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"King's Speech" Leads Golden Globe Nominations

A scene from Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech."

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" led the characteristically surprising 2010 Golden Globe Award nominations, which honored the film in seven categories including best drama, best director, best screenplay, best musical score, as well as acting nominations for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in this morning's announcement from Los Angeles. "Speech" was joined primarily by David Fincher's "The Social Network" and David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which both garnered six nominations including best drama and best director. Other major nominees included Christopher Nolan's "Inception," Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," and Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," all of which were generally expected (and helps all six films considerably in continuing their Oscar bound momentum).

Not expected, however, was a complete shut out of nominations for Joel & Ethan Coen's "True Grit," particularly in the best actor category, where Jeff Bridges was left out from the lineup, which included James Franco, Colin Firth, Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Gosling and, most surprisingly, "The Fighter"'s Mark Wahlberg (that film's entire cast - including Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo - received nominations).

Also shut out completely were Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," Peter Weir's "The Way Back," James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know," and Nigel Cole's "Made in Dagenham" (the latter two notable as they were eligible in the comedy/musical categories where competition was clearly minimal), while Ben Affleck's "The Town," Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" and John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole" were limited to one acting nomination each, for Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicole Kidman, respectively.

Not so lucky as those three in the acting categories were the likes of Robert Duvall ("Get Low"), Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit"), Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love," which did get a foreign film nomination), Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right"), Sam Rockwell ("Conviction"), Javier Bardem ("Biutiful," which also received a foreign film nod), Dianne Weist ("Rabbit Hole"), and Lesley Manville ("Another Year"). The fact that Swinton, Bardem, Weist, and Manville all missed out on yesterday's Critics Choice Awards unfortunately is not a good sign regarding future award nominations (though Thursday's SAG Award nominations could change that).

The folks that did make the cut included some pleasant duos (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams both making it in for "Blue Valentine") and some unpleasant, very-true-to-the-spirit-of-the-Golden-Globes ones (red carpet ready Johnny Depp getting two nominations for "The Tourist" and "Alice in Wonderland," and then Angelina Jolie joining him for her work on "The Tourist"). Less unpleasant was "Burlesque" managing a pair of best song nominations, and a comedy/musical picture nom, but critically reviled films like "The Tourist" and "Love and Other Drugs" joining it was a rather ridiculous (but expectedly so) move on the Globes' part.

The Golden Globes ceremony, to be hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live on Sunday, January 16, 2011 from The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Last year, "Up In The Air" topped the nominations, which in the acting categories the Globes were a precursor for 18 of the 20 eventual Oscar nominees (though the Globes themselves have 30 acting nominees), missing out only on "The Hurt Locker"'s Jeremy Renner (nominated this year) and "Crazy Heart"'s Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Check out Anne Thompson's commentary on the nominations here, as well as the 10 most ridiculous things about the nominations here.

Full list of film nominations:

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

BEST ACTOR: 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 ACTRESS: DRAMA
Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

BEST SCREENPLAY
127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The King's Speech
Alice in Wonderland
127 Hours
The Social Network
Inception

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Bound To You" (Burlesque)
"Coming Home" (Country Strong)
"I See The Light" (Tangled)
"There's a Place For Us" (The Chronicles of Narnia)
"You Haven't Seen The Last of Me" (Burlesque)

For a complete list of recently announced awards, click here.

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