The seven nomination Steven Spielberg's Civil War epic "Lincoln" led the pack of nominees for the upcoming Golden Globes Awards. Among them: best drama, best director for Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Tied for second-place with five nominations each – including best drama – are Ben Affleck's Iran hostage-crisis thriller "Argo" and Quentin Tarantino's slave-turned-bounty-hunter tale "Django Unchained."
The directing lineup came entirely from dramatic films, with Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg and Tarantino all in the running.
Nominated for best musical or comedy were: the British retiree adventure "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"; the Victor Hugo musical "Les Miserables"; the first-love tale "Moonrise Kingdom"; the fishing romance "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"; and the lost-soul romance "Silver Linings Playbook."
The nominations for television largely hail cable programming again this year. Nominees for best TV drama included AMC's "Breaking Bad," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," PBS' "Downton Abbey," Showtime's "Homeland" and HBO's "The Newsroom."
The broadcast networks were snubbed entirely in categories such as best actor in a drama series and best actress in a TV film. HBO led among all outlets with 17 nominations, far ahead of runner-up Showtime, which had seven. Among the broadcast networks, ABC had five while CBS, NBC and PBS had four each and Fox just two.
Attention from the Golden Globes can give contenders a boost for Hollywood's top honors, the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 10, three days before the Globes ceremony.
Last year's Oscar best-picture winner, "The Artist," preceded that honor with a Globes win for best musical or comedy. But in the seven years before that, only one winner in the Globes' two best-picture categories — 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire" — followed up with an Oscar best-picture win.
The 70th annual Golden Globes awards ceremony will air Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. PT. Find the a full list of the nominees here.