2012 Golden Globe Award Nominations

This morning Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara announced the 2012 Golden Globe Award nominations.

The nominations were announced in two waves, the first was at approximately 5:15 AM PST and to my personal surprise Madonna‘s W.E. scored two nominations, one for Abel Korzeniowski‘s score and another for the song “Masterpiece” which plays during the film’s credits. The HFPA was also sure to get Angelina Jolie in the mix early by nominating her feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey for Best Foreign Language Film. Beyond those mentions, there really wasn’t much to take away from the first wave unless the nomination for Cars 2 in the animated category surprises you.

The second wave of nominations were presented live during “The Today Show” on the East Coast and during local morning news here on the Pacific Coast and this batch showed a clear sign the Hollywood Foreign Press enjoyed George Clooney‘s The Ides of March as it scored a nomination for Best Picture (Drama) along with a nomination for Ryan Gosling for Best Actor (Drama), Clooney for Director and a screenplay nod for Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The Artist and The Descendants continued their run, both earning Best Picture nominations, Best Director, Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress and Ludovic Bource was also nominated for Original Score for The Artist.

Otherwise, surprises were kept to a minimum, though it was interesting to see Viggo Mortensen score a Supporting nod for his performance in A Dangerous Method and instead of five nominees in Best Picture (Drama) there were six with The Ides of March being the surprise entry there while Warner’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was once again blanked.

I have included all of the nominees directly below and will be back later today with a closer evaluation of the noms and possibly some updated Oscar predictions.

The 2012 Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live at 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2012. The festivities will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and just like last year I will be here with a live blog and winners as always. If you’ve never tuned in for that.

All of that said, here are the nominees…



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


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


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


  • 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


  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling, Cazy Stupid Love
  • Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris


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


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


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


  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Clooney, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo


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


  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Cloney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
  • Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball


  • The Flowers of War
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In


  • 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


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

Cecil B. deMille Award

  • Morgan Freeman


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