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“Lincoln” Leads Golden Globes Race With Seven Nominations

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Despite the early show of strength by “Zero Dark Thirty” at the start of the awards season, “Lincoln” is emerging as the dominant movie in the race toward the Oscars.

Steven Spielberg’s movie about Abraham Lincoln’s campaign to abolish slavery received seven Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning. It leads the field ahead of “Argo” and “Django Unchained,” which accrued five nominations each. Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden received four nods, as did “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Les Misérables.”

The nominations for Best Drama are “Argo,” “Django Unchained” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The nominations for Best Musical or Comedy are “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Mis,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

On this evidence, “The Hobbit” is facing an awards shutout, yet it should get among the technical Oscars. Likewise “Cloud Atlas.”

The omission of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” from the Drama nominees would suggest that the HFPA is resistant to films that are dark, subtle, and challenging, and yet the movie’s three stars were all nominated: Joaquin Phoenix as Best Actor in a Drama and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories.

Phoenix, who has gone out of his way not to court awards recognition, was nominated with the odds-on favorite Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”), John Hawkes (“The Sessions”), and Denzel Washington (“Flight”).

The Best Actress in a Drama nominees are the favorite Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”), and Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”). Repeating the decision of the Screen Actors Guild nominations earlier in the week, Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”) was acknowledged as a Best Supporting Actress instead of as Best Actress.

“L’Amour”’s Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant were snubbed by the HFPA, though Michael Haneke’s drama was nominated as a Best Foreign Language Film, along with “The Intouchables,” “A Royal Affair,” “Rust and Bone,” and “Kon-Tiki.” Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors” was clearly a bizarro limousine-ride too far for the organization’s voters.

The Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy nominees are Emily Blunt (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), Judi Dench (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – she was overlooked for her supporting turn in “Skyfall”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Maggie Smith (“Quartet”), and Meryl Streep (“Hope Springs”).

The Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy nominees are Jack Black (“Bernie”), Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Mis”), Ewan McGregor (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), and Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson” – which is only marginally a comedy).

The Best Director nominees mirror the Best Picture choices:  Spielberg, Bigelow, Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), and Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”). There’s no love, then, for Anderson, Tom Hooper (“Les Mis”), David O. Russell (who was given a screenwriting nod for “Silver Linings Playbook”), or Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom”).

In the television section, the Best Drama nominees are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” and “The Newsroom.”

“Quartet” nominee Smith, 77, doubled up again. For demonstrating an acid tongue in “Downton Abbey,” she was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie. SAG nominated her as Best Supporting Actress for both “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Downton Abbey,” which were also nominated for their ensemble casts.

The Golden Globes will be presented  on Sunday, January 13. The hosts are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Each was nominated in the Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy – Fey for “30 Rock,” Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” Presumably, they will script in advance some tart one-liners in the event that one of then is Globed.

Full list of Golden Globes nominations:

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz – “The Deep Blue Sea”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith – “Quartet”
Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”
Bill Murray – “Hyde Park On Hudson”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise Of The Guardians”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

“Silver Linings Playbook” by David O. Russell
“Zero Dark Thirty” by Mark Boal
“Argo” by Chris Terrio
“Lincoln” by Tony Kushner
“Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Mychael Danna – “Life of Pi”
Alexandre Desplat – “Argo”
Dario Marianelli – “Anna Karenina”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil – “Cloud Atlas”
John Williams – “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“Skyfall” – “Skyfall” – Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth; Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth
“For You” – “Act of Valor” – Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban; Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
“Not Running Anymore” – “Standup Guys” – Music by: Jon Bon Jovi; Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi
“Safe and Sound” – “Hunger Games” – Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett; Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
“Suddenly” – “Les Miserables” – Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyrics by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Amour” (Austria)
“The Intouchables” (France)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“Rust and Bone” (France)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey: Season 2″ (PBS)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“The Newsroom” (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

Connie Britton – “Nashville”
Glenn Close – “Damages”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis – “Homeland”

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY

Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

BEST ACTOR, TV SERIES COMEDY

Alec Baldwin -”30 Rock”
Don Cheadle -”House of Lies”
Louis C.K.- “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

“Game Change” (HBO)
“The Girl” (HBO)
“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
“The Hour” (BBC America)
“Political Animals” (USA)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessican Lange – “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller – “The Girl”
Julianne Moore – “Game Change”
Sigorney Weaver – “Political Animals”

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
Woody Harrelson – “Game Change”
Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Toby Jones – “The Girl”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE

Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson – “Game Change”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Sofía Vergara – “Modern Family”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
Ed Harris – “Game Change”
Danny Huston – “Magic City”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”

CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD

Jodie Foster

Image: Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”/Film Frame – © 2012 – DreamWorks II Distribution Co.

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