Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golden Globes Offers Heavy Lineup of Big Studio Films; Steven Spielberg's ' Lincoln' Leads with 7 Nominations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golden Globes Offers Heavy Lineup of Big Studio Films; Steven Spielberg's ' Lincoln' Leads with 7 Nominations

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. A fairly predictable Golden Globes lineup has one thing that has become rarer in awards season: a solid presence of big studio favorites to balance the independent films that have come to dominate the competition in recent years.

Steven Spielberg's Civil War saga "Lincoln," with no fewer than three major studios behind it, led the Globe field Thursday with seven nominations, including best drama, a category fleshed out by four other big-talent, Hollywood-backed films: Ben Affleck's Iran hostage-crisis thriller "Argo"; Quentin Tarantino's slave-turned- bounty-hunter tale "Django Unchained"; Ang Lee's shipwreck adventure "Life of Pi"; and Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden manhunt story "Zero Dark Thirty."

Quite a departure from much of the past decade, when smaller films such as "The Artist," "Crash," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "No Country for Old Men" and Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" have walked off with top film honors.

"There's been a sense that the studios weren't interested in making more complicated dramas and a variety of movies," said "Lincoln" producer Kathleen Kennedy. "To see the studios step up and start to support stories like this is definitely fantastic."

"I think it speaks to risks that studios are more willing to take now and interest on the part of filmmakers and studios to do something different, surprise the audience," Affleck said. …

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