Saturday, 15 December 2012

AWARDS SEASON WATCH: Spielberg’s Lincoln maintains its dominance, topping SAG and Golden Globe nominations

CINEMA VERITE: Lincoln, the tale of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s battle to end slavery, ruled at the announcements of the Golden Globe nominees last Thursday. Steven Spielberg’s portrayal of one of America's most revered presidents won a leading seven nominations, including best drama, best director, best screenplay and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. But Lincoln faces stiff competition from Ben Affleck's hostage drama Argo and Quentin Tarantino's dark and quirky slavery-era Western Django Unchained. The best drama nominees were rounded out by thriller Zero Dark Thirty about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, with four mentions, and the shipwreck tale, Life of Pi, with three. The Golden Globe Awards will be given out by about 80 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on January 13. Go to goldenglobes.org to see the full list of nominees.

SCREEN POWER: Lincoln, Les Miserables and the comedy Silver Linings Playbook (above) led the nominations for the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards with four nods apiece, including the top prize of best movie ensemble cast. Joining them with two nominations each were the cast of Iranian hostage drama Argo and the British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Alongside the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice, the awards from the Screen Actors Guild, which will be presented during its annual ceremony and gala, are among the most widely watched on the road to Oscar night in February. To see the complete list of nominations, visit sagawards.org.




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