Lincoln tops Golden Globes, but where are Bond and Batman?

Dec 14, 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg lead nominations for the January movie awards

THE STEVEN SPIELBERG film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, leads the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes, scoring in all seven categories in which it was entered. As Deadline Hollywood reports, this is Spielberg's best ever score at the Globes.

As always, those who've been snubbed are being talked about as much as those who've succeeded. With Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook leading the comedy/musicals side of the Globes, with little in the way of competition, this round-up concentrates on the drama nominations:

Best film (drama): The nomination for Lincoln comes as no surprise – it had Oscar written all over it from the word go. Argo, Django Unchained (which has been getting five-star reviews for Quentin Tarantino), Zero Dark Thirty, and Life of Pi make up the shortlisted quintet. The Master, for which many predicted great things until audiences started walking out of cinemas, does not feature. Nor does The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's prequel to his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Given the reviews, that's not such a surprise either. The Batman film The Dark Knight Rises also failed to feature, notes Variety.

Best director (motion picture): As well as Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, there's actor-turned-director Ben Affleck for his highly polished thriller Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and Ang Lee for Life of Pi. But where is the nod for Sam Mendes's Skyfall, which many expected to be the first Bond film to get serious recognition? And why no Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, which is not eligible in the drama awards but is eligible in this motion picture category? "Hooper's omission is one of the most idiotic moves I can remember from an organisation that loves musicals so much that they nominated Tim Burton for directing 2007's Sweeney Todd," says Ramin Setoodeh on the Daily Beast.

Best actor (drama): The five nominees are Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, Richard Gere for Arbitrage, John Hawkes for The Sessions, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master and Denzel Washington for Flight. There's nothing for Anthony Hopkins's lead role in the biopic Hitchcock, nor for Jake Gyllenhaal career-best performance in the cop drama End of Watch.

Best actress (drama): Jessica Chastain is the front-runner for her role in Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow's controversial film about the capture of Osama bin Laden. Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) make up the shortlist. But where is nine-year-old Quevenzhane Wallis from Beasts of Southern Wild, who everyone said was going to be the youngest ever contender this awards season? The film got no mention in any category, notes the LA Times. Other "notables" left off the list, says Variety, are Keira Knightley for Anna Karenina and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour. (Jennifer Lawrence, brilliant in Silver Linings Playbook, is shortlisted in the comedy/musicals section.)

Do the Globes really matter? The $64,000 question – do the Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, foretell the more important Oscars? As Ramin Setoodeh says at the Daily Beast, a snub from the Globes can mean someone like Jake Gyllenhaal is sidelined for the rest of awards season. Helen O'Hara of Empire, talking to the BBC, says the Globes are "overstated' as an Oscar predictor, particularly because of the division between drama and comedy/musicals. "Les Miserables feels like the most traditional best picture winner at the Oscars, but the Globes put it in the musical category, so you can't tell whether it could beat Lincoln."

When can we see the films? As usual, many of the nominated films have yet to open in Britain. Here are the dates: The Impossible, 1 January; Les Miserables, 11 January; Django Unchained, 18 January; The Sessions, 18 January; Lincoln, 25 January; Zero Dark Thirty, 25 January; Flight, 1 February; Hitchcock, 8 February. There is no release date for Arbitrage.

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