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Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic heads into Oscar nominations with the most nods from both the Golden Globe awards and the Baftas, while Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and Ang Lee's Life of Pi trail with nine and Skyfall follows with eight

The British films Les Miserables, Tom Hooper's crowd-pleasing adaptation of the West End musical, and Skyfall, the critically acclaimed 23rd outing for James Bond, were both widely rewarded in the nominations for the British Academy film awards on Wednesday.

But the biggest number of nominations went to Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's biopic of the 16th president, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. That film, which opens in the UK on 25 January, picked up 10 nominations while Les Miserables took nine and Skyfall eight (although the Bond film failed to make the best film category).

Lincoln therefore heads into the Oscar race (which begins proper on Thursday when the nominations are announced) as clear frontrunner, »

- Catherine Shoard

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