Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” about the 16th U.S. President’s political battle to end slavery, was nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, including best motion-picture drama and best director.
“Argo,” distributed by Warner Bros., and “Django Unchained,” from Weinstein Co. and Sony Corp., tied for second with five nominations each. They included best director for Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said today at an NBC telecast from Beverly Hills, California. “Lincoln” was produced by Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Co.
Golden Globe nominations provide an early peek at possible favorites for Academy Awards, Hollywood’s top honor. They generate publicity that can lift box-office sales for films still in theaters and others on DVD. More of the films generating award buzz this year are major studio releases. They include four of the five nominated for best drama.
“You’re going to have five, maybe 10 strong candidates for best picture that are from major distributors, and that’s usually not the case,” Jeff Bock, film analyst for Exhibitor Relations Co., said in an interview before today’s announcement.
Major studio films nominated for best drama included “Argo,” Twentieth Century Fox’s “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” produced by Annapurna Pictures and distributed by Sony. Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, the daughter of Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays Lincoln in the fight to amend the U.S. Constitution and slavery, was nominated for best actor in a drama. Sally Field, who plays his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was nominated for best supporting actress.
Box-office success isn’t a prerequisite for a nomination, especially with some talked-about 2012 films such as Universal Pictures’ “Les Miserables” still to open. The movie, a big-screen version of the Broadway musical, received four nominations, including best comedy or musical, best actor for Hugh Jackman, who plays reformed convict Jean Valjean, and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway, who plays the ill-fated Fantine.
“Zero Dark Thirty,” a movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden that will be released next week, also garnered four nominations, including best drama and best director for Kathryn Bigelow.
Unlike the Oscars, Globe nominations include two best-picture categories, one for drama and another for comedies and musicals, as well as honors for work in TV. There also are separate acting nominations for each of the film categories.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards show, to be hosted by actors Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, will be broadcast live Jan. 13 on Comcast Corp.’s NBC network starting at 8 p.m. New York time. The nominations for 25 categories were read today by actors Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.
Ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada are expected to rise about 6 percent this year to a record $10.8 billion, according to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com Box-Office, helped in part by major studio award contenders that are enjoying wide appeal.
The Golden Globe nominations, and winners, are determined by the foreign press association’s members, which number about 90, according to its website. The group is comprised of foreign journalists based in Southern California, the site said.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts will announce the Oscar nominations on Jan. 10, followed by a telecast of the awards ceremony on Feb. 24.
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