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:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Ides of March
Best 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
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
Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn
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
Best 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
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
Best 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
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