14 Dec 2012

Lincoln biopic leads Golden Globe nominations

10:01 pm on 14 December 2012

Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic Lincoln is the frontrunner at this year's Golden Globe nominations.

Voted for by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes are an important precursor to the Oscars.

Lincoln is up for seven prizes, including best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, best director for Spielberg and best film drama.

It will compete with Ben Affleck's thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, both of which have five nominations including best film, the BBC reports.

There are also nominations for three British Dames - Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - as well as television nods to Downton Abbey, The Hour and Sherlock.

In the drama actor category, Day-Lewis is shortlisted alongside Richard Gere, John Hawkes, Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix, for The Master.

Nominations for best actress are led by Jessica Chastain, who plays a CIA agent on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.

She is joined by Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts and British stars Rachel Weisz and Dame Helen Mirren, who stars in Hitchcock, which documents the making of Psycho.

The film adaptation of stage hit Les Miserables has four nominations: best film - musical or comedy, while stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway both get acting nods.

TV categories

Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery is nominated for best actress in a miniseries, while co-star Dame Maggie Smith is nominated in the supporting actress category.

Damian Lewis, the star of Homeland is up against Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi in the shortlist for best actor in a TV drama.

Claire Danes is up for best actress for Homeland, having won the award last year.

But the winner of the best actor last year, Kelsey Grammar saw his show Boss cancelled after series two. Also nominated are Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels and Mad Men's John Hamm.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are up for the TV comedy actress prize, for their shows Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.

It has already been announced that Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.