Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, which were announced this morning in Los Angeles.
The French homage to Hollywood's Golden age took six nominations, including best picture (comedy or musical), best director, best screenplay and acting nods for Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo (both of whom are all but assured Oscar nominations at this point).
Other films that did quite well this morning included Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Tate Taylor's "The Help" (both of which had 5 nominations), and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" (all 4 nominations).
All of those films received best picture nods in either the drama or musical/comedy categories, as did "Hugo," "War Horse," "Bridesmaids," "50/50," and "My Week With Marilyn."
Overall, the nominations were mostly devoid of the typical Golden Globe loopiness. There were no annual nominations for Johnny Depp's latest role as a pirate, nor "The Tourist" or "Burlesque"-like nominees in the unusually deserving musical or comedy nominees. As a result, the nods were generally quite classy, particularly in the musical or comedy categories where the likes of "50/50," "The Guard," "Carnage" and "Young Adult" all received mentions.
That said, the Hollywood Foreign Press still found ways to nominate as many stars as possible as many times as possible. George Clooney himself got a whopping 4 nominations, for producting, writing and directing "The Ides of March" and for acting in "The Descendants" (though they resisted a fifth for supporting actor in "Ides").
"W.E." and "In The Land of Blood and Honey" directors Madonna and Angelina Jolie got nominations as well. Madonna was nominated for best original song, while Jolie's "Honey" got a foreign language film nod, all but guaranteeing attendance for both.
In terms of snubs, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" were perhaps the films most hurt by the nominations in terms of their eventual quest for Oscar nods. Neither received a single mention here.
"Bridesmaids" actress Melissa McCarthy was also a surprise omission (particularly considering her SAG and BFCA nods... one would have thought if any group were to give her a nod it was the Globes), while other acting snubs included Gary Oldman, Elizabeth Olsen, Armie Hammer, Nick Nolte, Max von Sydow, Vanessa Redgrave and Carey Mulligan.
But the most shocking omission of all? No song nominations for "The Muppets." Hopefully Oscar corrects that error.
Full list of nominations below.
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
The Ides of March
BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J.Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
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 ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristin 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 SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
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)
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Ludovic Bource - "The Artist"
Abel Korzeniowski - "W.E."
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Howard Shore - "Hugo"
John Williams - "War Horse"
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss In Boots
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