Analysis: Globes noms solidify some races, bolster hopes for emerging contenders

'Lincoln' logs seven bids; acting categories look beyond SAG selections

Topping Thursday’s Golden Globes with seven nominations, “Lincoln” has once again displayed the skill of the 16th president at getting votes as the pic aims to distance itself from other contenders this awards season.

But the gap remains narrow, as three other films — Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” — also acquitted themselves well, joining Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in winning noms from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. in drama, director, screenplay and at least one acting category.

The fifth drama picture nominee, Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” almost accomplished the same feat, missing only in acting, while musical-or-comedy contender “Silver Linings Playbook” from David O. Russell fell short in director, a category that went entirely to drama with the aforementioned helmers.

Among distributors, the Weinstein Co. led all with 14 nominations, followed by Sony Pictures with 12, Touchstone with seven, Warner Bros. with six and Fox Searchlight with five.

“I can tell you the best thing about it being one of the producers of 12-12-12 concert (for Hurricane Sandy relief) is I did not need an alarm clock to wake up,” said Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, whose slate included “Django,” “Silver Linings,” three acting noms for “The Master” and nods for “Quartet,” “The Intouchables” and “Kon-Tiki.” “I got home about from the concert afterparty at about 8 a.m., walked into the room, put on the ‘Today’ show, and there were the Golden Globe nominations.”

After tying “Silver Linings” for the lead in SAG Award nominations Wednesday, “Lincoln” reigned at the Globes, earning nods for Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actress Sally Field and supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones, along with one for John Williams’ score.

“Bringing ‘Lincoln’ to the screen has been the opportunity of a lifetime and a distinct privilege,” Spielberg said in a statement. “The story is quintessentially American, but we hope it’s a movie that can speak to audiences worldwide. After all, Lincoln ended his most famous speech, as you hear at the end of our film, looking beyond national boundaries to justice and peace for all nations.”

“Argo” and “Django” each had five noms, while “Zero,” “Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings” grabbed four apiece. The latter two were nominated for top film musical or comedy with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and the biggest surprise, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” which also had lead comedy acting noms for Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.

By joining Day-Lewis, John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) and Denzel Washington (“Flight”) in the Globes’ lead drama acting category, kudo hopes were rekindled for Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) after being left out of the SAG Awards race. Similarly, Jack Black (“Bernie”) and Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”) came back to score Globes nods for comedy-musical actor alongside Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) and McGregor.

All five SAG Awards lead actress nominees found a spot in the Globes actress categories — including Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”) and Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) in drama with New York Film Critics Circle honoree Rachel Weisz of “The Deep Blue Sea.”

The other SAG actress contender, Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings”) was nommed for a musical or comedy actress Globe with Blunt, Judi Dench (“Best Exotic”), Maggie Smith (“Quartet”) and Meryl Streep (“Hope Springs”).

Notables left out of the actress competish included Keira Knightley (“Anna Karenina”), and Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”), along with Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Leslie Mann of “This Is 40.” The latter pair of films, plus “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hobbit” and “Promised Land,” were among those shut out from the Globes entirely, while “Anna Karenina,” “Amour,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Flight,” “Hitchcock” and “The Impossible” were part of a group with one nod apiece.

Smith and Globes supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”) also received smallscreen noms for “Downton Abbey” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” respectively. Weinstein said the “Quartet” recognition “means the world” to Smith.

“She told me she wanted to be romantic at her age, and the movie is very romantic,” Weinstein said.

Another individual to double up on nominations was Tarantino, who was tapped for screenplay with Kushner, Russell, Chris Terrio (“Argo”) and Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

The big news in supporting actor was that “Django” went from a shutout at the SAGs to becoming the only film with two noms in the same Globes acting category. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz each found a spot next to Alan Arkin (“Argo”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”) and Jones, ahead of such performers as Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”).

Field, Kidman, Amy Adams (“Master”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”) and Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”) will venture into the Globe supporting actress finals.

Animation nominations went to “Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” while foreign-film nods were given to “A Royal Affair,” “The Intouchables,” “Kon-Tiki” and “Rust and Bone” and “Amour,” the last two from Sony Pictures Classics.

“I’m really thrilled about (‘Rust and Bone’) because we were very disappointed France had not submitted the picture for Oscar, because we felt it had a real chance,” SPC co-prexy Michael Barker said. The recognition is valuable to foreign films by enabling them to go beyond an arthouse audience, as was the case with most recent foreign-film Oscar-winner “A Separation,” he noted.

The Globes are set for Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the kudocast on NBC. Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms made the nominations presentation. Dick Clark Prods. is producing for the 31st consecutive year, in association with the HFPA.