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'Lincoln’ leads race for British Academy Awards

By JILL LAWLESS The Associated Press

This article was published January 9, 2013 at 9:02 a.m.

— Historical bio-pic Lincoln leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations including best picture and best actor — but nothing for director Steven Spielberg.

Epic musical Les Miserables and boy-meets-tiger saga Life of Pi received nine nominations each Wednesday for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

James Bond adventure Skyfall got eight — rare awards recognition for an action movie — and Iran hostage thriller Argo took seven.

Lincoln focuses on the last months in the life of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, as he struggled to end the Civil War and pass a constitutional amendment banning slavery.

Britain’s Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for leading actor for his uncanny embodiment of the iconic president, and there are supporting nominations for Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Tommy Lee Jones as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens.

The best picture nominees are Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Argo and Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty.

Les Miserables is also a contender in the separate category of best British film, alongside Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Seven Psychopaths and Skyfall.

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