69th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association closed out a week-long spectacle of awards season precursors with their  announcement of the 69th Annual Golden Globe nominations. While they’ve never been subtle in their attempts to score big names for the ceremony, this year’s nominations took pandering to the Hollywood elite to a completely new level, starting with George Clooney snagging three nominations  for Leading Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Now that all of the major precursors are in, here’s where we stand – Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are pretty much a lock for their respective categories. Shailene Woodley, though snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild, is back in the race with a nomination here. Glenn Close chances are increasing tremendously and her “due factor” should still be able to get her on an Oscar ballot, but the sacrificial lamb for that nomination could very well be Charlize Theron.

As for Elizabeth Olsen who had so much promise with her BFCA nomination earlier this week, her Oscar hopes and dreams are officially crushed. First the Screen Actors Guild snub her, now the HFPA vote in Rooney Mara over her and then its really all downhill from there.

Someone whose Oscar chances on an uphill – Jonah Hill (no pun intended). Though the Moneyball  star failed to score a BFCA nomination, he’s more than made up for it with a surprising SAG nomination over Albert Brooks and now a Golden Globe nod.

Back in the game is Michael Fassbender, though you shouldn’t start reaching for your confetti and noisemakers just yet. Word on the streets is that the Academy “hated” Shame, and the lack of SAG nomination for Fassbender pretty much supports that theory, so enjoy this nod while you can because it may very well be his last – not counting the BAFTAs, of course.

As for the Best Picture race – The Help, The Descendants, Moneyball, The Artist and Hugo are definite for an Oscar nomination, while The Ides of March is strictly a vanity nomination for the Globes.

The 69th Annual Golden Globes air  Sunday, January 15, 2012 on NBC.

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

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

BEST ACTRESS: 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: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST ACTOR: 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 ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Separation” (Iran)
The Flowers Of War” (China)
“The Kid With The Bike” (Belgium)
“In The Land Of Blood and Honey” (USA)
“The Skin I Live In” (Spain)

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Artist
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Ludovic Bource – “The Artist”
Abel Korzeniowski – “W.E.”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”
Howard Shore – “Hugo”
John Williams – “War Horse”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss In Boots
Rango

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Hello Hello” – “Gnomeo & Juliet – Elton John
“Lay Your Head Down” – “Albert Nobbs” – Sinead O’Connor
“The Living Proof” – “The Help” – Mary J. Blige
“The Keeper” – “Machine Gun Preacher” – Gerard Butler
“Masterpiece” – “W.E.” – Madonna

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