BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Silent film is taking over Hollywood's awards
scene. The silent-era tale "The Artist" heads the Golden Globes with six
nominations, among them Best Comedy or Musical and acting honors for its French
stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
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Clooney has three nominations. Besides Best Dramatic Actor for "The
Descendants," he's up for directing and screenplay for "The Ides of March." For the acting prize, Clooney
will compete against his "Ides" star Ryan Gosling, who had a second nomination for Best
Musical or Comedy actor for the romance "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Glenn Close also is a dual contender, as Best
Dramatic Actress for the Irish drama "Albert Nobbs," and for Best Song for writing the
lyrics to "Lay Your Head Down," the film's theme tune.
Along with the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations a day earlier, the
Globes field helps narrow down prospects for the Academy Awards, whose
nominations come out Jan. 24.
With drinks and dinner, the Globes are a laid-back affair for Hollywood's
elite compared to the Oscars. The show turned a bit touchy last year as host
Ricky Gervais repeatedly made sharp wisecracks about stars and the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 entertainment reporters for
overseas outlets that presents the Globes.
But Gervais helped give the show a TV ratings boost, and he's been invited
back as host for a third straight year.
Five-time Academy Award and Globe nominee Morgan Freeman — who won the supporting-actor
Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby" and a Best Actor Globe for
"Driving Miss Daisy" — will receive the group's
Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Jan. 15 ceremony.
Thesps Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara joined Takla-O'Reilly in announcing
nominations in 25 categories at the Beverly Hilton. A dozen categories mixing
film and TV were unveiled before a short break; then the remaining 13 were
announced with live TV coverage.