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Golden Globes 2012: The Artist leads film nominees

The Artist

Story by Jack Foley

SILENT film homage The Artist is the talk of Hollywood after landing six nominations at the 2012 Golden Globes.

The film, which is released in UK cinemas on December 30, leads the film field with nods for best musical and comedy, best actor (for Jean Dujardin) and best actress (for Berenice Bejo).

Director and screenwriter Michel Hazanavicius is also shortlisted for the film, as is composer Ludovic Bource.

British hopes lie with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Kate Winslet, who all landed acting recognition, although none of their films are among the pre-awards favourites, which also include Deep South drama The Help and George Clooney film The Descendants, which are both up for five prizes apiece.

The awards gala, which takes place on January 15, 2012, is the first major event of the Hollywood awards season and will see Ricky Gervais returning as master of ceremonies following his stints in 2010 and 2011 (somewhat controversially!).

Main categories

Of the main awards categories, the best dramatic film will be contested by The Descendants, The Help, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March, Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.

In the best comedy or musical category, The Artist faces competition from cancer comedy-drama 50/50, sleeper comedy hit Bridesmaids, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and My Week with Marilyn.

It is for the latter that Branagh gets a best supporting actor nod, for playing Laurence Olivier opposite Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe.

Vying for best dramatic actor, meanwhile, is George Clooney, for The Descendants, Michael Fassbender for Shame, Leonardo DiCaprio for J Edgar, Brad Pitt for Moneyball and Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March.

In the best dramatic actress, as widely expected Meryl Streep is nominated for The Iron Lady along with Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin and Viola Davis for The Help.

British actor Brendan Gleeson is shortlisted in the best actor (comedy or musical) category for his performance in The Guard alongside Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50, Ryan Gosling for Crazy Stupid Love and Owen Wilson for Midnight in Paris.

In the female equivalent category, Kate Winslet is shortlisted for Carnage along with co-star Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron for Young Adult, Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids and Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn.

The best director prize, meanwhile, will be competed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), George Clooney (The Ides of March), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo).

And the winners are: Film l TV