It looks like there's no stopping "The Artist."
The black & white silent film that scored big at both the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards this past week has apparently also charmed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. "The Artist" scored a dozen BAFTA Film Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor and Leading Actress.
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which so far has been largely ignored by other awards organizations, is close behind with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director and Adapted Screenplay. The rest of the top nominees are "Hugo" with nine nominations, "My Week With Marilyn" with six and both "The Help" and "War Horse" with five.
BAFTA provided a few surprises with its nominations this year, giving a seemingly random Supporting Actress nod to Carey Mulligan for "Drive" (and ignoring Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks) and acknowledging "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" for only Original Music and Cinematography. The very British "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" also received only technical nominations, including Production Design, Costume Design, Special Visual Effects and Makeup & Hair.
Still, it's nice to see "Hugo" get so many nominations, and "Drive" scoring nods for Best Film and Director is pretty sweet. And you have to love an awards organization that nominates "Attack the Block" for anything at all (in this case, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer). Truth.
The winners will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 12. Until then, check out the complete list of nominees for the 2012 BAFTA Film Awards.