Steven Spielberg's historical motion picture
Lincoln, about the American president's final days in office, and the
the musical epic Les Miserables, set in the French Revolution, led
the Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday by the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles.
Lincoln was nominated in the category Best Picture Drama along with Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.
Lincoln received nominations in three other categories: best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best screenplay and best original score. The political thriller Argo also received a total of four nominations in the categories best movie, best director, best screenplay and best score.
Les Miserables was nominated in the Best Picture Comedy or Musical category along with Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook. Les Miserables also was nominated in the best actor in a musical or comedy category.
The nominees for best director are Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Li for Life of Pi, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.
In the best actor category the association chose performances by Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, Richard Gere in Arbitrage, John Hawkes in The Sessions, Joaquin Phoenix in The Master and Denzel Washington in Flight for the award.
Best actress nominees go to Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone, Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, Naomi Watts in The Impossible and Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea.
The best actor nominees in a comedy or musical are Jack Black in Bernie, Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson.
The nominees for best actress in a comedy or musical are Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Judy Dench in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Maggie Smith in Quartet and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs.
The best foreign language film nominees are Amour, A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Kon-Tiki and Rust and Bone.
Similar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, the association also nominates five actors and actresses for their supporting roles, five screenplays, five animated films, five scores and five songs.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association differs from the Academy Awards in that it also recognizes television productions, presenting Golden Globe awards in the categories best TV drama, best actor and best actress in a TV drama, best TV comedy or musical and best actor and best actress in a TV comedy or musical.
The nominations are made by a group of about 80 mostly freelance writers who belong to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They came a day after nominees for Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled.
The Golden Globes have become the second most important recognition in Hollywood after the Oscars. The award itself is a golden statue in the shape of a globe.
The January 13 Golden Globe ceremony will be the 70th edition of the gala event and will be hosted by comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
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