Bafta nominations 2013: Lincoln sets stage for celebration of Us history

The combined mystique of Daniel Day-Lewis and Abraham Lincoln is set to overwhelm more offbeat competition

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln predictably leads the way in this year's Bafta nomination list with 10 nods, with Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Skyfall and Argo crowding in behind. A surprise awards contender, perhaps, given its cool critical reception, is Joe Wright's version of Anna Karenina with six nominations.

Lincoln is an awards-season movie through and through – that brooding poster image of Daniel Day-Lewis's president in profile, lost in thought, dealing with the burdens of history and command, hammers home the sheer granite importance of what is being dramatised. Academy voters know that this is a film they can support in good faith. In its way, Ben Affleck's suspense thriller Argo, about the 1979 hostage crisis, is every bit as fiercely patriotic and it is now poised to become the wild card success of this year's awards season.
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