Golden Globe Nominations Announced

  • Publish Date: December 14, 2010
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Movie nominations: Speech is the king

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Top-Nominated Films
1 The King's Speech 7 noms
2 The Fighter 6 noms
  The Social Network 6 noms
4 Black Swan 4 noms
  Inception 4 noms
  The Kids Are All Right 4 noms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday morning, and The King's Speech led all films with a total of seven nominations, including one for best picture (drama) as well as nominations for cast members Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

David Fincher's The Social Network, already an Oscar frontrunner and the most awarded film so far this year, was close behind with six nominations, a number equalled by boxing drama The Fighter. Not among the best picture nominees, however, were critical favorites like Winter's Bone, True Grit, or 127 Hours.

And the HFPA demonstrated what appears to be a sense of humor by nominating both Burlesque and The Tourist for best picture (comedy or musical). In fact, the group liked the latter film's star Johnny Depp so much that they gave him two acting nominations (the second being for Alice in Wonderland, which also earned a best picture nomination).

The major film nominations are below. View all nominations.

Best Picture Nominations, 68th Annual Golden Globes
Best Drama Nominees Metascore   Best Comedy or Musical Nominees Metascore
Black Swan 77   Alice in Wonderland 53
The Fighter 76   Burlesque 48
Inception 74   The Kids Are All Right 86
The King's Speech 87   Red 61
The Social Network 95   The Tourist 37
Other Major Film Nominations, 68th Annual Golden Globes
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 Screenplay
  • Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle 127 Hours
  • Christopher Nolan Inception
  • Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko The Kids Are All Right
  • David Seidler The King's Speech
  • Aaron Sorkin The Social Network
Best Lead 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 Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
  • Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp The Tourist
  • Paul Giamatti Barney's Version
  • Jake Gyllenhaal Love And Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey Casino Jack
Best Lead Actress - Drama
  • Halle Berry Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams Blue Valentine
Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
  • Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right
  • Anne Hathaway Love And Other Drugs
  • Angelina Jolie The Tourist
  • Julianne Moore The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone Easy A
Best Supporting Actor
  • Christian Bale The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech
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 Foreign-Language Film
  • Biutiful
  • The Concert
  • The Edge
  • I Am Love
  • In a Better World
Best Animated Feature
  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3

TV nominations: Another Glee-ful year

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Top-Nominated Networks
1 HBO 12 noms
2 Showtime 8 noms
3 CBS 6 noms
  Fox 6 noms
5 AMC 5 noms

In television, Fox's musical-comedy Glee was the leader among all programs for the second consecutive year, scoring five nominations, one more than it earned in 2009 as a first-year series. This year, the HFPA recognized even more rookie programs in its roster of 11 nominees for best show: HBO's Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Walking Dead, and Showtime's The Big C.

Only one of the best drama nominees -- CBS's The Good Wife -- came from a broadcast network, although the traditional networks did better in the comedy or musical category, with 30 Rock, first-time nominee The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family joining Glee as nominees. House, True Blood, Entourage and The Office were among last year's nominees that didn't secure a nomination this year.

As it does at every awards show, HBO led all networks with a total of 12 nominations, thanks in large part to its crop of movies and miniseries, including The Pacific and You Don't Know Jack. The network will have competition in the miniseries race from Carlos, the made-for-French-TV series (shown on Sundance here) that is being hailed by many film critics as one of the best movies of the year, thanks to its theatrical release in the U.S.

The major TV nominations are below. View all nominations.

