‘Lincoln,’ ‘Django Unchained’ Come on Strong in Golden Globes Movie Nominations

"Argo," "Life of Pi," "Zero Dark Thirty" also land movie-drama nominations from Golden Globes voters; "Les Miz," "Silver Linings Playbook" among comedy nominees

"Lincoln," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" are the nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday.

In the Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category, nominees are "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Miserables," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led all films with seven nominations, followed by "Argo" and "Django Unchained" with five and "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" with four.

The Weinstein Company led all distributors with 14 nominations. Sony Pictures Releasing had 12 (with Sony Pictures Classics scoring another three), Touchstone seven, Warner Bros. six and Fox Searchlight five.

Also read: Golden Globe Awards Nominations: The Complete List

"Django" was one of the last films screened for the HFPA, and came on surprisingly strong, with nods for picture, director, screenplay and two supporting actors, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The scrappy independent film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was shut out, while other notable omissions were Keira Knightley ("Anna Karenina") and Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike").

Acting nominees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams ("The Master"), John Hawkes and Helen Hunt ("The Sessions") and, in surprises of sorts, Richard Gere for "Arbitrage" and Rachel Weisz for "The Deep Blue Sea."

Another surprise, though it probably shouldn't be given the HFPA's longstanding fondness for big stars in bad movies: Nicole Kidman, who picked up a supporting-actress nod for the steamy potboiler "The Paperboy" a day after landing the same nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

In the comedy acting categories, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper won nods for "Silver Linings Playbook," as did Jack Black for "Bernie," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miz" and Bill Murray for "Hyde Park on Hudson."

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" was a surprising nominee in the musical or comedy actor (Ewan McGregor), musical/comedy actress (Emily Bunt) and musical or comedy picture categories.

The best director category, perhaps, was an all-drama affair, leaving out "Les Miz" director Tom Hooper and "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell in favor of Spielberg, Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained").

Disney/Pixar dominated the animated-feature category, scoring three of the five nominees with Pixar's "Brave" and Disney's "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph." The other two were Sony Pictures Animation's "Hotel Transylvania" and DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians."

The Globes film nominees:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
ARGO

DJANGO UNCHAINED
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS LINCOLN
RICHARD GERE ARBITRAGE
JOHN HAWKES THE SESSIONS
JOAQUIN PHOENIX THE MASTER
DENZEL WASHINGTON FLIGHT

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
LES MISERABLES
MOONRISE KINGDOM
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BRAVE
FRANKENWEENIE
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
WRECK-IT RALPH

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMOUR (AUSTRIA)

A ROYAL AFFAIR (DENMARK)
THE INTOUCHABLES (FRANCE) 
KON-TIKI (NORWAY/UK/DENMARK)
RUST AND BONE (FRANCE)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
AMY ADAMS THE MASTER
SALLY FIELD LINCOLN
ANNE HATHAWAY LES MISERABLES
HELEN HUNT THE SESSIONS
NICOLE KIDMAN THE PAPERBOY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
ALAN ARKIN
ARGO
LEONARDO DICAPRIO DJANGO UNCHAINED
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN THE MASTER
TOMMY LEE JONES LINCOLN
CHRISTOPH WALTZ DJANGO UNCHAINED

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
BEN AFFLECK ARGO
KATHRYN BIGELOW ZERO DARK THIRTY
ANG LEE LIFE OF PI
STEVEN SPIELBERG LINCOLN
QUENTIN TARANTINO DJANGO UNCHAINED

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
MARK BOAL ZERO DARK THIRTY
TONY KUSHNER LINCOLN
DAVID O. RUSSELL SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
QUENTIN TARANTINO DJANGO UNCHAINED
CHRIS TERRIO ARGO

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
MYCHAEL 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 – MOTION PICTURE
"FOR YOU" — ACT OF VALOR
"NOT RUNNING ANYMORE" — STAND UP GUYS
"SAFE & SOUND" — THE HUNGER GAMES
"SKYFALL" — SKYFALL
"SUDDENLY" — LES MISERABLES