Daniel Day-Lewis' historical drama Lincoln will be the movie to beat at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards after scoring a massive 10 nominations.
The film, which is hotly tipped for glory at the upcoming Academy Awards, was unveiled as the favorite when the BAFTA nominations were announced by actors Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine in London on Wednesday morning.
The haul of 10 nominations puts Lincoln ahead of Les Miserables and Life of Pi, which both scored nine nods from the British Academy.
All three will compete for the coveted Best Film prize, along with Ben Affleck's Argo and Kathryn Bigelow's gritty drama Zero Dark Thirty, while Day-Lewis heads up the Leading Actor category along with Affleck, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).
In the Leading Actress category, Zero Dark Thirty's star Jessica Chastain will go up against Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Oscar winners Marion Cotillard (Rust And Bone) and Helen Mirren (Hitchcock).
The best director award will be a tough race between Affleck, Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) and Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty).
Another hotly-tipped contender at the upcoming prizegiving is Bond blockbuster Skyfall, which has secured nominations for Judi Dench (Supporting Actress) and Javier Bardem (Supporting Actor), while the movie is also nominated in categories for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.
The nominations top a stellar year for 007 after Skyfall became the first ever Bond movie to break the billion dollar mark at the global box office.
The trophies will be handed out during a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on 10 February. The show will be hosted by actor/funnyman Stephen Fry.
The main nominees are as follows:
Life Of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Outstanding British Film:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ben Affleck - Argo
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Ang Lee - Life Of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
Ben Affleck - Argo
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Dame Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust And Bone
Alan Arkin - Argo
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Amy Adams - The Master
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Judi Dench - Skyfall
Sally Field - Lincoln
Orange Rising Star Award: