The Golden Globes Nominations: Lincoln Leads, But Finally There’s Some Recognition for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Golden GlobesLet’s first focus on the important thing: As result of factors in no way related to their nominees, announced earlier this morning, the 2013 Golden Globes have a really good chance of being great. And that’s because of the “Weekend Update” reunion that’ll be going down in front of the hosts’ podium. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, in their first Golden Globes spot!

Hey, they’re being funny already. That’s good news. Look for this trend to continue.

As for the nominees: They’re a solid, familiar bunch, with Lincoln and its seven nods out in front of the pack. The most surprising entrant is probably Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a lesser-known flick that worked its way into a Best Picture, Musical or Comedy slot, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress nods for its leads, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Then again, this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a.k.a. “The People Who Liked Burlesque,” we’re talking about here, and so who the hell ever knows what they’re thinking. My theory: Yemen is not part of America, therefore is foreign, therefore is perfectly suited for the HFPA. The end.

But with the rest of the dramatic movies field taken up by the familiars (Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Life of Pi), there’s more excitement to be had in the TV categories. Hey, look, The Newsroom is up for Best Drama! And Jeff Daniels is up for Best Actor! Feel free to immediately change your minds about The Newsroom now, haters. Oh, and there’s Girls, up for Best TV Comedy or Musical, and Lena Dunham for Best Actress, TV Comedy or Musical. As Dunham explained on the B.S. Report, when the Emmys gave her a similar nomination, her dad responded by asking, “You got nominated for an award in acting?” So, preemptively: Yes, Lena Dunham’s dad (famed artist Carroll Dunham), your daughter got nominated for an award in acting.

And now, a partial list of nominees. The full list is here:

Best Motion Picture, Drama:
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director, Motion Picture:
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, 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 Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay:
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O’Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Royal Affair
The Intouchables
Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature:
Rise of the Guardians
Hotel Transylvania
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Television Comedy or Musical:
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Television Drama:
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom

Best Actress, Television Drama:
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor, Television Drama:
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress, Television Comedy or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, Television Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Miniseries or Television Movie:
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Filed Under: Awards, Django Unchained, Golden Globes, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty

Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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