"Lincoln," "Argo," Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on Golden Globes menu

Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:46pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - 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 Deadline.com.

"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 Reuters.   Continued...

Members of the media prepare for the arrivals before the start of the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni