Moms grab noms in ‘Kids,’ while Jolie’s a ‘Tourist’ with secrets, Stone’s not as ‘Easy’ as she seems and Hathaway falls for her pharmaceutical friend with benefits.

Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Bening has been a double Globe nominee before, but in what’s been a banner year for this lauded actress — earning raves for both “Kids” and “Mother and Child” — the HFPA chose to single her out for the more celebrated film, and it’s not hard to see why. Its careful web of familial and marital strife derives much of its tension from her controlling doctor’s keen, prickly emotional smoke signals and bitingly funny delivery.

Anne Hathaway, “Love and Other Drugs”
Still working hard to erase any trace of her Disney princess past — something she earned favor for with a “Rachel Getting Married” nom two years ago — Hathaway brought acerbic smarts and a healthy tinge of carnal delight to a traditionally dour role: The medically doomed lover. Yet when it counted, those big, wet, doll’s eyes delivered on the magnetic vulnerability that “Love and Other Drugs” needed for its swoony, heart-tugging core.

Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist”
Swanning through a treacherous Venice with studio-era glamour and an air of bemusement, one of the world’s biggest movie stars tried almost single-handedly to wrest from a meandering adventure a kind of old-school European spy lark. Reviews for “The Tourist” may have been less than charitable, but the three-time Globe-winning Jolie survived by adding a touch of near-parody to her impossibly cool woman of mystery, seducing the HFPA in the process.

Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
Her “The Kids Are All Right” co-star Annette Bening may earn more love from Oscar, but the HFPA’s generosity with categories has helped give the critically beloved Moore welcome awards-season props. Her loving, hippie-ish lesbian mom, whose diminishment issues lead her to be a reluctant adulterer, is never less than a sympathetic figure, even as she threatens to upend a hard-won home life. Plus, Moore has no trouble accessing the humorous contours in the role.

Emma Stone, “Easy A”
Invariably the HFPA likes to shine a spotlight on a hot newcomer, and in this case it’s the 22-year-old Stone, a slender dynamo with killer comic timing (see “Superbad” and “Zombieland”) who made the most of her lead debut in this “Scarlet Letter”-inspired high school comedy. As a social wallflower who generates a fake bad reputation to good and ill effect, Stone showed a flair for screwball charm, sex appeal and brainy wit that won over auds and has helped launch her into the top tier of rising female stars.

A year ago . . .

Clearly, the HFPA has been having a longtime love affair with Meryl Streep. Being singled out last year for both “Julie and Julia” (for which she won) and “It’s Complicated,” Streep recorded her 24th and 25th Golden Globe nominations. Her first noms date back to the 1978 pic “The Deer Hunter,” which she lost in the supporting race to Dyan Cannon in “Heaven Can Wait.” Following that defeat, Streep went on to win three in a row over the next four years — “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Sophie’s Choice.” But it’s not just in the early ’80s that Streep dominates. Since 2003, she has won four Globes: “Adaptation,” HBO’s telepic “Angels in America,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Julia.” And unlike most of today’s thesps, who hit the party circuit and engage in countless Q&As with journos and guild members, Streep stays home in Connecticut and lets her performance do the talking. Streep’s next bigscreen project looks to be “The Iron Lady,” where she’ll play former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and once again team up with “Mamma Mia!” director Phyllida Lloyd.
— Stuart Levine

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