'The Help,' 'Descendants' also nommed; 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Abbey' top TV noms

The Artist” is painting itself quite an awards-season picture indeed, as the Weinstein Co. pic led all Golden Globe nominations with six, padding an already robust kudos tally for the silent, black-and-white tribute to old Hollywood.

Other best-drama nominations went to “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Ides of March,” “Moneyball” and “War Horse.” In all, five noms each went to “The Descendants” and “The Help”; “Ides of March,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Moneyball” garnered four apiece.

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations got under way early Thursday at the Beverly Hilton with Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. president Aida Takla-O’Reilly acknowledging the 5:20 a.m. start.

“Good morning everyone, and thank you for setting your alarm clock extra, extra early today,” Takla-O’Reilly told a ballroom full of bleary-eyed publicists and press, reminding them that the January telecast would be hosted by “the naughty, naughty schoolboy Ricky Gervais.”

Nominations for comedy or musical pics belonged to “50/50,” “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “Midnight in Paris” and “My Week With Marilyn” – the last of which, a drama to its core with one notable musical number, was a head-scratcher in the vein of last year’s musical/comedy nomination for Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie starrer “The Tourist.” (Also of note: None of the nominees were pure musicals, while “Bridesmaids” was the only straight-up comedy.)

Best drama actor contenders are George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), Ryan Gosling (“The Ides of March”), Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”). Up for drama actress are Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) and Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

The HFPA breathed new life into “Ides of March,” largely ignored by critics groups so far this season. It also put Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” – a near no-show so far this awards season – back into the conversation with two supporting-actress noms, one for Golden Globes darling Kate Winslet and another for Jodie Foster. And awards momentum continued for Albert Brooks’ “Drive” perf of understated menace, as the traditionally comedic actor was nominated for best supporting actor, adding to his Indie Spirit nom and several critics’ laurels.

But perhaps nothing benefited more than “The Artist,” consistently the most lauded pic at this early point in the season.

“I feel like a spoiled child, but when we were shooting, it never really crossed our mind (about) the awards it might receive,” Dujardin told Variety . “We always wanted it to work, but it is a very abstract piece of art, so it’s a very nice surprise to see it so well received.”

On the TV side of the Golden Globes, it was out with the old and in with the new: The kudocast saw an aggressive reshuffling of the decks across categories, which injected plenty of fresh blood including many rookie series.

While HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” which won for best drama series last year, is back this year, it’s the lone returning entrant. The other four are all freshmen: HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” FX’s “American Horror Story” and Starz’s “Boss.”

With CBS’ “The Good Wife” failing to nab a repeat nomination, cable series entirely fill the drama category.

Broadcast fared a bit better on the comedy side, where last year’s winner, Fox’s “Glee,” returns and the network’s rookie series “New Girl” also contends. ABC’s “Modern Family” is back as well but alongside some dark-horse contenders – HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “Episodes” – that managed to knock out some broadcast favorites: NBC’s “30 Rock” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Theory” was also knocked for a loop in the comedy actor category where last year’s winner, Jim Parsons, didn’t get a nomination, but his co-star, Johnny Galecki, did. He’s joined by “30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin and Thomas Jane of “Hung” as well as new entrants from Showtime, David Duchovny of “Californication” and Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes.”

Perhaps the rudest awakening in the actor categories was the shutout handed “Glee,” which earned the most nominations of any series last year. But the four actors who were nominated last time, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfe,r didn’t get invited back to compete.

Back on the film side, notably shut out from any Golden Globe nominations were Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” Gary Oldman starrer “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and the late entry “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” from director Stephen Daldry.

Among film distribs, the Weinstein Co. and Columbia each got 12 (including “Tintin,” shared with Paramount), and Sony Pictures Classics got 10, with the combo marking Sony as the theatrical leader.

Thesps Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara joined Takla-O’Reilly in announcing nominations in 25 categories at the Beverly Hilton. Harrelson provided some comic relief during the noms announcement, plugging the opening of “Rampart” and questioning whether his name was left off the list of lead drama actor nominees. After the announcements, Harrelson made a quick exit, followed shortly afterward by fellow presenters Butler and Rashida Jones, but Vergara indulged a line of media outlets waiting to chat with her about her unique pronunciation of “Scorsese.”

Andrew Wallenstein, Cynthia Littleton and Rachel Abrams contributed to this report.

