Golden Globe Awards: The 2012 list of nominees

The Golden Globes, which are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being home to a more relaxed ceremony than the Oscars and for being an important bellwether for the big prizes at the Academy Awards. Oscar pundits often get a hint of who will be going home with other awards from the results of the Globes. So which actors and movies scored nominations for the Golden Globes? Here's our full list – start your predictions now.

1.Best Actor, Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis in 'Lincoln' David James/Dreamworks, Twentieth Century Fox/AP

The Golden Globes are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and were first given out in 1944, with innovations like the Cecil B. DeMille award, which is given to someone who has made great contributions to the entertainment industry, and the Miss Golden Globe title, which is often held by the child of a celebrity, added in subsequent years.

While the first ceremony was held in 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave out only six awards, the prizes which are still regarded as the big-ticket prizes today: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. (The movie “The Song of Bernadette” took home the Best Picture prize.) It wasn’t until 1951 that the Golden Globe divided its main prize, Best Picture, into two categories, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Acting awards for Best Actor and Best Actress are given in those two categories as well, but only one award is given for a Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The awards ceremony was disrupted in 2008 due to the writers’ strike in Hollywood. Because many actors, writers, and behind-the-scenes workers said they would not attend the ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association instead gave a half-hour press conference in which the winners were announced. “Atonement” took the prize that year for Best Motion Picture – Drama and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  

While Ricky Gervais has hosted the ceremony in recent years, the 2013 show will be hosted by “30 Rock” actress Tina Fey and “Parks and Recreation” actress Amy Poehler. Actress Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award and Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca Eastwood will be Miss Golden Globe.

The 2012 nominees for Best Actor, Drama:

Daniel Day-Lewis got the nod for portraying Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's epic film. The other best dramatic actor contenders include Richard Gere, who played an underhanded hedge-fund manager in "Arbitrage"; John Hawkes, who played a paryalyzed polio victim and devout Catholic trying to lose his virginity in "The Sessions"; Joaquin Phoenix who performed as a wild-eyed Navy vet in a cult, "The Master"; and Denzel Washington, who played an alcoholic commercial airline pilot in "Flight."

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight

Best Picture, Drama

A scene from 'Argo' Claire Folger/Warner Bros./AP

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress, Drama

Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty' Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./AP

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty
Marian Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Actor, Television Drama

Jon Hamm in 'Mad Men' Courtesy of AMC TV

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Damien Lewis, "Homeland"

Best Actress, Television Drama

Claire Danes in 'Homeland' Kent Smith/Showtime/AP

Connie Britton, "Nashville"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Best Television Drama

Maggie Smith (l.) and Hugh Bonneville (r.) in 'Downton Abbey' Nick Briggs/PBS/AP

Breaking Bad
“Boardwalk Empire”
Downton Abbey
“The Newsroom”

Best Actor, Television Comedy

Alec Baldwin Todd Williamson/Invision/AP

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Louis CK, "Louie"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Actress, Television Comedy

Amy Poehler in 'Parks and Recreation' Dean Hendler/NBC/AP

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Best Television Comedy or Musical

Johnny Galecki (l.) and Jim Parsons (r.) in 'The Big Bang Theory' Sonja Flemming/CBS Entertainment/AP

The Big Bang Theory
“Modern Family”

Best Animated Feature

A scene from 'Rise of the Guardians' Courtesy of Dreamworks Animation

Rise of the Guardians



 “Hotel Transylvania

 “Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song

Daniel Craig in 'Skyfall' Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures/AP

"For You," "Act of Valor," Monty Powell and Keith Urban
"Not Running Anymore," "Stand Up Guys," Jon Bon Jovi
"Safe and Sound," "The Hunger Games," Taylor Swift. John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett
"Skyfall," "Skyfall," Adele and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly," "Les Misérables," Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil

Best Original Score

Keira Knightley in 'Anna Karenina' Laurie Sparham/Focus Features/AP

Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"
Alexandre Desplat, "Argo"
Dario Marianelli, "Anna Karenina"
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, "Cloud Atlas"
John Williams, "Lincoln"

Best Miniseries or Television Movie

Ed Harris (l.) and Sarah Palin (r.) in 'Game Change' Phil Caruso/HBO/AP

“Game Change”
 “The Girl”
 “Hatfields & McCoys”
 “The Hour”
 “Political Animals”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Toby Jones in 'The Girl' Kelly Walsh/HBO/AP

Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"
Toby Jones, "The Girl"
Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Jessica Lange Henny Ray Abrams/AP

Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Sienna Miller, "The Girl"
Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals"

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Eric Stonestreet Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Max Greenfield, "New Girl"
Ed Harris, "Game Change"
Danny Huston, "Magic City"
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Sofia Vergara Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Hayden Panettiere, "Nashville"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Best Foreign Language Film

A scene from 'The Intouchables' Courtesy of the Weinstein Company

“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Screenplay

Jennifer Lawrence (l.) and Bradley Cooper (r.) in 'Silver Linings Playbook' JoJo Whilden/The Weinstein Company/AP

Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O’Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Supporting Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Django Unchained' Andrew Cooper SMPSP/The Weinstein Company/AP

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway in 'Les Misérables' Universal Pictures/AP

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench (l.) and Celia Imrie (r.) in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Ishika Mohan/Fox Searchlight Films/AP

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs"

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

Shirley MacLaine (l.) and Jack Black (r.) in 'Bernie' Van Redin/Millennium Entertainment/AP

Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Director

Ang Lee of 'Life of Pi' Jake Netter/20th Century Fox/AP

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

A scene from 'Moonrise Kingdom' Niko Tavernise/Focus Features/AP

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
 “Les Misérables
 “Moonrise Kindgom”
 “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
 “Silver Linings Playbook