BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Steven Spielberg’s Civil War epic Lincoln led the Golden Globes on Thursday with seven nominations, among them best drama, best director for Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Tied for second-place with five nominations each, including best drama are Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage-crisis thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s slave-turned-bounty-hunter tale Django Unchained.
Other best-drama nominees are Ang Lee’s shipwreck story Life of Pi and Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty.
Nominated for best musical or comedy were: the British retiree adventure The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; the Victor Hugo musical Les Miserables; the first-love tale Moonrise Kingdom; the fishing romance Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; and the lost-soul romance Silver Linings Playbook.
The directing lineup came entirely from dramatic films, with Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg and Tarantino all in the running. Filmmakers behind best musical or comedy nominees were shut out for director, including Tom Hooper for Les Miserables and David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.
Along with Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s epic, best dramatic actor contenders are Richard Gere as a deceitful Wall Streeter in Arbitrage; John Hawkes as a polio victim trying to lose his virginity in The Sessions; Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy veteran under the sway of a cult leader in The Master; and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight.
Dramatic-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst hunting Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard as a whale biologist beset by tragedy in Rust and Bone; Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock’s strong-minded wife in Hitchcock; Naomi Watts as a woman caught up in a devastating tsunami in The Impossible; and Rachel Weisz as a woman ruined by an affair in The Deep Blue Sea.
Competing for supporting actor are Alan Arkin as a Hollywood producer helping a CIA operation in Argo; Leonardo DiCaprio as a cruel slave owner in Django Unchained; Philip Seymour Hoffman as a mesmerizing cult leader in The Master; Tommy Lee Jones as firebrand abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln; and Christoph Waltz as a genteel bounty hunter in Django Unchained.
The supporting-actress picks are Amy Adams as a cult leader’s devoted wife in The Master; Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln; Anne Hathaway as a mother fallen into prostitution in Les Miserables; Helen Hunt as a sexual surrogate in The Sessions; and Nicole Kidman as a trashy mistress of a death-row inmate in The Paperboy.
- Best television comedy series: The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Girls, Modern Family and Smash.
- Best television drama series: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Homeland and The Newsroom.
- Best actor in a television comedy series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Louis C.K., Louie; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.
- Best actor in a television drama series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; and Damian Lewis, Homeland.
- Best actress in a television drama series: Connie Britton, Nashville; Glenn Close, Damages; Claire Danes, Homeland; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; and Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife.
- Best actress in a television musical or comedy: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Lena Dunham, Girls; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
- Best actor in a film musical or comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables; Jack Black, Bernie; Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson; Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
- Best actress in a film 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; and Meryl Streep, Hope Springs.
- Best dramatic film: Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty.
- Foreign language film: Amour, A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Kon-Tiki, Rust and Bone.
- Best animated film: Brave, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck-It Ralph.
- Best screenplay: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty; Tony Kushner, Lincoln; David O. Russell, Silver Livings Playbook; Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained; Chris Terrio, Argo.
- Best original score: 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 miniseries or TV movie: Game Change, The Girl, Hatfields & McCoys, The Hour, Political Animals.
Best actress in a television miniseries or movie: Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum; Sienna Miller, The Girl; Julianne Moore, Game Change; Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals.
Best actor in a television miniseries or movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys; Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (Masterpiece); Woody Harrelson, Game Change; Toby Jones, The Girl; Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie: Hayden Panettiere, Nashville; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Sarah Paulson, Game Change; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.
Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or movie: Max Greenfield, New Girl; Ed Harris, Game Change; Danny Huston, Magic City; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.
The 70th annual ceremony will be Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and airing live on NBC.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.