Lincoln, Les Miserables, Argo and Django Unchained have topped the list of nominations for the 2013 Golden Globe awards.

Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, scored big with seven nominations, including the coveted Best Motion Picture Drama award. It will go head to head with Argo and Django.

The film is also up for Best Director for Steven Spielberg, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Best Score for John Williams.

Ben Affleck's thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained picked up five nominations each.

While both have been honoured with Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay nods Argo also received a mention in Best Score and Best Picture categories.

Tarantino's Django Unchained, said by many fans and critics to mark a return to form, is also up for Best Drama.

Tom Hopper's screen remake of 19th century classic Les Miserables, which is tipped to clean up at the Oscars, bagged four nominations, including Best Comedy/Musical.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway also received nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their roles.

Veterans Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith fly the flag for Britain with their acting nominations. Skyfall's Dench was honoured for her role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which also is up for Best Comedy/Musical, and Smith bagged a nomination for her role in Quartet. Mirren is nominated Best Actress for Hitchcock - that film's sole appearance in the list.

The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globes were read out by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.

The winners will be announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 13 January. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show.