Date: 17th January 2012

The Artist leads Bafta nominations

Artist, The (2011) leads this year's Baftas with 12 nominations, including best film and best director.

Its two stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, are in the running for best actor and actress.

British Cold War-era spy movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) is close behind The Artist, with 11 nominations.

Meryl Streep is nominated for best actress in Iron Lady, The (2011), with George Clooney among best actor hopefuls.

Streep and Bejo are up against Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011), Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Help, The (2011) Viola Davis.

Clooney and Dujardin take on Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011), Gary Oldman for Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy and Shame (2011) Michael Fassbender.

Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011) has nine nominations - Scorsese gains a nod for best director, while his other recent film, George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011), is up for best documentary.

Other movies in the running for best film are Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, Descendants, The (2011), Drive and The Help.

Source: Press Release



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