Golden Globes Film: HFPA Spreads Wealth As Tightest Awards Race In Years Accelerates

Christmas came early for Hollywood this year, as it usually does, with the announcement this morning of the Golden Globe nominations. Ever quirky but dependable in its ability to spread the wealth by way of splitting major contenders into Drama or Comedy/Musical, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has further clarified the race. The group gave multiple key nominations to Oscar frontrunners like Argo, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook as well as major impetus to the late-breaking hopes of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which grabbed five key nominations including Picture-Drama, Director and Screenplay for Tarantino and two supporting actor nods for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, shaking up the supporting actor race in the process. So other than The Weinstein Company with a leading 15 nominations (Harvey really knows how to work the HFPA), who really came out on top here?

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As has been the case since Monday’s announcement of the AFI top 10 films of the year, Tuesday’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, where it led with 13 nominations, yesterday’s SAG noms, where it grabbed everything it could, and now today’s leading 7 nominations, Lincoln is now certified at the top of the pack going into Oscar balloting, which begins Monday. Steven Spielberg’s historical drama nabbed a nomination in every single Globes category it was eligible (with 7 nods, the most ever for a Spielberg film at the Globes) and made perhaps the most impressive showing of all the nominees. To put the cherry on top for Disney/Dreamworks, the film will hit $100 million domestically today. But in a race that remains as tight as ever, Argo also almost ran the board, missing out as expected for producerdirector Ben Affleck’s lead performance but named in 5 other categories. Zero Dark Thirty also did what it had to do, grabbing the four key nominations (Picture-Drama, Director for Kathryn Bigelow, Screenplay for Mark Boal, Actress-Drama for Jessica Chastain) it was targeting. Add the aforementioned impressive showing of Django and you have the BIG winners of the morning as the HFPA handed out lots of gifts to each. Correlation to actual Oscar nominations and wins is sometimes spotty with the Globes, but because this has become such a high-profile awards show on NBC, one of the year’s biggest, the town pays attention and, if nothing else, the HFPA has confirmed the closeness of this race. (more…)

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