'The Artist' Tops Golden Globe Nominations

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Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" is nominated for four European Film Awards, including best film.

UPDATED: Oscar contenders "The Descendants" and "The Help" follow with the George Clooney-directed political thriller "Ides of March" receiving recognition.

Barely saying a word, The Artist swept the film nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, taking a commanding six nominations, including one for best comedy or musical. A pair of American dramas, The Descendants and The Help, followed with five noms each.

It was a good morning for a wide variety of filmmakers, including George Clooney, whose political drama The Ides of March made an unexpectedly strong showing with four noms; Woody Allen, who earned multiple noms, including directing and writing, for his Midnight in Paris; Angelina Jolie, who was included among the best foreign-language nominees for her Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey; Glenn Close, who in addition to a best actress nom for Albert Nobbs also earned a song-writing nomination for the lyrics she wrote for a tune in the movie; and Madonna, who also squeezed into the action with a song-writing nomination for W.E.

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On the TV side, the big winners were PBS/Masterpiece Theater’s upstairs/downstairs series Downton Abbey and HBO’s foray into hardboiled James M. Cain territory, Mildred Pierce, with both shows taking home four noms each.

The membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes the annual awards, which will be handed out at televised ceremonies hosted by Ricky Gervais on Jan. 15, named Descendants and Help as two of the best dramas of the year, along with Martin Scorsese’s 3D valentine to the history of moviemaking Hugo, Clooney’s Ides, Bennet Miller’s baseball drama Moneyball and Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic War Horse.

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In addition to an acting nom for Clooney, who plays a father whose life is unravelling, Descandants collected mentions for supporting actress Shailene Woodley, director Alexander Payne and its screenplay penned by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Help earned its five nominations with the help of acting noms for actresses Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer and a song nomination for "The Living Proof," by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas.

Woody Harrelson, star of the upcoming cop drama Rampart, drew laughs at the early-morning announcement held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when, before announcing the best drama nominees, he adlibbed, “Rampart opens Jan. 27, but I don’t see it on the list.”

On the lighter side, Artist topped the list of best comedy or musical nominees, where it was joined by 50/50, a comedy about a young man with cancer; the bawdy all-girl jokefest Bridesmaids; the Gallic-flavored Midnight in Paris; and My Week with Marilyn, an account of a fling with Marilyn Monroe, which also brought Michelle Williams a best comedy/musical actress nomination for her performance as the iconic star.

Contributing to Artist’s sweep were acting nominations for its two lead players Jean Dujardin (as best comedy actor) and Berenice Bejo (as supporting actress) as well as director and screenwriter Michel Hazanavicius and composer Ludovic Bource.

Although the HFPA consistently denies that it favors star, there was a lot of star power on display among its choices.

Along with his acting nom, Clooney claimed a nomination for directing Ides. His buddy Brad Pitt was also on base with a dramatic actor nomination for Moneyball; Meryl Streep racked up her 26th Globe nomination for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; Leonardo DiCaprio secured a nom for his portrayal of another real-life figure, J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar; Ryan Gosling snared dual acting nominations, one in the drama category for his political operative in Ides and another for his comedy turn as a ladies man in Crazy, Stupid, Love; and Carnage, in which two Manhattan couples face off, earned two comedy actress nominations for its stars Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, with Winslet also picking up a TV miniseries nomination for playing the title role in Mildred Pierce.

At the same time, the Globes voters welcomed a number of relatively new faces: Rooney Mara was nominated as best dramatic actress for her fierce and pierced performance in The Girl With the Golden Tattoo; Michael Fassbender grabbed a nom for his equally exposed portrait of a sex addict in Shame; and Kirsten Wiig picked up a best actress in a comedy nom for Bridesmaids, although her costar Melissa McCarthy was left standing at the altar, without a nomination.

While there were 11 films spotlighted among the best drama and best comedy/musical pictures, there were only five directors nominated, which meant someone had to be left off the list. From the comedy side, Allen and Hazanavicius made the cut, while the dramas served up Clooney, Payne and Scorsese. But that resulted in no noms for Help's Tate Taylor, Moneyball's Miller or Horse's Spielberg.

However, in addition to Horse, Spielberg was represented by The Adventures of Tintin in the animation category, which also includes Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Puss in Boots and Rango.

Harvey Weinstein, who bet on Artist back in May when he picked up the film just prior to its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, had a lot to crow about, since the Weinstein Co. amassed 12 nominations, edging out Sony Pictures Classics, which had 10.

But for rival producer Scott Rudin, it was a morning with mixed results: While his Moneyball had four noms and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had six, his post 9/11 drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was entirely overlooked.

69th annual Golden Globes nominees complete list:


Motion Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture  – 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

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants 
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The Artist 
Midnight in Paris 
My Week With Marilyn

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Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jodie Foster, Carnage 
Charlize Theron, Young Adult 
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids 
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn 
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – 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

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas 
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I Live In (Spain) 

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo, The Artist 
Jessica Chastain, The Help 
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs 
Octavia Spencer, The Help 
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants 

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Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A 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 
Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist 
Alexander Payne, The Descendants 
Martin Scorsese, Hugo 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March 
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist 
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants 
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist 
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Hello Hello” — Gnomeo & Juliet 
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
“The Keeper” — Machine Gun Preacher 
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
"Lay Your Head Down” — Albert Nobbs
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“The Living Proof” — The Help
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas
“Masterpiece” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

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Best Television Series – Drama
American Horror Story, FX
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire 
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad 
Kelsey Grammer, Boss 
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias 
Damian Lewis, Homeland 

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Enlightened, HBO
Episodes, Showtime
Glee, FOX
Modern Family, ABC
New Girl, FOX

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Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock 
David Duchovny, Californication 
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory 
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes 

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Cinema Verite, HBO
Downton Abbey,  PBS (Masterpiece)
The Hour, BBC America
Mildred Pierce, HBO
Too Big to Fail,  HBO

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Romola Garai, The Hour 
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite 
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey 
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult 
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey 
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, To Big to Fail 
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story 
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family 
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce 

Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role in A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television 
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail 
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce 
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite 
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family