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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller"Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fiblockbuster "Inception" and the Facebook chronicle "The SocialNetwork."

Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, for musicalor comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy "Alice in Wonderland,"the song-and-dance extravaganza "Burlesque," the lesbian-familytale "The Kids Are All Right," the action romp "Red" and theromantic thriller "The Tourist."

Bonham Carter, a supporting-actress nominee as Queen ElizabethII's mother in the 1930s-era "The King's Speech," said the Globenominations had some medicinal value for her and romantic partnerTim Burton, director of "Alice in Wonderland," which had threenominations. She and their children were nursing colds at theirLondon home, while Burton was suffering from kidney stones.

She was uncertain if the Globe nomination might help secure herthe same honor at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come outJan. 25. But she had stronger expectations for co-star Firth, abest-actor nominee as King George VI, the reluctant monarchstruggling with a lifelong stammer.

"I've had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn't getan Oscar nomination," Bonham Carter said. "But I presume Colinwill get one, and I presume Colin will win."

"The Social Network" and "The Fighter" tied for second withsix nominations each. Among nominations for "The Social Network"were Jesse Eisenberg as best dramatic actor, Andrew Garfield assupporting actor and David Fincher as director.

"The Fighter" earned four acting nominations, best actor forMark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adamsand Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot forDavid O. Russell.

Wahlberg, also a producer on "The Fighter," stars asBoston-area boxer Micky Ward, who overcame family strife to get atitle shot in his mid-30s with help from his half brother (Bale), aformer fighter whose life unravels amid crime and drugs.

"Micky Ward was one of my heroes growing up. Doing what he didagainst all odds, he's just a very special individual," Wahlbergsaid. "Growing up in that neck of the woods and his family beingso similar to mine and all the struggles, it's very inspiring."

Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedyactor for "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist."

Along with Eisenberg, Firth and Wahlberg, best dramatic actorcontenders are James Franco for the survival story "127 Hours"and Ryan Gosling for the marital tale "Blue Valentine."

Nominees for best dramatic actress are Halle Berry for themultiple-personality drama "Frankie and Alice," Nicole Kidman forthe grieving-parent tale "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence for theOzarks crime yarn "Winter's Bone," Natalie Portman for "BlackSwan" and Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine."

The news of her supporting-actress nomination for "Black Swan"came as a wake-up call for Mila Kunis, who co-stars as Portman'sballet rival for a production of "Swan Lake."

"It's good news to wake up to, for sure," Kunis said. "Beingwoken up at 5:30 in the morning, it was very funny, people werescreaming on the phone, and my poor dogs were like, 'What'shappening?"'

Along with Fincher and Russell, directing nominees are DarrenAronofsky for "Black Swan," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech"and Christopher Nolan for "Inception."

Nolan's sci-fi hit also earned nominations for screenplay andmusical score, but its cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, wassnubbed for acting slots.

Joel and Ethan Coen's Western "True Grit," starring JeffBridges and Matt Damon, was shut out completely.

Joining Depp in the musical or comedy actor race are PaulGiamatti in the curmudgeon chronicle "Barney's Version," JakeGyllenhaal in the romance "Love and Other Drugs" and Kevin Spaceyin the Jack Abramoff saga "Casino Jack."

Depp's "The Tourist" co-star Angelina Jolie is among musicalor comedy actress nominees. Also competing are Annette Bening andJulianne Moore as a lesbian couple in "The Kids Are All Right,"Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" and Emma Stone in thehigh school romp "Easy A."

The animation category is filled with blockbusters, led by "ToyStory 3," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me." Thecurrent hit "Tangled" also made the cut, along with the upcomingFrench tale "The Illusionist."

"When we were making `Toy Story 3,' I first and foremost didnot have any awards thoughts in my mind at all while we were makingit, especially because we had a `3' in the title," said directorLee Unkrich. "Sequels typically aren't included at awards time."

"Glee" leads TV contenders with five nominations, includingcomedy series and acting honors for Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, ChrisColfer and Matthew Morrison.

Other TV comedy series picks were "30 Rock," "The Big BangTheory," "The Big C," "Modern Family" and "Nurse Jackie."Drama series nominees were "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "TheGood Wife," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead."

Hollywood's second-highest film honors, the Globes traditionallywere a solid weather vane for predicting which film might triumphat the Academy Awards. But the Globes have provided murky forecastsin recent times. In the last six years, only a single recipient ofone of the Globe best-film prizes has gone on to win best pictureat the Oscars - 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire."

That came after a stretch of eight-straight years when a Globewinner in either the dramatic or musical-comedy category went on toclaim the best-picture Oscar.

Like the Globes, the Oscars will feature 10 best-picturenominees, but in a single category, after academy overseers doubledthe number of contenders so a broader range of films could compete.

With "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" consideredfront-runners this time, there are prospects of another divergentyear between the Globes and the Oscars, whose nominations come outnine days after the Globes are presented.

Key prizes already have gone to "The Social Network," starringEisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the Website then feuds over its riches. The Los Angeles and New York filmcritics groups picked it as the year's best movie, as did theNational Board of Review, a group of film historians, educators andstudents.

The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign PressAssociation, a group of about 85 critics and reporters for overseasoutlets.

Ricky Gervais is returning as host of the Globes ceremony, whichwill air live Jan. 16 on NBC.

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