Golden Globe Nominations Announced

By Charlotte Bumstead
Joining Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk at approximately 5 a.m. this morning were Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood to announce nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The awards show will air live on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. Taking the lead is British film The King’s Speech, with seven nominations in a range of categories including Best Dramatic Film, as well as recognizing actors Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

Other contenders for the top spot include ballet thriller Black Swan, boxer tale The Fighter, mind twisting fantasy Inception and Facebook marvel portrayal The Social Network. Mirroring the best picture category is Best Director, recognizing the faces behind the five big films with nominees: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Christopher Nolan (Inception), David Fincher (The Social Network) and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

The Best Male Performance title also reflects the big drama films named. Firth is up against Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter), as well as nominees James Franco (127 Hours) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine). Nominees for Best Female Performance include: Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine).

In the running for the other big category– Best Comedy Or Musical Film are: magical adventure Alice in Wonderland, majestic theatre performance Burlesque, modern family portrait The Kids are All Right, explosive action-comedy Red and romantic chase The Tourist.

Starring in The Kids are All Right and depicting a lesbian couple, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore go head-to-head for Best Female Performance in comedy or musical. Also competing for the title are Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) and Emma Stone (Easy A).

Johnny Depp doubles his chances for taking home the Best Actor award, with nominations for both Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist. His competition includes Jake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs), Paul Giamatti (Barney`s Version) and Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack).

Nominated for their supporting roles are male actors: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Geoffrey Rush (The King`s Speech). Supporting female nominees are: Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King`s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Amy Adams (The Fighter) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

The nominations for Best Animated Film include: Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled and Toy Story 3.

In the category of Best Dramatic Television Series are: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. Battling for Best Comedy TV Series are: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Glee, Modern Family and Nurse Jackie.

Notable TV nominees include:
Actor, TV drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Hugh Laurie, House.
Actress, TV drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs; Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.
Actress, TV comedy: Toni Collette, The United States of Tara; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Laura Linney, The Big C; Lea Michele, Glee.
Actor, TV comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office; Thomas Jane, Hung; Matthew Morrison, Glee; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.
TV miniseries or movie: Carlos; The Pacific; Temple Grandin; You Don’t Know Jack; Pillars of the Earth.