'The Artist, 'Tinker Tailor' up for UK film awards

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LONDON (AP) -- Buoyant silent film "The Artist" and moody spy saga "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" are among the leading contenders for the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

"The Artist" has 12 nominations and "Tinker, Tailor" 11, both including best picture and director nods.

In a diverse field not dominated by any single film, there are also multiple nominations for "My Week With Marilyn," ''The Iron Lady," ''The Help" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Nominations were announced Tuesday and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on Feb. 12. They are considered an important indicator of prospects at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles two weeks later.