* Presidential movie drama 'Lincoln' leads nominations
* Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper expected on red carpet
* Golden Globes second-biggest awards show after Oscars
By Jill Serjeant
BEVERLY HILLS, Jan 13 Hollywood's biggest stars
turn out on Sunday for the 70th Golden Globe Awards, with
"Lincoln" and Iran hostage thriller "Argo" in a close race for
the top honor, best movie drama.
Golden Globe nominees Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Steven
Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Richard Gere, Denzel Washington and
singer Adele will be A-list presenters, along with George
Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Roberts and "Twilight"
movie star Robert Pattinson.
Eyes also will be on comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who
are jointly hosting the event for the first time and who have
promised "the sloppiest, best-ever" Golden Globes ceremony.
"Lincoln," Spielberg's account of U.S. President Abraham
Lincoln's battle to end slavery, heads into the evening with a
leading seven nominations.
But it faces strong competition from "Argo," and Quentin
Tarantino's spaghetti Western-style slavery drama, "Django
Unchained," which have five apiece from Globe organizer, the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
With Osama bin Laden movie "Zero Dark Thirty" and visually
arresting shipwreck tale "Life of Pi" rounding out the best
dramatic film contest, pundits say it's hard to predict which
film will come out on top.
"They really seem to like Tarantino at the HFPA," said Pete
Hammond, awards columnist for entertainment industry website
"But I am guessing it will come down to 'Argo' versus
'Lincoln.' They like them both enormously at the HFPA, so I
think it's a battle to the finish for those two," Hammond told
EARLY OSCAR NOMINATIONS STEAL GLOBE'S THUNDER?
The Golden Globes, which will be broadcast live on NBC
television, is Hollywood's second-biggest awards show
after February's Oscars, or Academy Awards. But its influence on
that race has been sapped this year because Oscar nominations
were announced three days ago, instead of a week after the
Globes awards show.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes have a separate
category for film comedies or musicals, and they also honor
television dramas and comedies.
This year the lavish screen version of hit stage musical
"Les Miserables" is meeting strong competition from comedy
"Silver Linings Playbook" about a man with bipolar disorder
(Cooper) and a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).
Both actors are also in the running for a Golden Globe
trophy for their performances, along with "Les Mis" stars
Jackman and Hathaway.
In the television categories, Fey and Poehler are likely to
have some fun at their own expense.
The former "Saturday Night Live" comedy show colleagues will
compete against each other for the best comedy actress trophy
thanks to their starring roles in TV shows "30 Rock" (Fey) and
"Parks and Recreation" (Poehler).
The women will bring a fresh vibe to the festivities after
three years in which acidic Briton Ricky Gervais has cracked the
"I think Tina and Amy may reserve their sharpest jabs for
each other, and overall keep a little bit of a friendlier tone.
I don't think they will go into the night wanting to skewer
anyone, except maybe each other," said Dave Karger, chief
correspondent at Fandango.com.
Poehler jokingly told Entertainment Weekly last week that
Globes evening "is just the right amount of weird for us," and
that the duo would "kind of encourage people to go off their
meds for one night."
Television shows competing for best drama on Sunday include
Emmy-winning terrorism thriller "Homeland," and its stars Claire
Danes and Damian Lewis," along with cooks and countesses drama
"Downton Abbey," "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," and
newcomer "The Newsroom."
The best comedy/musical series race features "Modern
Family," "Girls," "Episodes," "The Big Bang Theory," and