Silent movie The Artist led the BAFTA nominations on Tuesday picking up 12, one ahead of British Cold War-era spy movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with 11.

The nominations for the BAFTAs, Britain's top film honours and the most closely watched movie awards outside the United States, come a week before the Oscar shortlists are unveiled. The BAFTAs are awarded in London on February 12.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White)