The awards, which are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, saw a surprising number of nominations for the Spielberg biopic Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie is up for an impressive 7 different awards including Best Film Drama, Best Director for Steven Spielberg and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Globes present awards in 25 different categories for film and television productions. In the television categories there are some old favourites with Homeland up for awards in several categories including Best Drama where it is up against Downton Abbey.
Another old favourite in the tv category is Modern Family which was nominated in the Best Television Series Comedy or Musical category following on from its nomination in the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday. In the Golden Globes its strongest competition is likely to come from The Big Bang Theory.
There were several nominations for the UK with our acting royalty doing especially well. Dame Helen Mirren received a nomination for her role as Alma Reville in Hitchcock, Dame Maggie Smith was nominated both for her role in tv drama Downton Abbey and the movie Quartet, while Dame Judi Dench was nominated for her part in the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Other UK nominations include Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in the brilliant Sherlock and Damien Lewis for Homeland. Adele is also nominated for best original song for her theme for the Bond movie Skyfall. Downton Abbey is nominated for best drama series but a more surprising nomination comes for Episodes which is nominated in the best comedy category.
The Golden Globes are always seen as a good early indicator of likely Oscar successes. The winners of the Golden Globes will be announced in LA on 13 January 2013.