01/18/2012 AT 03:00 PM EST
Awards season is in full swing and this year’s frontrunners are already becoming obvious – in England as well as America.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts
have announced the new nominees, including,
Golden Globe winners
– George Clooney
, Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams
and Meryl Streep.
Meanwhile, the silent, black-and-white homage The Artist
is quickly becoming the film to beat, leading the BAFTAs with 12 nominations, including best film, as well as acting nods for its two stars, Dujardin
and Berenice Bejo.
Joining Dujardin and Clooney (The Descendants
) in the best actor category are Michael Fassbender (Shame
), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
) and Brad Pitt
Streep and Williams will go head to head for best actress for their portrayals of Margaret Thatcher
and Marilyn Monroe
in The Iron Lady
and My Week with Marilyn
, respectively. Rounding out the category are Bejo, Viola Davis (The Help
) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin
Golden Globe winners Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer
are among those vying for supporting actor and actress awards, for Beginners
and The Help
Receiving the organization's Academy Fellowship this year will be Martin Scorsese, who is also up for best director for Hugo
Golden Globe winners The Artist
and The Descendants
were both nominated for best picture, along with Drive
, The Help
and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The BAFTA Awards will be held at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 12.
For a full list of nominations, click here