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article imageGolden Globes: 'Lincoln' leads with seven nominations

Beverly Hills - Hollywood got up early this morning awaiting news of the Golden Globe nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations at around 5:34 a.m. PT in order to get that news out.
The leader in nominations was "Lincoln" with seven, followed by "Argo" and "Django Unchained" with five apiece.
The HFPA is just that, the foreign press, and they try to set the stage for what is to come as Oscars roll out. But, they are the foreign press, and that means, they may slightly lean the direction of those films across the pond. That is to be expected and welcomed, but over the years, the barometer and the prestige has taken a hit.
And now with the Oscars nominations being handed out before the Golden Globes air live, the urgency and excitement for many has waned, slightly. Nevertheless, the Globes has been called the party and the Oscars are business. And the two mix well, but with the Globes having a musical/comedy and drama category, plus TV, this is a different event.
What emerges is two best pictures heading into the conversation as the season progresses.
A few reactions from the nominees, courtesy of The Wrap.
Kathyrn Bigelow of "Zero Dark Thirty," noted, "We’re grateful and encouraged by their support, especially since our film has such a diverse, international cast, and as the HFPA represent so many countries across the globe."
Wes Anderson of "Moonrise Kingdom", said, in part: "The Hollywood Foreign Press has brightened a bleak snowy day in Germany for me."
Movie nominees
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Notes: Where is "Beasts of the Southern Wild"? It will be here come Oscar time, but not with HFPA. Perhaps they simply forgot? After watching "Django Unchained," the swearing, even for effect, is a bit much, yet the love for the violence of its director continues (see director category).
BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Miserables"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Notes: This may make people want to go to Yemen to fish, but, this category did have to be fleshed to five. Gaining momentum is "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" as it nabbed a SAG this week as well.
BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Ang Li, "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Notes: Like Oscar, does this category tell who will win best picture? Kind of hard, here, because it has two categories. But, take these five and match them up with best motion picture. No musical or comedies in here so, a "Les Miserable" win without its director will happen. But, in drama, this is solid.
BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Richard Gere, "Arbitrage"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
Notes: Another momentum builder for Washington as he got a SAG, too. Two in one week bodes well for Oscar nominations. Not a win, just a nomination. Not a surprise from the HFPA for Richard Gere, though. But, Hawkes, like Washington, are gaining steam.
BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Marion Cotillard, "Rust & Bone"
Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"
Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"
Notes: Watts gets a SAG after getting nowhere before so she is here to stay in this category. Again, the HFPA and Mirren is not shocker. She could read the phone book and get a nod from them. So could Judi Dench. Nice ad in here for Cotillard.
BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
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"
Note: Oh, here is Dench. What a surprise.
BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jack Black, "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Ewan McGregor, "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen"
Bill Murray, "Hype Park On Hudson"
Notes: Murray gets love from the Globes. Which means two presidents are nominated in different categories.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "The Master"
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"
Notes: Hunt's film was made for these awards. It worked.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Notes: Waltz has good luck with Tarantino.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Amour"
"A Royal Affair"
"The Intouchables"
"Kon-Tiki"
"Rust and Bone"
Notes: "Amour" has all the votes right now but "Rust and Bone" getting last minute push.
BEST SCREENPLAY
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Lincoln"
"Django Unchained"
"Argo"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Notes: Actors needs words. Just look at the award shows when they try to ad-lib.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"Anna Karenina"
"Argo"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
Note: John Williams with "Lincoln" is a match made in movie heaven but "Argo" is haunting.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"Hotel Transylvania"
"Rise of the Guardians"
"Wreck-It-Ralph"
Notes: Not all of these, for a change, were a success at the box office - yet. "Frankenweenie" will not get there but "Rise of the Guardians" might.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"For You"
"Not Running Anymore"
"Safe and Sound"
"Skyfall"
"Suddenly"
Note: Adele needs more success and just may add this to it.
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