If you’re in a position to give out prestigious awards, chances are you’re partial to The Artist. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handed out their nominations for 2011′s best films, and leading the pack was Michael Hazanavicius‘ silent film with 12 nominations. Close behind were Tomas Alfredson‘s spy-thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (11 nominations), and Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo (9 nominations). However, Hugo is not in the race for Best Film. The Artist and Tinker Tailor will competed against The Help (boo), The Descendants (expected), and Drive (yay!). Drive also netted nominations for Best Director (Nicolas Winding Refn), Best Supporting Actress (Carey Mulligan), and Best Editing (Mat Newman), but strangely no nomination for Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor.
There are some fun nominations scattered around the BAFTA nods, so hit the jump to check out the full list. The 2012 BAFTA Awards will be handed out on February 12th.