2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

  • Publish Date: December 15, 2011
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Movie nominations: A Clooney sweep

Films with Most Nominations
1 The Artist 6 noms
2 The Descendants 5 noms
  The Help 5 noms
4 The Ides of March 4 noms
  Midnight in Paris 4 noms
  Moneyball 4 noms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning, and silent film The Artist led all movies with a total of six nominations, including best picture and director. The Artist had already been collecting awards and nominations at a rapid pace prior to Thursday's announcement, and it is now a sure bet to receive multiple Oscar nominations in January.

The biggest surprise among the best picture nominees was the George Clooney-directed The Ides of March. But while that film has not been quite as popular with other organizations during awards season, it did, at least, receive generally positive reviews, unlike last year's biggest Globes shocker (aka The Tourist). Ides picked up four nominations overall—including writing and directing nominations for Clooney—while Clooney scored yet another nomination for starring in The Descendants, making him the year's only triple nominee.

The most notable absence from the best picture nominees is The Tree of Life, which failed to pick up any Golden Globe nominations despite dominating many of the other awards announced this month. The Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive was also virtually ignored by the HFPA (save for a supporting actor nomination for Albert Brooks); Gosling actually received two acting nominations, but for The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love instead. Also receiving a pair of nominations was Michel Hazanavicius, for writing and directing The Artist. Another dual nominee was Glenn Close, who was recognized not only for starring in Albert Nobbs, but for co-writing an original song used in the film.

The full list of film nominations is below.

Best Picture Nominations, 69th Annual Golden Globes
Best Drama Metascore   Best Comedy or Musical Metascore
The Descendants 84   50/50 72
The Help 62   The Artist 87
Hugo 83   Bridesmaids 75
The Ides of March 67   Midnight in Paris 81
Moneyball 87   My Week With Marilyn 65
War Horse tbd      
Other Film Nominations, 69th Annual Golden Globes
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 Screenplay
  • Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
  • Michael Hazanavicius The Artist
  • George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon The Ides of March
  • Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash The Descendants
  • Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Moneyball
Best Lead Actor - Drama
  • George Clooney The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar
  • Michael Fassbender Shame
  • Ryan Gosling The Ides of March
  • Brad Pitt Moneyball
Best Lead 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 Lead 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 Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
  • Jodie Foster Carnage
  • Charlize Theron Young Adult
  • Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids
  • Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn
  • Kate Winslet Carnage
Best Supporting Actor
  • Kenneth Branagh My Week With Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks Drive
  • Jonah Hill Moneyball
  • Christopher Plummer Beginners
  • Viggo Mortensen A Dangerous Method
Best Supporting Actress
  • Berenice Bejo The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain The Help
  • Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer The Help
  • Shailene Woodley The Descendants
Best Foreign-Language Film
  • The Flowers of War
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Kid With A Bike
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In
Best Animated Feature
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
Best Original Score
  • Ludovic Bource The Artist
  • Abel Korzeniowski W.E.
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Howard Shore Hugo
  • John Williams War Horse
Best Original Song
  • "Hello Hello" Gnomeo & Juliet
  • "The Keeper" Machine Gun Preacher
  • "Lay Your Head Down" Albert Nobbs
  • "The Living Proof" The Help
  • "Masterpiece" W.E.

TV nominations: Newcomers rule

Networks with Most Nominations
1 HBO 18 noms
2 Showtime 8 noms
3 PBS 5 noms
4 ABC 4 noms
  BBC America 4 noms

In television, the PBS miniseries Downton Abbey was the leader among all programs with four nominations, while HBO topped all networks with 18 nominations, more than twice the total of its nearest competitor, Showtime.

Seven of the 10 best series nominees—including all but one series nominated for best drama—are first-year programs, and new series were also well represented in the acting categories. Showtime's well-reviewed new fall series Homeland earned a best drama nomination as well as nominations for its two stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, while, more surprisingly, the somewhat under-the-radar Starz newcomer Boss earned a nomination for best drama and another for star Kelsey Grammer, in an against-type role as a scheming politician.

Critical favorite Breaking Bad was not among the best drama nominees, though the HFPA did show love for another series popular with many critics (though few viewers, given its tiny ratings): the Laura Dern HBO dramedy Enlightened. The biggest loser, though, appears to be broadcast television. Conventional broadcast networks managed to eke out just a dozen nominations overall (17 if you include PBS), with the remainder going to cable.

The full list of TV nominations is below.

