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Lincoln leads in British 'Oscars' nominations, Spielberg snubbed

'Lincoln,' starring Daniel Day-Lewis, got 10 BAFTA nominations, the British version of the Academy Awards. 'Les Miserables' and 'Life of Pi' followed with nine BAFTA nominations each, while the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall", garnered eight.

Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln." The Civil War epic received 12 Oscar nominations.

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 "Lincoln", the story of US President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, won 10 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it ahead of the pack at Britain's top film honors.

The biopic was shortlisted in categories including best film, actor, supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and supporting actress (Sally Field), but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.

Added to its domination of the Golden Globe contenders going into Sunday night's awards ceremony, British critics said the film appeared to be in pole position to sweep Oscar nominations which are announced on Thursday.

"Les Miserables", the movie version of the global hit stage musical, and shipwreck saga "Life of Pi" followed with nine BAFTA nominations each, while the latest instalment of James Bond, "Skyfall", garnered eight.


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