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Golden Globes Nominations Are Led by The Artist, The Descendants and The Help - Analysis

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by Anne Thompson
December 15, 2011 9:49 AM
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Berenice Bejo in "The Artist"

Golden Globes nominations were led by "The Artist" with six nominations, followed by "The Descendants" and "The Help" with five each, and "Moneyball," "The Ides of March" and "Midnight in Paris" with four. The Golden Globe motion picture nominations are split into drama and comedy, which adds more players to the field. UPDATED

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association took care of its celebrity turnout for the Golden Globes awards show hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 15, as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Viggo Mortensen, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron, Kristin Wiig, Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton all scored nods. It was a good day for George Clooney, who landed a Best Actor nomination for "The Descendants" as well as a producing, directing and writing nods for "The Ides of March." Ryan Gosling was nominated twice, on the dramatic side for "The Ides of March" and on the comedy side for "Crazy Stupid Love." Angelina Jolie scored a foreign film nomination for "In the Land of Blood and Honey," and Madonna's "W.E." scored nominations for best score and song.

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" landed a nomination for drama and best score for John Williams, but not director. Shut out altogether were "Coriolanus," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Jane Eyre," "Win Win," "The Tree of Life," and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."  Hope is fading for an Oscar nomination for that film's Max Von Sydow, as well as actress hopefuls Kirsten Dunst ("Melancholia"), Felicity Jones ("Like Crazy") and Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"). On the supporting side, it's odd that "Bridesmaids" landed a comedy nod but nothing for Melissa McCarthy. While Armie Hammer and Nick Nolte landed SAG nominations, they were ignored by the Globes, which did on the other hand recognize Albert Brooks for "Drive" and Mortenson for "A Dangerous Method."

Going through the nominations with an eye on Oscar, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is a strong Oscar contender, but star Owen Wilson should not get his hopes up. And it is unlikely that "Young Adult," "The Guard," "Crazy Stupid Love," "The Ides of March," "Bridesmaids," "Carnage" or "50/50" will do as well with Academy voters. By the same token, "War Horse" and "Hugo" are stronger Oscar contenders than SAG and Globes voting would suggest.

Chortling with glee today is Sony Pictures Entertainment, which scored 25 nominations from big Sony ("Moneyball," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Ides of March," "Arthur Christmas," co-production "The Adventures of Tintin") and Sony Pictures Classics ("Midnight in Paris," "The Guard," "A Separation," "The Skin I LIve In," "Carnage," "A Dangerous Method") and Television ("Necessary Roughness," "The Big C," "Breaking Bad").

The Golden Globe Nominees Are:

MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA


"The Descendants"


"The Help"


"Hugo"


"The Ides of March"


"Moneyball"


"War Horse"

MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL


"50/50"


"The Artist"


"Bridesmaids"


"Carnage"


"Midnight in Paris"


"My Week With Marilyn"

ACTOR , DRAMA


George Clooney - "The Descendants"


Brad Pitt - "Moneyball"


Ryan Gosling - "The Ides of March"


Michael Fassbender - "Shame"


Leonardo DiCaprio - "J. Edgar"

ACTRESS , DRAMA


Glenn Close - "Albert Nobbs"


Viola Davis - "The Help"


Rooney Mara - "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"


Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"


Tilda Swinton - "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

ACTOR , COMEDY OR MUSICAL


Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"


Brendan Gleeson - "The Guard"


Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "50/50"


Ryan Gosling - "Crazy Stupid Love"


Owen Wilson - "Midnight in Paris"

ACTRESS , COMEDY OR MUSICAL


Jodie Foster - "Carnage"


Charlize Theron - "Young Adult"


Kristen Wiig - "Bridesmaids"


Michelle Williams - "My Week with Marilyn"


Kate Winslet - "Carnage"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MOTION PICTURE


Shailene Woodley - "The Descendants"


Octavia Spencer - "The Help"


Janet McTeer - "Albert Nobbs"


Berenice Bejo - "The Artist"


Jessica Chastain - "The Help"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MOTION PICTURE


Kenneth Branagh - "My Week With Marilyn"


Albert Brooks - "Drive"


Jonah Hill - "Moneyball"


Viggo Mortensen - "A Dangerous Method"


Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"

BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE


Woody Allen - "Midnight in Paris"


George Clooney - "The Ides of March"


Michael Hazanavicius - "The Artist"


Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"


Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


"Arthur Christmas"


"Cars 2"


"Rango"


"Puss in Boots"


"The Adventures of Tintin"

BEST SCREENPLAY, MOTION PICTURE


"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen


"The Artist" - Michel Hazanavicius


"The Descendants"- Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Kaui Hart Hemmings


"Moneyball" - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis


"The Ides of March"- George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


"The Flowers of War" (China)


"In the Land of Blood and Honey" (USA)


"The Kid with Bike" (Belgium)


"A Separation" (Iran)


"The Skin I Live In" (Spain)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, MOTION PICTURE


"The Artist" - Ludovic Bource


"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross


"Hugo" - Howard Shore


"W.E." - Abel Korzeniowski


"War Horse" - John Williams

BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL

"Enlightened" (HBO)


"Episodes" (Showtime)


"Glee" (FOX)


"Modern Family" (ABC)


"The New Girl" (Fox)

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE


"Cinema Verite" (HBO)


"Downton Abbey"(PBS)


"The Hour" (BBC America)


"Mildred Pierce" (HBO)


"Too Big to Fail" (HBO)

ACTOR, DRAMA


Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"


Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"


Damian Lewis, "Homeland"


Jeremy Irons - "The Borgias"


Kelsey Grammer - "Boss"

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL


Laura Dern - "Enlightened"


Zooey Deschanel - "New Girl
"

Tina Fey - "30 Rock"


Laura Linney - "The Big C"


Amy Poehler - "Parks and Recreation"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE


Jessica Lange - "American Horror Story"


Kelly Macdonald - "Boardwalk Empire"


Sofia Vergara - "Modern Family"


Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey"


Evan Rachel Wood - "Mildred Pierce"

THE CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD


Morgan Freeman

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3 Comments

  • Deedee MC | December 15, 2011 6:56 PMReply

    WHY is Glenn Close nominated? Ugh, the film is terrible.

  • willie | December 15, 2011 5:46 PMReply

    Is Carnage a comedy?

  • Ninaj | December 15, 2011 3:58 PMReply

    I have given up hope for Harry Potter and Alan Rickman. It seems that everybody has decided to give the franchise one last big snub. It's just sad

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