The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globes were announced earlier today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with "Lincoln," "Les Misérables" and "Django Unchained" leading the way.
Thanks to the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press has separate categories for dramatic films and comedy/musicals, however, some of those films will not be competing against each other. Instead, "Lincoln" and "Django" are joined by "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Life of Pi" in the field for Best Motion Picture Drama, while "Les Misérables" will be going up against fellow heavyweight "Silver Linings Playbook" as well as "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
And despite the love for "Les Misérables," director Tom Hooper was snubbed for Best Director, as was "Silver Linings Playbook"'s David O. Russell. Instead, frontrunners Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") were joined by Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained").
The Golden Globes are known for their often surprising selections, of course, and this year was no different. "Django Unchained," for instance, inserted itself into the Oscar race in a major way, adding nominations for Best Supporting Actor for both Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio to its Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director nominations. "The Master" also regained some momentum, landing nominations for stars Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
The biggest surprise, though, was "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," which earned this year's honorary "The Tourist" memorial trophy for most inexplicable haul, bringing in nods for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Ewan McGregor and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Emily Blunt.
The debatable decision to move "Silver Linings Playbook" into the comedy half of the awards opened things up on the dramatic side, leading to nominations for "Arbitrage"'s Richard Gere in the Best Actor in Drama category and "The Deep Blue Sea"'s Rachel Weisz in the Best Actress in Drama. Those nods came in place of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who landed nominations in the Musical or Comedy section instead.
Other early award season favorites who earned Best Actor and Best Actress nominations include Hugh Jackman for "Les Misérables," Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln" and John Hawkes for "The Sessions."
And in the supporting actor races, "Lincoln"'s Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones continued to gain momentum, as did "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway, "The Sessions" star Helen Hunt and "Argo"'s Alan Arkin. Nicole Kidman also followed up yesterday's surprise Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination with another nod for "The Paperboy," suggesting her Oscar chances may be for real.
Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the 70th annual Golden Globes are set to air live on NBC on Sunday, January 13 at 8 pm. ET. A complete list of nominations can be found here.