Maybe Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Naomi Watts will split a cab to the Academy Awards ceremony.
The Australian quartet is on track to score Oscar nominations, and maybe even win a few of the coveted statuettes, after a bumper performance at the Golden Globes nomination ceremony on Thursday.
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.
Usually Urban is Kidman’s date to movie award ceremonies, but after securing a Globe best original song nomination for For You, which featured in Act of Valor, an action film about a team of Navy SEALs, the New Zealand-born, Queensland-raised country music star could share the winner’s podium with his wife at both the Globes and the Oscars.
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 big-screen thriller, The Paperboy, and also in the actress in a TV mini-series-movie category for Hemingway and Gellhorn.
Anne Hathaway, for her film-stealing performance in Les Miserables, remains the frontrunner for the supporting actress Globe and Oscar, but Kidman is building momentum with her SAG and Globe nominations.
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 catapault him to being equal Oscar favourite with the Globe dramatic actor winner.
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).
At the start of the week, Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings), Russell Crowe (Les Mis) and Toni Collette (Hitchcock) were considered chances for supporting Oscar nominations, but after snubs at the SAG and Globe nomination ceremonies, the Aussie trio will almost certainly miss out.
The Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 10.
The Globes’ best motion picture drama nominees are: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.
The best motion picture - comedy or musical - nominees are: Marigold, Les Mis, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings.
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.
Film nominations Best Motion Picture - Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Best Director - Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Argo, Chris Terrio
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook,
David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal Best Original Song - Motion Picture
For You (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), Act of Valor
Not Running Anymore (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), Stand Up Guys
Safe & Sound (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), The Hunger Games
Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), Skyfall
Suddenly (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), Les MiserablesBest Animated Film
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph BestForeign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone
TV CATEGORIES Best Television Series - Drama
The Newsroom Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family * Smash Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hatfield & McCoys
The Hour * Political AnimalsCecil B. DeMille Award