Golden Globes go big with heavy lineup of studio films

  • Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 12:04 a.m.
This image released by CBS Films shows Ewan McGregor in a scene from the film, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy or musical, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. McGregor was nominated for best actor in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/CBS Films)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A fairly predictable Golden Globes lineup has one thing that has become more rare in awards season — a solid presence of big studio favorites to balance the independent films that have come to dominate the competition in recent years.

Steven Spielberg's Civil War saga “Lincoln,” with no fewer than three major studios behind it, led the Globe field Thursday with seven nominations, including best drama, a category fleshed out by four other big-talent, Hollywood-backed films — Ben Affleck's Iran hostage-crisis thriller “Argo”; Quentin Tarantino's slave-turned-bounty-hunter tale “Django Unchained”; Ang Lee's shipwreck adventure “Life of Pi”; and Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden manhunt story “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Quite a departure from much of the past decade, when smaller films such as “The Artist,” “Crash,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King's Speech” and Bigelow's “The Hurt Locker” have walked off with top honors.

“There's been a sense that the studios weren't interested in making more complicated dramas and a variety of movies,” said “Lincoln” producer Kathleen Kennedy. “To see the studios step up and start to support stories like this is fantastic.”

“I think it speaks to risks that studios are more willing to take now and interest on the part of filmmakers and studios to do something different, surprise the audience,” Affleck said. “I'm really encouraged by that, the idea that the next time I want to make a movie about Iran that takes place in the '70s, and it's sort of an adult drama, that I won't be met with rolled eyes.”

Studio films also account for a good share of the acting nominees, among them “Lincoln” stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; “Zero Dark Thirty” lead player Jessica Chastain, “Django Unchained” co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, “Argo” co-star Alan Arkin, and Denzel Washington for the airline drama “Flight.”

The Globes are Hollywood's second-highest honors after the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 10, three days before the Globe ceremony.

Golden Globe nominations
Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:
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Picture, Drama: “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi,” “Django Unchained,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”; John Hawkes, “The Sessions”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”; Denzel Washington, “Flight.”
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.”
Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo”; Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”; Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”; Jack Black, “Bernie”; Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”; Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: 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.”
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Argo”; Leonard DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”; Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “The Master”; Sally Field, “Lincoln”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”; Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”; Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy.”
Foreign Language: “Amour,” “A Royal Affair,” “The Intouchables,” “Kon-Tiki,” “Rust and Bone.”
Animated Film: “Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Screenplay: Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Livings Playbook”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”; Chris Terrio, “Argo.”
Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”; Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”; Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”; Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”; John Williams, “Lincoln.”
Original Song: “For You “ (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), “Act of Valor”; “Not Running Anymore” (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), “Stand Up Guys”; “Safe & Sound” (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), “The Hunger Games”; “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adel and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall”; “Suddenly” (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), “Les Miserables.”
TELEVISION
Series, Drama: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “The Newsroom.”
Actor, Drama: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Damian Lewis, “Homeland.”
Actress, Drama: Connie Britton, “Nashville”; Glenn Close, “Damages”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife.”
Series, Musical or Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Episodes,” “Girls,” “Modern Family,” “Smash.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”; Lena Dunham, “Girls”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”; Louis C.K. “Louie”, Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory.”
Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change,” “The Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “The Hour,” “Political Animals.”
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”; Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”; Sienna Miller, “The Girl”; Julianne Moore, “Game Change”; Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals.”
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock (Masterpiece)”; Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”; Toby Jones, “The Girl”; Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”; Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”; Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”; Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family.”
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Max Greenfield, “New Girl”; Ed Harris, “Game Change”; Danny Huston, “Magic City”; Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”; Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family.”
Previously announced:
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Jodie Foster.

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