Who will take away the prize of Best Film on February 12th?

French silent film The Artist scored 12 BAFTA nominations, including Best Film, Director (Michel Hazanavicius), and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin who took home the Golden Globe award this week.

Cold War spy movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy received 11. The adaption which is based on John Le Carre’s espionage thriller is up for Best Film, Director (Tomas Alfredson), Actor (Gary Oldman) and Adapted Screenplay.

Martin Scorcese’s new family film Hugo bagged 9 nominations including one for the man himself along with the BAFTA fellowship celebrating his life in cinema.

The Artist leads the way with 12 nominations including one for French actor Jean Dujardin.

Favourite Meryl Streep is aiming to win her second BAFTA as Best Actress for her role in The Iron Lady as British PM Margaret Thatcher, it could be a close call as Tilda Swinton put in a fine performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin. Brit Gary Oldman faces tough competition with Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and George Clooney (The Descendants) in the Best Actor category.

The films up for the coveted Best Film award are Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Artist, The Help, comedy The Descendants and crime thriller Drive.

Other notable nominations include Steven Spielberg’s War Horse which along with civil rights drama The Help obtained 5 apiece. Spielberg’s other film The Adventures of Tintin is up for Best Animated Film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final part in the hugely successful franchise has 4 nominations – make-up and hair, production design, sound and special visual effects.

The awards are always a good indicator for who is in the running for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 26th 2012.

For the full list of the 2012 BAFTA nominations visit: http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/nominees-winners-2012,2449,BA.html

The awards take place February 12th at Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, hosted by Stephen Fry.

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