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7 Golden Globe nominations for 'The King's Speech'; 5 for 'Glee'

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

"The King's Speech" garnered the most nominations Tuesday morning for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards. The seven nods for the film, a historical drama about King George VI's efforts to overcome stammering, included best picture, best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter, best director for Tom Hooper, best screenplay and best original score.

"The Social Network" also earned a slew of nods -- for best film, director, actor, supporting actor, screenplay and best original score. Joining the films in the best dramatic picture category were "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "Inception." Notably missing from the list: the Coen brothers' "True Grit."

In the category for best motion picture musical or comedy category, there were some eyebrow-raising choices. Despite generally poor reviews, the Cher-Christina Aguilera musical "Burlesque" was nominated, as well as the equally panned "The Tourist." Perhaps even more puzzling was the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated the stars of "The Tourist," Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, as best actor and actress in comedy or musical for the film, which is a romantic thriller. Rounding out the list of nominees in the comedy or musical category are "Alice in Wonderland," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Red."

Joining Firth as a nominee for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama are Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network," James Franco in "127 Hours," Ryan Gosling in "Blue Valentine" and Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter."Nominees for best actress in a motion picture drama are Halle Berry for "Frankie and Alice," Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" and Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine."

Besides Jolie, nominees for best actress in a comedy or musical are Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" and Emma Stone for "Easy A." Depp will be competing against himself in the category of best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical. Not only is he nominated for "The Tourist," he also garnered a nod for his role as the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland." Also nominated: Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version," Jake Gyllenhaal in "Love and Other Drugs" and Kevin Spacey in "Casino Jack."

Joining Rush in the best supporting actor category is Michael Douglas for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," whose nomination brings him full circle: He won the Golden Globe for best actor for playing financier Gordon Gekko in 1987's "Wall Street." Rounding out the category are Christian Bale for "The Fighter," Andrew Garfield for "The Social Network" and Jeremy Renner for "The Town."

Besides Bonham Carter, nominees for best actress in a supporting role are Amy Adams and Melissa Leo for "The Fighter," Mila Kunis for "Black Swan" and Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom."

In addition to Hopper, the nominees for best director include Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David O. Russell for "The Fighter."

"The Social Network," directed by David Fincher, has been cleaning up this awards season. It was named best film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle. It also has been honored by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best films of the year.

There were no surprises in the nominations for best animated film, with "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Illusionist," "Tangled" and "Toy Story 3" earning nominations.

The best foreign film nominees include "Biutiful" from Mexico and Spain, "The Concert" from France, "The Edge" from Russia, "I am Love" from Italy and "In a Better World" from Denmark.

On the television front, "Glee" avoided the sophomore slump, earning the most Golden Globe nominations Tuesday with five: best TV series in the comedy or musical category, best actress for Lea Michele, best actor for Matthew Morrison, best supporting actress for Jane Lynch and best supporting actor for Chris Colfer.

Besides "Glee," the nominees for best TV series, comedy or musical are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Big C," "Modern Family" and "Nurse Jackie."

In the TV drama series category, nominations went to "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead."

Contenders for best performance by an actress in a TV series drama are Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife," Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men," Piper Perabo for "Covert Affairs," Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy" and Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer."

Nominees for actor in a TV drama are Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire," Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad," Michael C. Hall for "Dexter," Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" and Hugh Laurie for "House."

Besides Michele, nominees for best performance by an actress in a TV series, comedy or musical are Toni Collette for "United States of Tara," Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie," Tina Fey for "30 Rock" and Laura Linney for "The Big C." Joining Morrison in the category of best performance by an actor in a TV series, comedy or musical are Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock," Steve Carell for "The Office," Thomas Jane for "Hung" and Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory."

Vying for a Golden Globe in best miniseries or motion picture made for TV: "Carlos," "The Pacific," "Pillars of the Earth," "Temple Grandin" and "You Don't Know Jack."

Though the Golden Globes are considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards, the two organizations often don't agree on major awards. Last year, for example, the Foreign Press Assn. picked "Avatar" as best dramatic film, with its director, James Cameron, earning the Golden Globe for best director. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected "The Hurt Locker" and its director, Kathryn Bigelow.

The Hollywood Foreign Press already announced that two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award and that the irreverent Ricky Gervais will return as host of the three-hour ceremony. Gervais received mixed reviews for his first outing as MC.

The awards will be telecast live Jan. 16 on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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