Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led the nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced this morning in Hollywood.
The film -- which also led the nominations for the Critics Choice and SAG Awards earlier this week -- is quickly assuming frontrunner status in the Oscar race. It took nominations for best picture (drama), best director, best screenplay, best original score as well as acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Not far behind was the somewhat surprising nomination haul of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which many were writing off as a bonafide awards season contender (it was totally snubbed at the SAGs). It received 5 nominations here, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, and acting nods for both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz in the supporting actor category.
"Django" and "Lincoln" were joined by Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Ben Affleck's "Argo" (which tied "Django" with 5 nods) in the best picture (drama) category. The directors of all five films made up the best director category, which snubbed the best picture (comedy/musical) contenders altogether, most notably Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables") and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook").
"Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings" each recieved four nominations despite their director category snubs, including acting mentions for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway ("Les Mis") and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings"). However, in perhaps the most glaring omission of the announcement, "Silver Linings" supporting actor Robert DeNiro was left off the list in favor of Alan Arkin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the aforementioned "Django" boys.
Other major acting snubs included Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike"), Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Maggie Smith ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), Anthony Hopkins ("Hitchcock") and Javier Bardem ("Skyfall"). Of those, only Smith and Bardem received SAG nominations, making it an uphill battle to an Oscar nod for the other four (though most years one or two actors manage to get an Oscar nomination without SAG or Globe mentions beforehand. See Gary Oldman and Max von Sydow last year).
As for surprising inclusions, Nicole Kidman continued her very unexpected path to a possible Oscar bid for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy." After coming out of nowhere to receive a nomination at the SAGs yesterday, Kidman nabbed a Globe mention as well (alongside a TV nom for "Hemmingway & Gellhorn" and a nod for her husband Keith Urban in best original song), suggesting the Academy could very well follow suit.
The Academy is unlikely to follow suit, however, with the bizarre domination of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" at the Globes. Certainly no one predicted its acting nominations for Ewan McGregor or Emily Blunt, or its nod for best picture (comedy/musical). "Salmon Fishing" ended up with just as many nominations as Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
The Golden Globes -- hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (both nominees in the TV categories) -- will go down January 13, 2013.
Complete list of nominees:
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Li, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
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
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, Hyde Park on Hudson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Tom Tyker, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
Michael Danna, Life of Pi
John Williams, Lincoln
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Rise of the Guardians
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"For You" (Act of Valor)
"Not Running Anymore" (Stand Up Guys)
"Safe and Sound" (The Hunger Games)
"Suddenly" (Les Miserables)
Continue to the next page for the television nominations.