‘Lincoln’ leads Golden Globe with 7 nominations

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Steven Spielberg’s presidential drama “Lincoln” topped the Golden Globes nominations Thursday with nods in seven categories, followed by “Argo” and “Django Unchained” with five each.

“Les Miserables,” romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” and Osama bin Laden hunt movie “Zero Dark Thirty” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow were tied in third place with four nominations each.

The announcements come as Hollywood’s annual awards season kicks into gear, after the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations announced Wednesday, in which “Lincoln” and romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” were joint leaders.

Best drama Globe nominees are Iran hostage crisis thriller “Argo,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi” by Ang Lee and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

In the running for best comedy or musical are Indian-themed “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom, and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” starring Ewan McGregor

Best actor nominees are Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Denzel Washington for piloting “Flight,” Richard Gere for “Arbitrage,” John Hawkes for “The Sessions” and Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master.”

As expected Jessica Chastain is shortlisted for her CIA agent role in “Zero Dark Thirty,” up against Britain’s Helen Mirren for “Hitchcock,” France’s Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone,” Naomi Watts for Indian Ocean tsunami drama “The Impossible” and Rachel Weisz for “The Deep Blue Sea.”

The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), will be held on January 13 in Beverly Hills. The Oscars, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season, will be held on February 24.

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