'The King's Speech' Leads Golden Globe Film Nominations With Seven

Colin Firth & Helena Bonham Carter
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Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter

"The Social Network" and "The Fighter" were close behind with six noms each, while "Glee" leads the TV pack with five.

With seven nominations, The King's Speech, the British drama about a regal speech impediment, led the nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards that were announced Tuesday morning. Facebook-founding drama The Social Network and boxing tale The Fighter followed close behind with six noms each.

In the television categories, Glee led the parade with five nominations. Eight other shows -- including 30 Rock, Dexter, Modern Family and Mad Men -- scored three noms each.

The Globe noms, voted by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., had their share of surprises.

Johnny Depp scored a double whammy, picking up two nominations in the same category -- best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical. He received the noms for playing the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland and as a man who stumbles into an international web of intrigue in The Tourist -- a movie that Sony Pictures sold as a romantic thriller. Angelina Jolie, his seductive co-star in that movie, earned a nomination as well.

The announcement of the Tourist noms drew audible laughter from the crowd of press and publicists assembled at the Beverly Hilton for the pre-dawn announcement.

In the race for best motion picture drama, Speech, Network and Fighter will go up against the ballet drama The Black Swan and dream thriller Inception when the Globes are handed out on Jan. 16.


On the best motion picture comedy side, Tourist will be competing for attention with Alice, the musical Burlesque, the alternative family tale The Kids Are All Right and the senior action movie RED.

While James Franco, who plays a trapped hiker in 127 Hours, was understandably the lone acting nominee from his movie, other films boasted multiple actors who walked away with invites to the Globe party.

The Fighter put forth the deepest acting bench, with noms for Mark Wahlberg, who plays the film’s title character; Christian Bale, who appears as his brother; Melissa Leo, who plays their mother; and Amy Adams, who appears as a girlfriend.

Speech scored a trifecta of its own, with noms going to Colin Firth, who plays King George VI; Helena Bonham Carter, who appears as his wife, the queen; and Geoffrey Rush, who portrays an Australian speech therapist.

A number of pairs of on-screen lovers also earned Globe attention: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, who play a doomed couple in Blue Valentine, secured spots in the dramatic actor and actress races; the sexy coupling of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway got comedy acting noms for Love and Other Drugs; and costars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, who appear as a longtime lesbian couple in Kids, shared the spotlight in the best comedy actress category.

On the dramatic side, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, who play college chums, in The Social Network, both won noms, as did Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, who play rival ballerinas in Black Swan.

Rounding out the best dramatic actress category, Nicole Kidman, who’s won three Globes in the past, got another turn at bat for her performance as a grieving mom in Rabbit Hole. Halle Berry, a past Globe winner for her TV portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge, was nominated for Frankie and Alice, a drama about a woman with multiple personality disorder.

Michael Douglas, who won a Globe in 1988 for playing the iconic Gordon Gecko in Wall Street, was recognized with a supporting actor nomination for reprising the character in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

The comedy actress category yielded one more surprise when the HFPA voters bestowed a nom on Emma Stone for her role in the high school comedy Easy A.


And the voters also stretched the concept of comedy in order to include nominations for Paul Giamatti, who plays a much-married man in Barney’s Version, and Kevin Spacey, who stars as convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack.

Finishing out the acting categories, are Jacki Weaver, who portrays a monstrous mom in the Australian crime tale Animal Kingdom, and Jeremy Renner, who plays a hot-headed street hood in the Boston-set The Town.

This year, the five movies nominated for best drama paired off with the five nominees for best director. Noms went to Swan’s Darren Aronofsky, Network’s David Fincher, Speech’s Tom Hooper, Inception’s Christopher Nolan and Fighter’s David O. Russell.

But that left movies like True Grit out in the cold. In the case of 127 Hours, at least its director Danny Boyle earned a screenwriting nomination along with his fellow writer Simon Beaufoy. Also nominated in the screenplay category are Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg for Kids, Nolan for Inception, David Seidler for Speech and Aaron Sorkin for Network.

127 Hours also earned a nomination for its composer A.R. Rahman, a Globe and Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire. The original score category also found room for Alexandre Desplat for Speech, Danny Elfman for Alice, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Network and Zimmer for Inception.

Burlesque danced off with two nominations in the orginal song category -- or the tunes “Bound to You,” with music by Samuel Dixon and lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler, and the Cher-sung ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” by Diane Warren.

The other nominated songs are: “Coming Home” from Country Strong; “I See the Light” from Tangled; and “There’s a Place for Us” from Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

While movies like Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon are hoping to earn best picture nominations when the Oscar noms are announced on Jan. 25, they were relegated to animated feature category by the Globe voters. That category also includes Despicable Me, The Illusionist and Tangled.

Turning its attention to foreign-language film, the Globes noms went to the Mexican/Spanish entry Biutiful, France’s The Concert, Russia’s The Edge, Italy’s I Am Love and Denmark’s In a Better World.

The winners will be announced Jan. 16 when NBC broadcasts the 68th Globes live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Ricky Gervais once again serving as the evening’s emcee.

See the full list, after the jump: [pagebreak]

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Actress in a TV series, comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Bic C
Lea Michele, Glee

Best TV movie or mini-series
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don't Know Jack

Best original song – motion picture
"Bound to You" - Burlesque
"Coming Home" - Country Strong
"I See the Light" - Tangled
"There's a Place for Us" - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" - Burlesque
Best Actor, TV series comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best original score – motion picture
Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best screenplay – motion picture
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King's Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Scott CaanHawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathern, Temple Grandin

Best TV Series, comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best foreign language film
Biutiful, Mexico, Spain
The Concert, France
The Edge, Russia
I Am Love, Italy
In a Better World, Denmark

Best animated feature film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie 
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti Barney's Version
Jake GyllenhaalLove and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Director – motion picture
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best motion picture, musical or comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best TV series, drama
Broadwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best motion picture, drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network