Full list of Golden Globe 2013 nominations
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It's up for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director and Best Actor - Drama for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as the doomed president.
Beard science... Lincoln leads the way at Globes (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
It faces stiff competition in the drama category from Ben Affleck's gritty real-life story 'Argo' and Quentin Tarantino's revenge western 'Django Unchained' - which both earned five nods. Bin Laden assassination thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty' is on four nominations.
Meanwhile 'Les Miserable' is surely the strong favourite for the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award. Tom Hooper's rousing musical adaptation earned Anne Hathaway a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
Interestingly though, Hooper has been omitted from the Best Director shortlist.
Nominee... Ben Affleck filming 'Argo' (Credit: Warner Bros.)
The most talked-about British interest could be Adele - her theme tune for ‘Skyfall’ has been nominated for Best Original Song.
This will be the 70th The Golden Globes ceremony and will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the awards.
The awards often give a strong indication which films will win big at the Oscars, held the following month.
Last year 'The Artist' scooped the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy gong before winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
The list of nominees is below:
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spiel, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone