Los Angeles TimesJanuary 13, 2013 

The Civil War epic "Lincoln" is nominated for a record seven Golden Globe nominations for director Steven Spielberg, including best director, best picture, and best actor honors for Daniel Day-Lewis.

It was the most Golden Globe nominations one of his films has ever received, and also included best supporting actor and actress nods for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, as well as best screenplay and score. By contrast, his 1993 classic "Schindler's List" earned six Golden Globe nominations.

"Django Unchained" and "Argo" each have five nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Quentin Tarantino's slavery Western "Django Unchained" earned nods for best director, best picture and two supporting actor nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz. Among the nominations for Ben Affleck's political thriller "Argo" are best director, best picture, and best supporting actor for Alan Arkin.

Swimming upstream with three nominations is 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 -- has the most nominations with five, including a best actress nod for Julianne Moore. "Homeland" follows with four nominations and "Downton Abbey," "Modern Family" and the TV movie "The Girl"

have 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 Emmys.

Besides "Lincoln," "Django Unchained" and "Argo," the best motion picture drama nominees are "Life of Pi" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Joining Day-Lewis in the best actor in a dramatic movie category are Richard Gere for "Arbitrage," John Hawkes for "The Sessions," Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master" and Denzel Washington for "Flight."

Vying for best actress in a dramatic motion picture are Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Marion Cotillard for "Rust and Bone," Hellen Mirren for "Hitchcock," Naomi Watts for "The Impossible" and Rachael Weisz for "The Deep Blue Sea."

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. divides its film honors between drama and comedy or musical, opening up of the field that led to best picture nominations for "Les Miserables," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

Joining Blunt and Smith as nominees for best actress in a comedy or musical are Judi Dench for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Meryl Streep for "Hope Springs."

Vying with McGregor in the best actor in a comedy or musical category are Jack Black for "Bernie," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables" and Bill Murray for "Hyde Park on the Hudson."

Going up against Spielberg, Affleck and Tarantino in the best director category are Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Ang Lee for "Life of Pi."

On the TV side, the nominees for best dramatic series are "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "The Newsroom."

The nominees for best comedy or musical series are "The Big Bang Theory," "Episodes," "Girls," "Modern Family" and "Smash."

Earning nominations for best miniseries or motion picture are "Game Change," "The Girl," "Hatfields & McCoys," "The Hour" and "Political Animals."

The Golden Globes are to be presented live at 8 p.m. today on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as hosts.

The two will also be competing against each other tonight in the best performance by an actress in a TV comedy or musical category, with Fey earning a nomination for "30 Rock" and Poehler scoring a nomination for "Parks & Recreation."

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