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Gibson, Kidman score Golden Globe nods

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Mel Gibson has a chance at Hollywood redemption, Nicole Kidman received a return invite and Joel Edgerton will be an outsider looking to breakthrough at next month's Golden Globes ceremony.

The Australian trio, along with the nation's film industry, scored big when the Golden Globes nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Monday.

The nominations also give the actors and films and huge boost for their Oscar campaigns.

Gibson, shunned by Hollywood for a decade after being accused of anti-Semitic, racial and sexist slurs, was invited back in when he was nominated for the best director Golden Globe for his Australian made World War II film Hacksaw Ridge.

Gibson will have to cause a major upset to win the Globe.

The other directors in the race are favourite Damien Chazelle (La La Land),

Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).

Hacksaw Ridge was also nominated for best film drama and its star, US-born, British-raised Andrew Garfield, will compete for best actor against Sydney's Edgerton.

Aussie actor Joel Edgerton © David Livingston/Getty Images Aussie actor Joel Edgerton Edgerton, nominated for Loving, and Garfield also face tough competition from Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic ) and Denzel Washington (Fences) in the category.

Kidman received the 11th Golden Globe nomination of her career when she was honoured with a supporting actress nod for Lion.

Kidman's competition is Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea).

Lion, shot in Tasmania, Melbourne and India, will compete with Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, filmed in Sydney and other parts of NSW, for the coveted best drama prize.

The other films competing in the drama category are Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and Hell Or High Water.

The Globes differ to the Oscars as they split many of their categories with separate comedy/musical awards.

The films up for best comedy/musical are La La Land, 20th Century Women, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street and in a surprise, superhero movie Deadpool.

The best actress in a comedy/musical category is between Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) and favourite Emma Stone (La La Land).

The best actress in a drama category are favourite Natalie Portman (Jackie), Amy Adams (Arrival), Jessica Chastian (Miss Sloane), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle).

The Golden Globes ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on January 8.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24 and the winners will be revealed on February 26 at the 89th Academy Awards.

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