LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” Quentin Tarantino’s slavery Western “Django Unchained” and Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo” scored the lion’s share of Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning.
“Lincoln” earned seven nominations, including best director, best picture and best actor Daniel Day-Lewis.
“Django Unchained,” which opens Christmas Day, earned five nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., including best director, best picture and two supporting actor nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.
“Argo” also received five nominations, also including best director, best picture and best supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
The nominations wrap one of the most closely watched weeks of the awards season, which kicked off Monday with the announcement of nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, followed by the SAG Award nominations.
The films and performers honored this week gain front-runner status leading up to the Academy Award nominations, which are to be announced Jan. 10.
Other films that performed well were “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Life of Pi,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” which all received four nominations each.
Swimming upstream with three nominations Thursday morning was one of the biggest surprises of the award season: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”
The quirky romantic comedy was nominated for best comedy or musical picture, and also earned best actor and actress nominations for stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.
On the TV side of the nominations, HBO’s drama “Game Change” — chronicling Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential run — earned the most nominations with five, including a best actress nod for Julianne Moore.
“Homeland” followed with four nominations and “Downton Abbey,” “Modern Family,” and the TV movie “The Girl” picked up three apiece.
There’s also a suggestion that the love affair with “Mad Men” may be coming to an end.
The AMC period drama that has dominated award shows in recent years was noticeably missing from the best dramatic TV series nominees, although it did pick up a nod for star Jon Hamm.
Earlier this year, the show failed to take home a single Emmy.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. divides its honors between comedy and drama, an opening up of the field that led to nominations for such lighter fare as “Bernie,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Performers who earned Golden Globe nominations Thursday included Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln,” Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables” and Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
The Golden Globes are to be presented Jan. 13 live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as hosts.
-Los Angeles Times