Spielberg epic setto dazzle at Globes

Steven Spielberg’s US Civil War epic Lincoln led the Golden Globes with seven nominations, among them best drama, best director for Spielberg, and acting honours 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 put forward by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 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.

Globe attention can give contenders a boost for Hollywood’s top honours, the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out on Jan 10, three days before the Globe ceremony.

The directing lineup was entirely from dramatic films, with Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg, and Tarantino all in the running.

“It’s very gratifying to get this many nominations from the HFPA for a film I worked so hard on and am so passionate about. I look forward to having fun at the Golden Globes with my cast mates and fellow nominees,” said Tarantin.

Along with Day-Lewis who plays 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.

For musical or comedy actress, the lineup is Emily Blunt as a consultant for a Middle Eastern sheikh in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; Judi Dench as a widow who retires overseas in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Jennifer Lawrence as a young widow in a new romance in Silver Linings Playbook; Maggie Smith as an aging singer in a retirement home in Quartet; and Meryl Streep as a wife trying to save her marriage in Hope Springs.

Nominees for musical or comedy actor are Jack Black as a solicitous mortician in Bernie; Bradley Cooper as a troubled man fresh out of a mental hospital in Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman as the long-suffering hero Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Ewan McGregor as a British fisheries expert in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; and Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson.

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 mesmerising 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.

Best TV comedy series nominees are The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Girls, Modern Family and Smash.

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