The Artist leads Golden Globe Nominations

The Artist
The Artist leads the nominations for the 2011 Golden Globe awards. The silent, black and white festival favourite is now a bona fide front-runner for Best Picture at the Oscars. (However, everyone was saying the same thing last year about The Social Network, so…) The Artist got 6 noms including Best Picture (Comedy), although the highly touted Uggie the Dog was snubbed in the Best Supporting Actor category. Leading the Drama category for Best Picture is The Descendants with 5, followed by The Help (which lead the Screen Actors Guild nominations yesterday) and Moneyball with 4, as well as The Ides of March, which many people (including me) had written off as an Oscar contender. Joining The Artist in the Best Picture (Comedy) is my favourite film of the year Midnight in Paris, which scored 4 noms including Best Actor for Owen Wilson. My Week with Marilyn strangely got a Best Pic (comedy) nod too… I guess the HFPA got quite a hoot from the casting of Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh. Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey found a nom in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and Madonna’s W.E. scored noms for score and song… perhaps a hint that she should stick to music?

I've seen many/most of the titles, and the nominations are good overall! (Except for that Carey Mulligan snub!) Check back in January for picks/predictions!

Full list of nominees (titles link to reviews)

Best Picture
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Picture Comedy or Musical
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Midnight in Paris
Best Director
Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best 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

Best Actor, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame (Woo!)
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best 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

Best Actor Supporting
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress Supporting
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain , The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation (Iran)
The Flowers Of War (China)
The Kid With The Bike (Belgium)
In The Land Of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Skin I Live in (Spain)

Best Animated Feature
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

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

Best Score
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

Best Original Song
“Hello Hello” – “Gnomeo & Juliet – Elton John
“Lay Your Head Down” – “Albert Nobbs” – Sinead O’Connor
“The Living Proof” – “The Help” – Mary J. Blige
“The Keeper” – “Machine Gun Preacher” – Gerard Butler
“Masterpiece” – “W.E.” – Madonna

Full list of nominees, including TV.
Awards air January 15. Best of luck!