This List:

MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
“Descendants”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“The Ides of March”
“Moneyball”
“War Horse”

MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“50/50″
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“Midnight in Paris”
“My Week With Marilyn”

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

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”

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”

ACTRESS , COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster – “Carnage”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”
Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”
Kate Winslet – “Carnage”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MOTION PICTURE
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, 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”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Arthur Christmas”
“Cars 2″
“Puss ‘n Boots”
“Rango”

BEST SCREENPLAY, MOTION PICTURE
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants”- Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
“The Ides of March” – George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen
“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Flowers of War” (“Jing Ling Shi San Chai”) – China
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (“Le Gamin au Velo”) – USA
“The Kid with Bike” (Belgium)
“A Separation” (“Jodaeiye Nader az Simin”) – Iran
“The Skin I Live In” (“La piel que habito”) – Spain

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG, MOTION PICTURE
“Hello Hello” – “Gnomeo and Juliet” – Music by: Elton John; Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
“The Keeper” – “Machine Gun Preacher” – Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
“Lay Your Head Down” – “Albert Nobbs” – Music by: Brian Byrne; Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“The Living Proof” – “The Help” – Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.;Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas
“Masterpiece” – “W.E.” – Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

TV

BEST DRAMA
“American Horror Story” (FX)
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Boss” (Starz)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (HBO)

BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“Enlightened” (HBO)
“Episodes” (Showtime)
“Glee” (FOX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“The New Girl” (Fox)

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
“Cinema Verite” (HBO)
“Downton Abbey”(PBS)
“The Hour” (BBC America)
“Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Kelsey Grammer – “Boss”
Jeremy Irons – “The Borgias”
Damian Lewis – “Homeland”

ACTRESS, DRAMA
Juliana Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Mireille Enos – “The Killing”
Madeleine Stowe – “Revenge”
Callie Thorne – “Necessary Roughness”

ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin – “30 rock”
Dave Duchovny – “Californication”
Jonhnny Galecki – “The Big Bang Theory”
Thomas Jane – “Hung”
Matt Leblanc – “Episodes”

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Laura Dern – “Enlightened”
Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Laura Linney – “The Big C”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
Hugh Bonneville – “Downton Abbey”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
William Hurt – “Too Big to Fail”
Bill Nighy – “Page Eight”
Dominic West – “The Hour”

ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
Romola Garai – “The Hour”
Diane Lane – “Cinema Verite”
Elizabeth McGovern – “Downton Abbey”
Emily Watson – “Appropriate Adult”
Kate Winslet – “Mildred Pierce”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
Paul Giamatti – “Too Big to Fail”
Guy Pearce – “Mildred Pierce”
Tim Robbins – “Cinema Verite”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
Kelly Macdonald – “Boardwalk Empire”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Evan Rachel Wood – “Mildred Pearce”

THE CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD
Morgan Freeman

SCORECARD

MOTION PICTURE
“The Artist” – 6
“The Descendants” – 5
“The Help” – 5
“The Ides Of March” – 4
“Midnight In Paris” – 4
“Moneyball” – 4
“Albert Nobbs” – 3
“Hugo” – 3
“My Week With Marilyn” – 3
“50/50″ – 2
“Bridesmaids” – 2
“Carnage” – 2
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” – 2
“W.E.” – 2
“War Horse” – 2
“The Adventures Of Tintin” – 1
“Arthur Christmas” – 1
“Beginners” – 1
“Cars 2″ – 1
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” – 1
“A Dangerous Method” – 1
“Drive” – 1
“The Flowers Of War” – 1
“Gnomeo & Juliet” – 1
“The Guard” – 1
“In The Land Of Blood And Honey” – 1
“The Iron Lady” – 1
“J. Edgar” – 1
“The Kid With A Bike” – 1
“Machine Gun Preacher” – 1
“Puss In Boots” – 1
“Rango” – 1
“A Separation” – 1
“Shame” – 1

TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
“Downton Abbey” – (Masterpiece) 4
“Mildred Pierce” – 4
“Boardwalk Empire” – 3
“Cinema Verite” – 3
“Homeland” – 3
“The Hour” – 3
“Modern Family” – 3
“Too Big To Fail” – 3
“30 Rock” – 2
“American Horror Story” – 2
“Boss” – 2
“Enlightened” – 2
“Episodes” – 2
“Game Of Thrones” – 2
“New Girl” – 2
“Appropriate Adult” – 1
“The Big Bang Theory” – 1
“The Big C” – 1
“The Borgias” – 1
“Breaking Bad” – 1
“Californication” – 1
“Glee” – 1
“The Good Wife” – 1
“Hung” – 1
“The Killing” – 1
“Luther” – 1
“Necessary Roughness” – 1
“Page Eight” (Masterpiece) – 1
“Parks And Recreation” – 1
“Revenge” – 1

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