Golden Globes’ 2013

January 13th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Although it is debatable whether the Golden Globes’ carry quite as much influence as some film journalists make out, there is little doubt that Lincoln’s sweeping success in today’s nominations firmly places the pre-award season favourite in pole position in the Oscar race.  Steven Spielberg’s presidential epic led the way with seven nods, which will build on the momentum from a strong performance at the North American box office.


It was no surprise that another strong awards contender to over perform at the box office, Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama, Argo, secured five nominations.  Quentin Tarantino’s Western, Django Unchained raised more eyebrows when it established a foothold in the awards season with the same total.


The Globes irritating insistence on having separate categories for drama and comedy, prevents it from establishing a clear position on best film.  With the best director award taking on more significance as a consequence, it brings the omission of awards hopefuls Les Miserables (Tom Hooper) and Silver Linings Playbook (David O Russell) into sharp focus.  Life of Pi (Ang Lee) and critics favourite, Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow), joined Lincoln, Argo and Django Unchained as the nominees.





Best Motion Picture (Drama)


Django Unchained

Life of Pi


Zero Dark Thirty


Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Miserables

Moonrise Kingdom

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Silver Linings Playbook


Best Actor (Drama)

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

John Hawkes (The Sessions)

Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Denzel Washington (Flight)


Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)

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 Actress (Drama)

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)

Mario Cotillard (Rust and Bone)


Best 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)


Best Director

Ben Affleck (Argo)

Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)


Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin (Argo)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Django)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Christoph Waltz (Django)


Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (The Master)

Sally Field (Lincoln)

Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Nicole Kidman (The Paper Boy)


Best Foreign Language Film


A Royal Affair

The Untouchables

Rust and Bone



Best Screenplay

Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

Tony Kushner (Lincoln)

David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Chris Terrio (Argo)


Best Original Score

Life of Pi


Anna Karenina

Cloud Atlas



Best Original Song

‘For You’ (Act of Valor)

‘Not Running Anymore’ (Stand Up Guys)

‘Safe and Sound’ (The Hunger Games)

‘Skyfall’ (Skyfall)

‘Suddenly’ (Les Miserables)


Best Animated Feature Film



Rise of the Guardians

Hotel Transylvania

Wreck-It Ralph


The Golden Globes hold a unique status in the awards season, enjoying the razzmatazz of a major event but, unlike the industry guilds, their members do not vote for the Oscars.  Unsurprisingly, therefore, they have consistently sent out mixed messages; picking up on some trends from earlier awards whilst managing to retain enough independence for springing surprises.  It is an ambiguous position that has led to the winners of the Globes’ best drama or musical/comedy categories accounting for only 50% of the last twelve best film successes at the Oscars; too low for a reliable indicator and too high to be ignored.


The big question emerging from last night’s Globes’ awards ceremony is whether Lincoln’s failure to convert its seven nominations – higher than any other film – into more than Daniel Day-Lewis’ best actor in a drama victory, indicates that the Globes are picking up on a wider trend or establishing their independence.  Lincoln has remained the favourite to take best film at the Oscars throughout the awards season notwithstanding a disappointing performance in the pre-Christmas critics awards, but after missing out on a best director’s nomination at the BAFTA’s last week and the disappointment at the Globes, the race is starting to look more competitive than ever.


The position of its main challengers, though, is not looking any clearer.  For the two big winners at the Globes, Argo (best dramatic film and director) and Les Miz (best musical/comedy) or Zero Dark Thirty, which has already claimed ten best film victories this winter, to walk away from the Oscars with the top prize, they will have to break the long established trend of the winner also having a best director nomination.  On the other hand, out of those competing against Lincoln in that category, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook had disappointing nights at the Globes, and Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild seem to lack the necessary industry support.  In reality, the Producer Guild Awards (Jan. 26) are looking more important than ever as the key indicator in the annual trending game.




Picture, Drama



Picture, Musical or Comedy

Les Miserables



Ben Affleck, Argo


Actor, Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln


Actress, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty


Actor, Musical or Comedy

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables


Actress, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook


Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained


Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables



Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained


Foreign Language



Animated Film



Original Score

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi


Original Song

Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall.”


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