As the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe Award nominations this morning, Lincoln came out with the most nods in the Film category. The Steven Spielberg-directed drama received a total of seven nods for a portrait of the Civil War-era president.
Popular and well-received films such as The Dark Knight and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were shut out. In the TV category, favourites Mad Men and The Walking Dead were surprising shut-outs as well.
Ben Affleck's Argo and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained got five nominations each.
Lincoln is joined in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category by: Argo (Iran hostage story), Life of Pi (shipwreck story), Django Unchained (western/slavery/revenge story) and Zero Dark Thirty (the hunt for Osama Bin Laden thriller)
Lincoln's seven nominations came in most of the big categories which include: Directing (Spielberg), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role) Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field as Mary Lincoln) and Tommy Lee Jones and Best Screenplay (Tony Kushner)
Award-favourite Day-Lewis will face tough competition from other actors who gave powerful perfomances this year: Joaquin Phoenix in The Master, John Hawkes in The Sessions, Richard Gere, in Arbitrage, and Denzel Washington in Flight.
The category for best dramatic film actress is also extremely tight and includes some heavy-hitters and past A-list winners: Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone. Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Naomi Watts in The Impossible and Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea.
The Directors' nomination list reads like a who's-who of the A-list directors working today. All the directors of the films nominated for Best Dramatic film have scored nominations along with Spielberg: Ben Affleck for Argo, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained. This will be a tough race!
Other nominations in major film categories are:
Motion Picture - Best Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables; Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook
Best Animated Feature Film
Brave, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-it-Ralph.
Best Performance by an Actreess in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Maggie Smith in Quartet and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Jack Black in Bernie, Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables, Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson.
Best performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin in Argo, Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained, Philip Seymor Hoffman in The Master, Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained.
Best performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams in The Master, Sally Field in Lincoln, Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables, Helen Hunt in The Sessions and Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy.
The awards will be announced on Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. For a full list of nominations including the TV categories, check out The Golden Globes site.