Best TV Series Nominations, 69th Annual Golden Globes
Best TV Drama Nominees   Best TV Comedy or Musical Nominees
American Horror Story (FX)   Enlightened (HBO)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)   Episodes (Showtime)
Boss (Starz)   Glee (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)   Modern Family (ABC)
Homeland (Showtime)   New Girl (Fox)
Other TV Nominations, 69th Annual Golden Globes
Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie
Best Lead Actor - Drama
  • Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
  • Kelsey Grammer Boss
  • Jeremy Irons The Borgias
  • Damian Lewis Homeland
Best Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
  • Alec Baldwin 30 Rock
  • David Duchovny Californication
  • Johnny Galecki The Big Bang Theory
  • Thomas Jane Hung
  • Matt LeBlanc Episodes
Best Lead Actor - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Hugh Bonneville Downton Abbey
  • Idris Elba Luther
  • William Hurt Too Big to Fail
  • Bill Nighy Page Eight
  • Dominic West The Hour
Best Lead Actress - Drama
  • Claire Danes Homeland
  • Mireille Enos The Killing
  • Julianna Margulies The Good Wife
  • Madeleine Stowe Revenge
  • Callie Thorne Necessary Roughness
Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
  • Laura Dern Enlightened
  • Zooey Deschanel New Girl
  • Tina Fey 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney The Big C
  • Amy Poehler Parks & Recreation
Best Lead Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Romola Garai The Hour
  • Diane Lane Cinema Verite
  • Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey
  • Emily Watson Appropriate Adult
  • Kate Winslet Mildred Pierce
Best Supporting Actor
  • Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones
  • Paul Giamatti Too Big to Fail
  • Guy Pearce Mildred Pierce
  • Tim Robbins Cinema Verite
  • Eric Stonestreet Modern Family
Best Supporting Actress
  • Jessica Lange American Horror Story
  • Kelly Macdonald Boardwalk Empire
  • Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara Modern Family
  • Evan Rachel Wood Mildred Pierce

More to come

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on January 15, 2012 (8e/5p), with comedian Ricky Gervais making his third consecutive hosting appearance.

Don't forget to keep up with all of this year's film awards and nominations with our 2011 Film Awards Scorecard.

Comments (11)

  • BKM  

    As usual the Golden Globes are in their own little world. There is absolutely no legitimacy to these awards (no disrepect to some of the deserving nominees). The show is basically a giant party. The only reason I will watch this year is to see what Ricky Gervais does as the host.

  • libno  

    Finally, without Mad Men, Game of Thrones may actually stand a chance

  • Fray32  

    @AtTheMovies, lol calm down HP8 is overrated and Alan Rickman (whom I assume you're talking about) 'shouldn't win' supporting actor, imo he's rightfully not in the conversation (not that I have anything against him, he's a fantastic actor)

  • averystr  

    Guess who isn't watching the globes this year
    this list is terrible.

  • AtTheMovies  

    Let's hope that this doesn't predict the Oscar's. No nominations at all for Harry Potter, not even in categories that it should win (Original Score, Supporting Actor). It received higher scores (or tied for it) here then any film, Comedy or Drama. Outrage. Also for TV, is it a tradition for the Globes to nominate bad shows? Glee and New Girl nominated for Best Comedy, and Parks and Rec and 30 Rock aren't. This is blasphemy.

  • silentmudman23  

    I'm dissapointed that Community and Parks And Rec. weren't nominated for Best Comedy. Shocked that American Horror Story is considered a drama. But I'm happy for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and I hope he wins Best Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical. Also, I want to see The Artist win something, I truly loved that film and I'm kind of shocked that Nicolas Winding Refn wasn't nominated for Best Director. He did an excellent show and incredibly enough, he actually was the star of the movie instead of Ryan Gosling.

  • spadenx  

    Breaking Bad got outstanding reviews for its fourth season yet it gets snubbed from best drama series on tv, That is a joke. Also how did Giancarlo Esposito not get nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Gus in Breaking Bad? I am curious about that since critics were going **** over his performance in the season opener.

    The Golden Globes are a joke, They really are.

  • LynchOrwell  

    My biggest wish was that Damian Lewis get nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, so I am absolutely delighted to see this! Also, I am extremely glad to see Laura Dern and Enlightened nominated as well as Claire Danes and Homeland itself. I was also rooting for Mireille Enos so I'm very pleased with that as well.

  • LamontRaymond  

    2 quick observations - 1. If those are the best movies of the year, this has been a truly crappy year at the theaters. 2. The fact that Breaking Bad wasn't nominated completely de-legitimizes the Hollywood Foreign Press. Sure, those other nominees are all excellent shows (I don't watch Boss, but I've heard it's good), but none rises to the level of BB.

  • JRath  

    The Golden Globes are dead to me after these horrendous nominations. The lack of nominations for Drive is seriously messed up both in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Also, Harry Potter DH Part II has a higher Metascore than any of the other nominations, but still manages to get 0 nominations? Meanwhile George Clooney gets nomination after nomination.

    Then on the TV front you have the complete absence of Breaking Bad for Best Drama, not to mention leaving out several actor nominations. In addition, Community and Parks and Rec get completely snubbed despite them being some of the funniest shows on TV.

    Im not sure if it was the Golden Globes' intention to reveal that it is a rigged and political awards platform this year, but they sure have achieved in doing so.

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