The BAFTAs have a two-part nominating process with the final contenders announced on Jan. 17 culled from the longlist released Friday.
Unlike the Oscars where nominations are determined by each branch, the entire BAFTA membership decides the nominees. To guide members in the second phase of voting now underway, the top five picks of the respective chapters are designated on the longlist. (This is not done for Best Picture or Best British Film.)
These chapter choices are a good barometer of the eventual nominees. Last year, "The King's Speech" had 12 of its 14 longlist mentions rate in the top five and all were nominated. "Black Swan" landed 10 of its 14 longlist candidates in the top five and all reaped bids as did one of its longshots.
Three British films lead this year's total longlist mentions: "My Week with Marilyn" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at 16 each and "The Iron Lady" with 14. However, none of these has the depth of support of "The Artist" which merited the most mentions in the top five.
The Oscar frontrunner placed 10 of its 12 chapter mentions in this top tier: Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Actress (Berenice Bejo), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up/Hair and Score.
"Hugo" landed nine of its 11 chapter mentions in the top five: Director (Martin Scorsese), Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up/Hair, Score, Sound and Visual Effects.
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" saw just eight of its 14 chapter mentions make the top five: Director (Tomas Alfredson), Actor (Gary Oldman), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Score and Sound.
"My Week with Marilyn" went six for 14: Actress (Michelle Williams), Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh), Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Supporting Actress (Zoe Wanamaker), Costumes, and Make-up/Hair.
"The Help" was five for 11: Actress (Viola Davis), Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Supporting Actress (Bryce Dallas Howard), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Adapted Screenplay.
"War Horse" managed only three of 11: Production Design, Score and Sound.
"Drive" went just three for 10: Director (Nicolas Winding Refn), Cinematography and Editing.
"Moneyball" had a batting average of three out of seven: Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Adapted Screenplay.
For "The Iron Lady," only two of 12 mentions look likely to be elected: Actress (Meryl Streep) and Make-up/Hair.
Likewise, "The Ides of March" placed just two of 10: Supporting Actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Adapted Screenplay.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" conjured up top slots for two of its nine mentions: Production Design and Visual Effect.
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" went two for eight: Director (Lynne Ramsay) and Actress (Tilda Swinton).
"The Descendants" was two for six: Actor (George Clooney) and Adapted Screenplay.