Hollywood prepares for 70th annual Golden Globes

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' up for seven prizes including Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis

Hollywood stars will hit the red carpet later (January 13) for tonight’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.

US TV comedy favourites Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the ceremony at the Beverley Hilton Hotel, taking over from Ricky Gervais, whose acid-tongued quips at the A-listers in attendance was a notoriously controversial part of the show for the past three year.

Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln leads the way with seven nominations. Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field are shortlisted for acting prizes for their performances as President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, while Spielberg is up for Best Director and the film itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Lincoln‘s closest rivals are Ben Affleck‘s political thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino‘s western Django Unchained; both films will compete for five prizes, including the Best Motion Picture – drama gong against Lincoln.

The annual Golden Globes Awards, voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, distinguish themselves from the Oscars by recognising drama films separately from more light-hearted movies. In the Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy Category, Les Misérables will compete against golden oldies hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and acclaimed novel adaptation Silver Linings Playbook.

Anne Hathaway is up for the a Best Supporting Actress prize for her scene-stealing performance in Les Misérables. Meanwhile, other actors in contention for trophies include Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy.

Alongside Daniel Day Lewis, several other British thesps get recognised for turns on the big screen, including Helen Mirren for Hitchcock, Maggie Smith for Quartet and Judi Dench for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

In the Golden Globes’ TV categories, Homeland will face competition from Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey for the Best Drama series prize. Meanwhile, Girls will square up to The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family for the best comedy series gong.

Homeland duo Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are both shortlisted for TV acting prizes, alongside Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Downton Abbey duo Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith. Benedict Cumberbatch also earns himself a nomination for his performance in Sherlock.

Meanwhile, Adele is expected to make her first public appearance since having a baby last October. The British singer is nominated in the Best Original Song category for her hit Bond theme ‘Skyfall’. Among her rivals are Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, whose collaboration for The Hunger Names soundtrack, ‘Safe & Sound’, is also shortlisted.

Jodie Foster will be the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement.