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Lincoln Leads Golden Globe Nominations

LincolnLincoln leads the Golden Globe 2013 nominations with seven nods. Steven Spielberg's biopic about former President Abraham Lincoln is up for a host of top prizes including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino's western flick Django Unchained and political drama Argo follow close behind with five nominations each. Critically-acclaimed films Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook each received four nods.

With three nominations are Life of Pi, dark cult drama The Master and heart-warming British comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The great Dames of British film, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, all have acting nods for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet and Hitchcock respectively.

Surprises include Nicole Kidman's Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Paperboy and John Hawkes and Helen Hunt being up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Sessions.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Leads Spirit Awards Nominations

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook has been nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The David O. Russell directed quirky romance received nods for its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Male and Female Lead categories, along with nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the announcement at the W Hotel Hollywood on Tuesday. It will compete against Moonrise Kingdom - which also received five nominations - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie and Keep the Lights On in the Best Feature category.

Matthew McConaughey received two nominations, Best Male Lead for Killer Joe where he will compete against Bradley, Jack Black for Bernie, John Hawkes in The Sessions, Thure Lindhardt for Keep The Lights On and Four's Wendell Pierce and Best Supporting Male for Magic Mike.

Linda Cardellini has been nominated for Best Female Lead for Return along with Emayatzy Corinealdi for Middle of Nowhere, Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Smashed and Jennifer in Silver Linings Playbook.

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Helen Hunt Gets Naked for a Role

Helen HuntHelen Hunt was "totally, completely naked" when she shot scenes for The Sessions. The 49-year-old actress portrays a sex surrogate in the new movie and admits she felt "vulnerable" when it came to shooting the intimate scenes.

"This poet had polio at age six. At 37, he's told he won't live much longer. With an iron lung, can only turn his head at a 90-degree angle, he wants to experience sexual life for the first time. That's when a professional sex surrogate is called in. I play the sex surrogate. The material created a vulnerability. I personally felt extremely vulnerable. No body make-up, because that gets sticky and creepy. So I did it naked. All naked. Butt naked. Totally completely naked. Naked beyond just naked. My jaw dropped at the prospect. When I was about to take my clothes off, my palms started to sweat," she told The New York Post.

Helen met with the woman she plays in the film and says the struck up an instant connection and she is thrilled the sex surrogate loved the finished movie. "It's rare to read such a beautiful story. True story. This real life therapist, living in California, is Cheryl Cohen Greene. Typical soccer mom with a house, mortgage, husband. We met. I stole her spirit. Her accent. She's not shy or filled with shame. She's instantly open. A real deal. I could ask or tell her anything. The day we met she quickly jumped into the shower because she had a therapy session due with a 70-year-old man. She loved the finished film because she got her message through and said the things she wanted to say," she added.


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