Best TV Series Nominations, 68th Annual Golden Globes
Best TV Drama Nominees   Best TV Comedy or Musical Nominees
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)   30 Rock (NBC)
Dexter (Showtime)   The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Good Wife (CBS)   The Big C (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)   Glee (Fox)
The Walking Dead (AMC)   Modern Family (ABC)
    Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Other Major TV Nominations, 68th Annual Golden Globes
Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie
  • Carlos (Sundance)
  • The Pacific (HBO)
  • Pillars of the Earth (Starz)
  • Temple Grandin (HBO)
  • You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
Best Lead Actor - Drama
  • Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Michael C. Hall Dexter (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie House (Fox)
Best Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
  • Alec Baldwin 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Steve Carell The Office (NBC)
  • Thomas Jane Hung (HBO)
  • Matthew Morrison Glee (Fox)
  • Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Best Lead Actor - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Idris Elba Luther (BBC America)
  • Ian McShane Pillars Of The Earth (Starz)
  • Al Pacino You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
  • Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship (HBO)
  • Edgar Ramirez Carlos (Sundance)
Best Lead Actress - Drama
  • Julianna Margulies The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Elisabeth Moss Mad Men (AMC)
  • Piper Perabo Covert Affairs (USA)
  • Katey Sagal Sons Of Anarchy (FX)
  • Kyra Sedgwick The Closer (TNT)
Best Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
  • Toni Collette United States Of Tara (Showtime)
  • Edie Falco Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Laura Linney The Big C (Showtime)
  • Lea Michele Glee (Fox)
Best Lead Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie
  • Hayley Atwell Pillars Of The Earth (Starz)
  • Claire Danes Temple Grandin (HBO)
  • Judi Dench Return To Cranford (PBS)
  • Romola Garai Emma (PBS)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt The Client List (Lifetime)
Best Supporting Actor
  • Scott Caan Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
  • Chris Colfer Glee (Fox)
  • Chris Noth The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Eric Stonestreet Modern Family (ABC)
  • David Strathairn Temple Grandin (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress
  • Hope Davis The Special Relationship (HBO)
  • Jane Lynch Glee (Fox)
  • Kelly MacDonald Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Julia Stiles Dexter (Showtime)
  • Sofia Vergara Modern Family (ABC)

The early reactions

Critics and columnists have already started posting their reactions to the Golden Globe announcements. Here's a sampling:

  • HitFix's Alan Sepinwall on the TV nominations: "The nomination of 'Covert Affairs' star Perabo sums up how ridiculous it is that anyone try to take the Golden Globes seriously as an arbiter of what's best on television."
  • Time's James Poniewozik on the TV nominations: "The best comedy category ... is almost a total travesty, with Modern Family the only defensible choice based on the 2010 calendar year, possibly along with Nurse Jackie."
  • TV Squad's Maureen Ryan on the TV nominations: "'Glee's' 15 minutes of overhyped, overheated attention won't ever end, apparently. As much as I love Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch's continually fine work, the nominations for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele feel perfunctory, and there are quite a few shows more deserving of a best-comedy nod."

More to come

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on January 16, 2010 (8e/5p), with comedian Ricky Gervais set to host for the second consecutive year.

Don't forget to keep up with all of this year's film awards and nominations with our 2010 Film Awards Scorecard. The awards season continues with Thursday's announcement of the SAG Award nominations.

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Comments (10)

  • CR  

    Burlesque, Red and Alice in Wonderland nominations? Just shows you how desperate these academies are of trying to keep in touch with the younger generations.

    Ratings will continue to fall.

  • lu  

    how can breaking bad not be up for best drama??? i also think that community should get a couple noms

  • John  

    Who is this again? The Hollywood Foreign Press? How can such an influential body be so out of touch with quality films? The Tourist? Alice and Wonderland? Twin nominations fo Depp? What the hell is going on?

  • Scott  

    King's Speech: 7 nom nom noms.

  • Anoymous  

    Not Glee again! Glee sucks!

  • Jordan  

    These guys must have some sick, twisted obsession with Johnny Depp. He's a good actor, but his movies this year are not good. Why are Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist nominated? They're horrible! The Tourist isn't even a Musical or Comedy!
    ...And where the hell is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World!!!!

  • Jeremy F  

    the golden globes get a lot of things wrong. ie: red, burlesque, the tourist (which seems to be neither comedy/musical nor drama, so...). and basically that stuff.
    HOWEVER, i am extremely gladly surprised to see both Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling up there for acting for Blue Valentine. i doubt they'll win, but the underdog won last year (Sally Hawkins) so let's keep hope alive!

  • CM  

    Seriously, Red and Burlesque? Good to see Luther, Carlos and SOA have a nomination... They deserved more.

  • John Eckersly  

    There is a lot of fail in the Golden Globes: Burlesque, Alice in Wonderland, and The Tourist as nominations? Fail. Fail. And fail. Seriously. Easy A is a better comedy or musical. So are I love you Phillip Morris, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Please Give, Cyrus, freaking Cyrus was, possibly, my favorite comedy this year, and Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me and Megamind, but, right, those are animated movies, so they don't count even though they're all vastly superior.

    Way to fail Golden Globes.

    Also, no nominations for Get Low. Fail.

  • Mitch Tough  

    Hey, Don't knock Piper Perabo. Covert Affairs ain't bad.

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