actresses — Bejo, Meryl Streep, Michaelle Williams, Tilda Swinton and Viola Davis — definitely seem like the Oscar front-runners at this point. The one exception might be Oldman, who could be edged out at the Oscars by someone like Leonardo DiCaprio.

— “Bridesmaids” definitely has a shot at some Oscar nominations.

The question on many Oscar watchers minds is: Will the Academy really nominate a movie in which a bride-to-be has a bowel movement in the middle of a street? Hey, it was good enough for the British! “Bridesmaids” was nominated for best original screenplay (along with “The Artist,” “The Guard,” “The Iron Lady” and “Midnight in Paris”) and Melissa McCarthy also received a best supporting actress nod (alongside Carey Mulligan, Jessica Chastain, Judi Dench and Golden Globe winner Octavia Spencer). No guarantee, of course, but another indication that the movie is liked well enough not to be deemed too lowbrow for consideration.

— “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is destined to get nothing but technical nominations.

All hopes for an Oscar best picture nod or a nomination for Alan Rickman seem pretty much dashed if even the British didn’t give it that kind of recognition. The final “Potter” film did receive BAFTA noms for best sound, production design, special visual effects and make-up & hair.

Read the full list of nominations on the BAFTA Web site.

By  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/17/2012

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