2012 Oscar Watch: Golden Globe Movie Nominations

Before today, all we knew about the 69th Annual Golden Globes was Ricky Gervais was invited back to host, Miss Golden Globe 2012 was Rainey Qualley and Robert Deniro was the recipient of the Cecil B. Demille award. But the rest of the nominees were unknown until today’s reveal in Hollywood. Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and that sexy Gerard Butler announced the honorees during a press conference. BTW, doesn’t Butler look super sexy with that curly longer hair. YUMMERS. I digress.

In the past, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been criticized for nominating star power in favor of merit. Usually there are a couple of big names that earn a nod despite not showing up on any other Oscar precursor awards. In other words, they’re HUGE star f*ckers. Based on today’s nominations, the HFPA have once again been blinded by big names in some cases. That being said, most of their nominations fell in line with what other organizations have declared the best of 2011.

With the Golden Globes dividing up drama and musical/comedy films into two different categories, it affords the HFPA to nominate more people. Also, it makes if more fun for us viewers come January to see more of our favorite stars. Here are a quick thoughts on the nominations.

Leading the pack with six nominations was “The Artist” including Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. Coming in next were “The Descendants” and “The Help” with five nominations apiece. Speaking of “The Descendants”, George Clooney was a big winner today. He was nominated for directing, screenplay and acting categories. Definitely a banner year for him.

While Ryan Gosling was shut out of the SAGs, he was honored twice by the HFPA. He earned acting nods in both drama and comedy/musical categories for “The Ides of March” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” respectively. Jonah Hill kept his Oscar momentum going in the supporting field by receiving a nomination for “Moneyball”.

In the actress fields, Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster were nominated for their work on “Carnage”. Their nods are a prime example of HFPA’s obsession with A-list stars. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis and Meryl Streep continued their dominance this awards season with more nominations. Rooney Mara who has been shut out of most precursor awards finally nabbed some love for her work in the American remake of ” The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo“. Check out all the complete nomination field below.

Best Drama

  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse

Best Comedy/Musical

  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Carnage
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week With Marilyn

Best Animated Film

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Rango
  • Puss in Boots
  • The Adventures of Tintin

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 Actor in a Drama

  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
  • Michael Fassbender, Shame
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Best Actor in a 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 Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks, Drive
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Actress in a 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 Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Jodie Foster, Carnage
  • Charlize Theron, Young Adult
  • Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
  • Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
  • Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help

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 for a Motion Picture

  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
  • Steve Zallian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis, Moneyball
  • George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

  • 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 in a Motion Picture

  • “Hello Hello,” Gnomeo & Juliet
  • “The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
  • “Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
  • “The Living Proof,” The Help
  • “Masterpiece,” W.E.