2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

  • Publish Date: December 13, 2012
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Movie nominations: Gone fishin'

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Films with Most Nominations
1 Lincoln 7 noms
2 Argo 5 noms
  Django Unchained 5 noms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning, and Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western Django Unchained was one of the morning's biggest winners, receiving its first big boost of the awards season so far with five total nominations.

Lincoln—certainly one of the favorites for both the Golden Globes and the Oscars heading into the morning—cemented its frontrunner status by leading all films with seven nominations. Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, a film that has been collecting awards at a rapid pace over the past few weeks, hauled in another four nominations from the HFPA, while Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi, and Les Miserables also boosted their Oscar hopes with strong showings, including best picture nominations.

Of course, it wouldn't be the Golden Globe nominations without some head-scratching selections. HFPA members are apparently the only moviegoers to see Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (box office gross: $9 million), awarding the under-the-radar spring dramedy three nominations, including best picture. That ups the film's total nominations haul this awards season to ... well, three. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel also snuck into the best picture (comedy or musical) race, while that film's star, Maggie Smith, earned two total nominations on the morning—though neither one, oddly enough, was for that film. Nicole Kidman's nomination for the oft-ridiculed The Paperboy is also a bit surprising, though it is not without precedent; she received a SAG Award nomination for the same role yesterday. (Kidman, like Smith, received two Golden Globe nominations today, one each for TV and film.)

Who was left out? Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, for one. The Master earned three acting nominations, but none for best picture or for director Paul Thomas Anderson. Indie buzz film Beasts of the Southern Wild was completely (and unexpectedly) shut out, while crowd-pleasers such as The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall also couldn't crack the major categories. The latter did manage one nomination in the song category, while one-time awards hopeful Anna Karenina also was held to just one music nomination (for its score). Finally, the critically acclaimed drama Amour failed to earn any nominations outside of the foreign film category.

The full list of film nominations is below.

Best Picture Nominations, 70th Annual Golden Globes
Best Drama Metascore   Best Comedy or Musical Metascore
Argo 86   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 62
Django Unchained 79*   Les Miserables 56*
Life of Pi 78   Moonrise Kingdom 84
Lincoln 86   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 58
Zero Dark Thirty 98*   Silver Linings Playbook 81

* Film not yet in theaters; Metascore will likely change as more reviews are published.

Other Film Nominations, 70th Annual Golden Globes
Best Director
  • Ben Affleck Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Best Lead Actor - Drama
  • Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
  • Richard Gere Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix The Master
  • Denzel Washington Flight
Best Lead 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 Lead 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 Lead 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 Supporting Actor
  • Alan Arkin Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams The Master
  • Sally Field Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman The Paperboy
Best Screenplay
  • Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tony Kushner Lincoln
  • David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
  • Chris Terrio Argo
Best Foreign-Language Film
  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone
Best Animated Feature
  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It-Ralph
Best Original Score
  • Michael Danna Life of Pi
  • Alexandre Desplat Argo
  • Dario Marianelli Anna Karenina
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil Cloud Atlas
  • John Williams Lincoln
Best Original Song
  • "For You" Act of Valor
  • "Not Running Anymore" Stand Up Guys
  • "Safe and Sound" The Hunger Games
  • "Skyfall" Skyfall
  • "Suddenly" Les Miserables

TV nominations: Mad Men is no Smash with HFPA voters

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Shows with Most Nominations
1 Game Change (HBO) 5 noms
2 Homeland (Showtime) 4 noms
3 Downton Abbey (PBS) 3 noms
  The Girl (HBO) 3 noms
  Modern Family (HBO) 3 noms

In television, while last year's best series winners Homeland and Modern Family received multiple nominations again this year, it was the HBO movie Game Change that received the most nominations, with five. But the HFPA also managed to spread the bulk of this year's nominations across numerous shows, including a few newcomers. In fact, the first-year series produced some of the bigger surprises of the morning.

While HBO's Girls was expected to earn a best comedy/musical nod (which it did, along with another for star Lena Dunham), NBC's musical Smash was the unexpected name in the same category; pundits had predicted that if any first-year musical were to earn a nomination, it would have been ABC's Nashville. (The latter did pick up a couple of acting nominations, however.) On the drama side, HBO's underwhelming newcomer The Newsroom somehow earned one of the five best drama nominations, taking a spot that was expected to belong to Emmy winner Mad Men, and also edging out such shows as American Horror Story and Game of Thrones (both were nominees here last year).

The full list of TV nominations is below.

Best TV Series Nominations, 70th Annual Golden Globes
Best TV Drama Nominees   Best TV Comedy or Musical Nominees
Breaking Bad (AMC)   The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)   Episodes (Showtime)
Downton Abbey (PBS)   Girls (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)   Modern Family (ABC)
The Newsroom (HBO)   Smash (NBC)
Other TV Nominations, 70th Annual Golden Globes
Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie
Best Lead Actor - Drama
  • Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis Homeland
Best Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
  • Alec Baldwin 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle House of Lies
  • Louis C.K. Louie
  • Matt LeBlanc Episodes
  • Jim Parson The Big Bang Theory
Best Lead Actor - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Kevin Costner Hatfields & McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson Game Change
  • Toby Jones The Girl
  • Clive Owen Hemingway & Gellhorn
Best Lead Actress - Drama
  • Connie Britton Nashville
  • Glenn Close Damages
  • Claire Danes Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies The Good Wife
Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
  • Zooey Deschanel New Girl
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep
  • Lena Dunham Girls
  • Tina Fey 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation
Best Lead Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Nicole Kidman Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Jessica Lange American Horror Story
  • Sienna Miller The Girl
  • Julianne Moore Game Change
  • Sigourney Weaver Political Animals
Best Supporting Actor
  • Max Greenfield New Girl
  • Ed Harris Game Change
  • Danny Huston Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet Modern Family
Best Supporting Actress
  • Hayden Panettiere Nashville
  • Archie Panjabi The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson Game Change
  • Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara Modern Family

More to come

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on January 13, 2013 at 8p ET/5p PT, with competing best actress (TV comedy) nominees Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sharing hosting duties for the first time.

Don't forget to keep up with all of this year's film awards and nominations with our 2012 Film Awards Scorecard.

Comments (5)

  • Critic2012  

    Daniel Day-Lewis is getting the Best Lead Actor win- easily. His performance in Lincoln was phenomenal. And I'm betting on Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook... but come on, people. No Dark Knight Rises?

  • Boozerx7  

    where is mad men?!?!

  • Montez  

    I'm for another win from Bigelow and Boal!

  • rebel6794  

    Woww... Nice job this year, HFPA. Bang-up good job. Maybe this is a testament to the fact that there were just too many fantastic movies. But no Beasts of the Southern Wild, though? No Judi Dench? No Zimmer score? C'mon..

  • LamontRaymond  

    It's about time that these voters finally recognize the fine work that Kurt Sutter and his team are doing with Sons of Anarchy. Is it too scary? Too spooky to reward a show about a motorcycle gang that runs Irish guns and drugs from the cartels? (Shakespeare be damned....) If so, they're missing one of the greatest shows of the last 10 years. It's almost TV's best kept secret - I was shocked to see it on the cover of Entertainment Weekly a few weeks back.

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