'The King's Speech' leads Golden Globe movie nominations
"The King's Speech," a British period piece starring Colin Firth as a stammering King George VI, snagged seven Golden Globe nominations Tuesday morning, just ahead of the Facebook origin story "The Social Network" and the lacerating boxing drama "The Fighter," which scored six each. The psychological ballet thriller "Black Swan" and the confounding sci-fi epic "Inception" rounded out the nominees for best motion drama.
The entire main cast of "The Fighter" was nominated, including Mark Wahlberg for best actor in a drama and Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo in the supporting actor categories, which are divided by gender but not genre.
The nominees for best picture musical or comedy are a less acclaimed bunch: Tim Burton's trippy CGI-drenched "Alice in Wonderland," the showgirly Cher comeback vehicle "Burlesque," the elders-with-guns action flick "Red," and "The Tourist," the umpteenth espionage potboiler starring a dangerous sexy couple -- in this case Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, who were both nominated for their performances as an American traveler and a mystery woman who enchants him.
In terms of critical approval, the sole gem in the comedy or musical category is the family dramedy "The Kids Are All Right," which also won nominations for best actress in a comedy or musical for its stars, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening -- playing partners whose children seek their sperm-donor father. "Kids" director Lisa Cholodenko was also cited for her screenplay.
Firth was nominated alongside Wahlberg, who portrays real-life welterweight "Irish" Micky Ward, Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," James Franco as a hiker who must amputate his own arm in "127 Hours" and Ryan Gosling in the boozy marital drama "Blue Valentine," which initially earned an NC-17 rating.
The actress in a drama category teems with glamorous veterans: Halle Berry as a woman with disassociative identity disorder in the Canadian film "Frankie and Alice," Nicole Kidman as a grieving mother in the film adaptation of the stage play "Rabbit Hole," Natalie Portman as an unhinged ballerina in "Black Swan" and Michelle Williams as the other half of the tumultuous marriage in "Blue Valentine." The sole newcomer in the category is Jennifer Lawrence, who plays a fearless 17-year-old hunting for her drug-dealing father in a harsh Ozark landscape in the Sundance favorite "Winter's Bone."
Joining Depp in the best actor in a comedy or musical category is Depp himself, name-checked again for "Alice in Wonderland," Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version," Jake Gyllenhaal in "Love and Other Drugs" and Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack." Joining Bening, Moore and Jolie in the best actress in a comedy or musical category is Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" and Emma Stone in "Easy A."
Telegenic B-list triptych Blair Underwood, Josh Duhamel and Katie Holmes announced the nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, officially kicking off the season of awards excess, when stars shower each other with praise and trophies and Hollywood and the media conspire to promote films of varying scope and quality. The Golden Globes are conferred by an exclusive, oft-maligned group called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is made of about 90 journalists who write about film for readerships in such remote locales as Latvia, Malaysia and Tahiti.
The group, despite instituting some ethics reforms in recent years, has never been able to shake its reputation as star-worshippers with shaky journalism creds who enjoy the perks of studios' PR machines.
"One thing that can't be bought is a Golden Globe -- officially," Ricky Gervais said while hosting the show last January, when he wavered his hand in jest and won uproarious, complicit laughter from the audience of nominees and execs. This, after blatantly peddling the DVDs of his movie "The Invention of Lying" and the British version of "The Office" from the podium.
Historically, the telecast earns hundreds of thousands of dollars for NBC and, according to past IRS documents, millions for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Nevertheless, the telecast is often more freewheeling than the perennially staid Academy Awards -- due perhaps to the Globes' dinner-style seating, the cascading champagne and the general consensus that the awards don't have much value beyond publicity.
The baubles will be conferred Jan. 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Gervais returning as host. A Golden Globe win provides momentum but hardly a guarantee for Oscar victory. Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed its top honors on "Avatar" and its director, James Cameron, while the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- a more expansive group, with 5,000 or so members practicing actual cinematic trades -- opted for "The Hurt Locker" and its director Kathryn Bigelow. A best picture Golden Globe has translated into a best picture Oscar five times in the past 10 years.
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| December 14, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
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