Jessica Alba announces nominations at the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards nominations event. Photo: AFP
Just 24 hours after Jackman, Kidman and Watts picked up nominations to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and 48 hours after Urban was short-listed for an Oscar, they struck gold at the Globes - one of the crucial Academy Award lead-up events.
Kidman secured two Globe nominations - repeating her SAG nomination haul.
She will be competing for the best supporting actress Globe for her feral, sex-crazed performance in the kitschy thriller, The Paperboy, and also in the actress in a TV mini-series-movie category for Hemingway and Gellhorn. Now anybody who saw that TV movie knows it sucked but the Golden Globes are about generating buzz. Acting? Not so much.
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables''. Photo: AP
Jackman, who brings his Tony Award-winning singing-acting talent to the big screen in Les Mis, is the favourite for the Globe best actor in a musical/comedy category, with Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper the only real threat.
Luckily for Jackman the Globes' leading acting categories are split in two, with other best actor Oscar frontrunners Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Denzel Washington (Flight) competing in the drama category.
A musical/comedy Globe win for Jackman will catapult him to being equal Oscar favourite with the Globe dramatic actor winner.
Nominated ... Nicole Kidman.
Jackman's performance of Suddenly in Les Mis will compete for the original song Globe against Urban's For You, Jon Bon Jovi's Not Running Anymore (for the movie, Stand Up Guys), Taylor Swift's Safe & Sound (for The Hunger Games) and Adele's James Bond tune, Skyfall.
Watts is also shaping into a serious contender for the best actress Oscar for her role as a tsunami survivor in The Impossible. The role is based on the true story of a mother and her family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Watts is up against past Oscar winners Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) and Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone) and new Hollywood darling, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).
The Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 10.
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13, while the 19th Annual SAG ceremony will take place on January 27.
The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 24.
Below is the full list of nominations
For best motion picture, comedy or musical, the nominees are:
• The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
• Les Misérables
• Moonrise Kingdom
• Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
• Silver Linings Playbook
For best motion picture, drama:
• Django Unchained
• Life of Pi
• Zero Dark Thirty
Best performance by an actor, comedy or musical:
• Jack Black in Bernie
• Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
• Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
• Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
• Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson
Best performance by an actor, drama:
• Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
• Richard Gere in Arbitrage
• John Hawkes in The Sessions
• Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
• Denzel Washington in Flight
Best performance by an actress, comedy or musical:
• Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
• Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
• Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
• Maggie Smith in Quartet
• Meryl Streep in Hope Springs
Best performance by an actress, drama:
• Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
• Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
• Helen Mirren in Hitchcock
• Naomi Watts in The Impossible
• Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea
Best TV series, comedy or musical:
• The Big Bang Theory
• Modern Family
Best TV series, drama:
• Boardwalk Empire
• Breaking Bad
• Downton Abbey
• The Newsroom
For the full catastrophe, go to GoldenGlobes.com