The 2012 Golden Globe Nominees Revealed

Big names from both movies and TV dominate

The Golden Globes sprinkled a few upstarts among old favorites and went big-time retro by making its most nominated choice a silent film in nominations announced this morning.

"The Artist," the black and white French silent film starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, made the bigest splash with six nominations, including best comedy or musical. It will be up against George Clooney's  "The Descendants," Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" and the Civil Rights-era dramedy "The Help" in the awards sweepstakes Jan. 15.

Stalwarts Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar") heard their names called for best actor awards, with Clooney also scoring a screenplay nomination for "Ides of March." TV favorites "Glee," "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" fared well yet again.

But new faces at next month's awards show at the Beverly Hilton in LA will include the extremely busy Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender, who joined Clooney and DiCaprio with a "best actor" nod for "Shame."

The Best Picture, Drama nominees included the critically acclaimed "The Help," which also netted best supporting actress nods for both Chastain and Octavia Spencer," "The Descendants," "Hugo," "The Ides of March" and "Moneyball."

The top comedy nominations included "50/50," which also earned a best comic actor nod for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Bridesmaids," "The Artist" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris."

Among some of the more critically-hyped films of the year, "The "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won nominations for Rooney Mara (best actress) and Trent Reznor (best score). "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" the thriller based on the John LeCarre novel which stars Gary Oldman, was shut out.

"Glee" and "Modern Family" were among the picks for best TV comedies, but were joined by "Enlightened," "Episodes" and "New Girl." Perennial favorite "30 Rock" saw stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey both nominated for best performance in a TV musical or comedy; their NBC stablemate Amy Poehler picked up a nod for starring in "Parks and Recreation."

Laura Dern, ("Enlightened") and Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl") joined Fey and Poehler with individual nominations for their roles. Amog the male TV actors, Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Kelsey Grammar ("Boss") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borges") won best actor in a TV drama nominations.

Here's a complete list of nominees for both film and TV:


Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney for The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender for Shame
Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March
Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis for The Help
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Brendan Gleeson for The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50
Ryan Gosling for Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson for Midnight in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster for Carnage
Charlize Theron for Young Adult
Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet for Carnage

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks for Drive
Jonah Hill for Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist
Jessica Chastain for The Help
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer for The Help
Shailene Woodley for The Descendants

Best Director - Motion Picture
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
George Clooney for The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
The Artist: Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
The Ides of March: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen
Moneyball: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Albert Nobbs: ("Lay Your Head Down")
Gnomeo & Juliet: Elton John, Bernie Taupin("Hello Hello")
The Help: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.("The Living Proof")
Machine Gun Preacher: ("The Keeper")
W.E.: ("Masterpiece")

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
The Artist: Ludovic Bource
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Hugo: Howard Shore
War Horse: John Williams
W.E.: Abel Korzeniowski

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

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 


Actress in a Comedy or Musical Series
Laura Dern, “Enlightened” (HBO)
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl” (Fox)
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Laura Linney, “The Big C” (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” (NBC)
David Duchovny, “Californication” (Showtime)
Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Thomas Jane, “Hung” (HBO)
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)

Comedy or Musical Series
“Enlightened” (HBO)
“Episodes” (Showtime)
“Glee” (Fox)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“New Girl” (Fox)

Actress in Drama Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Mireille Enos, “The Killing” (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge” (ABC)
Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness” (USA)

Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Kelsey Grammar, “Boss” (Starz)
Jeremy Irons, “Borgias” (Showtime)
Damian Lewis “Homeland” (Showtime)

Drama Series
“American Horror Story” (FX)
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Boss” (Starz)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)

Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Cinema Verite” (HBO)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“The Hour” (BBC America)
“Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
“Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)
Bill Nighy, “Page Eight” (BBC America)
Dominic West, “The Hour” (BBC America)

Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai, “The Hour” (BBC America)
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Elisabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult” (Sundance)
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Tim Robbins, “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” (FX)
Kelly MacDonald, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

The Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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