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Dec 14, 2012

By Brian Truitt and Scott Bowles


With less than a month to go until the Oscar nominations are revealed, Hollywood is circling its favorites.

Golden Globe nominations Thursday for Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misrables and Argo, when added to their Critics Circle and SAG recognition this week, makes them front-runners when the academy announces its slate Jan. 10.

Lincoln is looking especially presidential: It led the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations, and it tied with the comedy-leaning Silver Linings Playbook for the most Screen Actors Guild Award nods. The musical Les Misrables and the Iranian hostage drama Argo also snagged Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations for best picture and SAG honors for cast performance (that ceremony's equivalent).

With SAG cast and Globe nominations, Judi Dench and fellow actors in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are building momentum for that film as well, and it could be a dark horse for a best-picture Oscar nomination.

The Globe nominations also give new life to Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's latest, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Zero and Django were shut out of best-picture nominations by the Screen Actors Guild.

Life of Pi, Moonrise Kingdom and, surprisingly, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen filled out the Globes' best- comedy/drama slates.

The earliest Oscar buzz pegged Daniel Day-Lewis as the man to beat in the lead-actor field, and that's holding true to form as he collected a Globe nomination along with SAG and Critics' Choice accolades for his performance as Abraham Lincoln. But Bradley Cooper is sticking with him, nomination-for-nomination, as one-half of the Philly couple in Silver Linings Playbook. So is Hugh Jackman as the dynamic Jean Valjean of Les Misrables.

Jennifer Lawrence, Cooper's partner in Silver Linings Playbook, is lining up for an Oscar run for lead actress, and Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) all join her with Globe, SAG and Critics' Choice nominations. Hitchcock actress Helen Mirren has been an Oscar favorite over the years and has Globe and SAG nominations, but a surprise could still come from 9-year-old Quvenzhan Wallis of the acclaimed indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, who got a Critics' Choice nomination.

Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2012

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