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The black-and-white silent film “The Artist” (with Jean Dujardleft Missi Pyle) leads this year’s Golden Globe nominations with six.

The black-and-white silent film “The Artist” (with Jean Dujardin, left, and Missi Pyle) leads this year’s Golden Globe nominations with six.

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Drama: “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse.”

Musical or comedy: “50/50,” “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “Midnight in Paris,” “My Week With Marilyn.”

Actor, drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”; Michael Fassbender, “Shame”; Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball.”

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.”

Director: Woody Allen, “Midnight
in Paris”; George Clooney, “The Ides of March”; Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Alexander Payne,
“The Descendants”; Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

Actor, musical or comedy: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”; Brendan Gleeson, “The Guard”; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50”; Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”; Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris.”

Actress, musical or comedy: Jodie Foster, “Carnage”; Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”; Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”; Kate Winslet, “Carnage.”

Supporting actor: Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”; Albert Brooks, “Drive”; Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”; Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

Supporting actress: Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”; Jessica Chastain, “The Help”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”; Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants.”

Foreign language: “The Flowers of War,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” “The Kid With a Bike,” “A Separation,” “The Skin I Live In.”

Animated: “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Arthur Christmas,” “Cars 2,” “Puss in Boots,” “Rango.”


Series, drama: “American Horror Story,” FX; “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; “Boss,” Starz; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “Homeland,” Showtime.

Actor, drama: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”; Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”; Damian Lewis, “Homeland.”

Actress, drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Mireille Enos, “The Killing”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”; Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness.”

Series, musical or comedy: “Enlightened,” HBO; “Episodes,” Showtime; “Glee,” Fox; “Modern Family,” ABC; “New Girl,” Fox.

Actress, musical or comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened”; Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Laura Linney, “The Big C”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation.”

Actor, musical or comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”; Thomas Jane, “Hung”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes.”

Miniseries or movie: “Cinema Verite,” HBO; “Downton Abbey (“Masterpiece Theater”),” PBS; “The Hour,” BBC America; “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; “Too Big to Fail,” HBO.

Updated: January 17, 2012 8:22AM

While the Golden Globes are voted on by only 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — many with questionable journalistic credentials — the announcement of the 2011 nominations Thursday again made a major splash and added oomph to the annual awards season hoopla.

Though the nominations restored a bit of confidence for those overlooked by the Screen Actors Guild’s announcement the day before — with nods for Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” — the Hollywood Foreign Press’ list of potential winners had few surprises.

As it has with many of the critics awards already announced, “The Artist,” the first major silent film in a half century, walked off with the most nominations — a total of six, including best film/comedy or musical, best actor (Jean Dujardin) and best supporting actress (Berenice Bejo).

Two other popular critical choices — “The Descendants” and “The Help” — were not far behind, with five nominations each, also in the major categories.

In the acting categories, the Globes will feature showdowns between some of Hollywood’s most famous faces, including best buddies and former co-stars George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”) in the best actor/drama slot. They’ll compete against fellow superstar Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”) and hot younger actors Ryan Gosling (“Ides of March”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”).

The same is true in the best actress/drama film category with Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) facing off against fellow veteran Glenn Close (“Albert Knobbs”) and fellow Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), plus acclaimed younger actresses Viola Davis (“The Help”) and newcomer Rooney Mara, who was something of a surprise nomination for her performance in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Another somewhat surprising twist to the Globe nods was the lack of support for Steven Spielberg, a longtime HFPA favorite, and his “War Horse.” The movie picked up only two nominations (best picture/drama and best score), and Spielberg was snubbed in the directing category.

For Chicagoans, interest in the TV categories likely will focus on the fate of the one series shot here that received nominations: “Boss,” the Starz show that snared nods both for best drama and for its star, Kelsey Grammer, as best actor/drama.

Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 15.

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