The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball and War Horse are the six films in the running for the Golden Globe for best drama but The Artist, which is in the category for best comedy or musical, has the most Golden Globe nominations.
The Artist, which takes audiences back to 1920s Hollywood when talking pictures were arriving, has six nominations. The Help and The Descendants have five nominations and The Ides of March, Moneyball and Midnight in Paris have four each. Hugo, Carnage, My Week with Marilyn and Albert Nobbs have three each.
The Awards will be presented on January 15, as usual at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
In the category for directors, Michel Hazanavicius and The Artist is up against Woody Allen and Midnight in Paris, which is also in the comedy or musical category. The other contenders for best director are George Clooney (The Ides of March), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo).
Hazanavicius, Allen, Clooney and Payne are also competing in the screenplay category although neither Clooney nor Payne worked alone on their respective scripts.
Meryl Streep, who has won more Golden Globe Awards than any other individual, could be about to win her eighth – this time for playing Maggie Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Her most celebrated competition in the category for best actress for a drama includes Glenn Close for playing a man in Albert Nobbs and Tilda Swinton for playing a harassed mother in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Those competing for best actress in a comedy or musical include Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet (both for Carnage), Charlize Theron (Young Adult) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn).
Turning to the men, Clooney has a nomination in the category for best actor in a drama, but for The Descendants rather than for directing himself in The Ides of March. Ryan Gosling scored a nomination for The Ides of March, however, and also for Crazy, Stupid, Love in the category for best actor in a comedy or musical.
The Golden Globes are held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is made up of less than 100 LA-based journalists who disseminate information about the US film industry across the world. The first awards ceremony was held in 1944.
There are 14 categories for film and 11 for television and, as usual. The film nominations are as follows:
MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The Descendants, Sofia Vergara Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Help, DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures
Hugo, Paramount Pictures presents a GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures
The Ides of March, Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing
Moneyball, Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing International
War Horse, DreamWorks Pictures; Touchstone Pictures
MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50, Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures; Summit Entertainment
The Artist, a La Petite Reine – Studio 37 – La Classe Americaine – JD Prod- France3 Cinema – Jouror Production-uFilms coproduction; The Weinstein Company
Bridesmaids, Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures
Midnight in Paris, A Mediapro, Versatil Cinema & Gravier Production; Sony Pictures Classics
My Week with Marilyn, The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Flowers of War (Jing Ling Shi San Chai), New Pictures Film Company; Wrekin Hill Entertainment
In the Land of Blood and Honey, GK Films; FilmDistrict
The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Velo), Les Films du Fleuve; Sundance Selects
A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), Asghar Farhadi; Sony Pictures Classics
The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), El Deseo D.A., S.L.U.; Sony Pictures Classics
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/ Hemisphere Capital/Amblin Entertainment/Wingnut Films Production/ Kennedy/Marshall Production A Steven Spielberg Film; Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures
Arthur Christmas, Columbia Pictures & Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing International
Cars 2, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
Puss in Boots, DreamWorks Animation; Paramount Pictures
Rango, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink / GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures
BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon CHECK ITS GRANT
Midnight In Paris, Woody Allen
Moneyball, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian
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
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
“Lay Your Head Down”, Albert Nobbs, music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close
“Hello Hello”, Gnomeo and Juliet, music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin
“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
The Keeper”, Machine Gun Preacher, music & lyrics by Chris Cornell
“Masterpiece”, W.E., music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry