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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST

The Artist

The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performance by an Actor (Drama) courtesy of George Clooney, and Best Director for Alexander Payne, and newcomer Shailene Woodley garnered a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Silent film The Artist scored nominations for Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role (Berenice Bejo) and Best Performance By An Actor in the Comedy Or Musical category (Jean Dujardin).
 
Other big contenders at the January ceremony include The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, and My Week with Marilyn, all of which scored three nominations.

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by British comic Ricky Gervais, will take place on January 15th in Los Angeles.

The nominations were announced by actors Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones, and Sofia Vergara in Beverly Hills on Thursday and the main movie award categories are as follows:
 
 War HorseBest Motion Picture - Drama
 The Descendants
 The Help
 Hugo
 The Ides of March
 Moneyball
 War Horse
 
 The Iron LadyBest Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - 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
 
J. Edgar Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
 George Clooney - The Descendants
 Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
 Michael Fassbender - Shame
 Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
 Brad Pitt - Moneyball
 
 50-50Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
 50/50
 The Artist
 Bridesmaids
 Midnight in Paris
 My Week With Marilyn
 
Bridesmaids Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
 Jodie Foster - Carnage
 Charlize Theron - Young Adult
 Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
 Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
 Kate Winslet - Carnage
 
 The GuardBest Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - 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
 
The Help  Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
 Berenice Bejo - The Artist
 Jessica Chastain - The Help
 Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
 Octavia Spencer - The Help
 Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
 
 A Dangerous MethodBest Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
 Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
 Albert Brooks - Drive
 Jonah Hill - Moneyball
 Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method
 Christopher Plummer - Beginners
 
The Descendants  Best Director - Motion Picture
 Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
 George Clooney - The Ides of March
 Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
 Alexander Payne - The Descendants
 Martin Scorsese - Hugo

 

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