‘Lin­coln’ leads Golden Globes


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The nominations wrap one of the most closely watched weeks of the awards sea­son, which kicked off Mon­day with the an­nounce­ment of nominations for the Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Awards, fol­lowed by the Screen Ac­tors Guild (SAG) Award nominations.

The films and per­form­ers hon­ored this week gain front-run­ner sta­tus lead­ing up to the Academy Award nominations, which are to be an­nounced Jan. 10.

On the TV side, HBO’s drama “Game Change” — chron­i­cling Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice pres­i­den­tial run — earned the most nominations with five, in­clud­ing a best ac­tress nod for Ju­lianne Moore. “Home­land” fol­lowed with four nominations and “Downton Abbey,” “Mod­ern Fam­ily” and the TV movie “The Girl” picked up three apiece.

“Mad Men” was no­tice­ably miss­ing from the best dra­matic TV se­ries nom­i­nees, although it did pick up a nod for star Jon Hamm.

Best TV com­edy se­ries nom­i­nees are “The Big Bang The­ory,” “Episodes,” “Girls,” “Mod­ern Fam­ily” and “Smash.” TV drama picks are “Break­ing Bad,” “Board­walk Em­pire,” “Downton Abbey: Sea­son 2,” “Home­land” and “The News­room.”

Along with Day-Lewis as Abra­ham Lin­coln, best dra­matic ac­tor con­tenders are Richard Gere as a de­ceit­ful Wall Streeter in “Ar­bi­trage”; former Aus­ti­nite 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 Mideast sheik in “Salmon Fish­ing in the Ye­men”; Judi Dench as a widow who retires overseas in “The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel”; Jen­nifer Lawrence 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 Austin di­rec­tor Richard Lin­klater’s “Bernie”; Bradley Cooper as a trou­bled man fresh out of a men­tal hospi­tal in “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook”; Hugh Jack­man as Hugo’s long­suf­fer­ing 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 slave owner in “Django Un­chained”; Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man as a cult leader in “The Master”; Texas na­tive Jones as abo­li­tion­ist Thad­deus Stevens in “Lin­coln”; and Christoph Waltz as a bounty hunter in “Django Un­chained.”

The sup­port­ing ac­tress picks are Amy Adams as a cult leader’s wife in “The Master”; Field as Mary Todd Lin­coln in “Lin­coln”; Anne Hath­away as a mother fallen into pros­ti­tu­tion in “Les Mis­er­ables”; He­len Hunt as a sex­ual sur­ro­gate in “The Ses­sions”; and Ni­cole Kid­man as a trashy mis­tress of a Death Row in­mate in “The Pa­per­boy.”

“Quar­tet” star Smith also had a sec­ond nom­i­na­tion, for sup­port­ing ac­tress in a TV se­ries, minis­eries or movie for “Downton Abbey.”

Snubbed com­pletely was the low-bud­get crit­i­cal dar­ling “Beasts of the South­ern Wild,” which won top hon­ors at last Jan­uary’s Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. Also shut out was the strip­per hit “Magic Mike,” which had good buzz for Austin’s Matthew McConaughey, who also earned ac­claim for roles in “Bernie” and “Killer Joe.” An­other film to not notch a sin­gle nom­i­na­tion was “The Hob­bit,” a pre­lude to the “The Lord of the Rings” films, which all got Globe nods.

Jodie Fos­ter, a twotime Os­car and Globe win­ner for “The Ac­cused” and “The Si­lence of the Lambs,” will re­ceive the group’s Ce­cil B. DeMille Award for life­time achieve­ment.

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