>2011 Golden Globe nominations dominated by Aussies, Zuckerberg, The King and Johnny Depp

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The nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association – known for favouring A-list stars often in spite of their film’s critical reception – rewarded an eclectic bunch, from awards’ season darlings The King’s Speech (7 noms) and The Social Network (6 noms) to box office blunders Burlesque and The Tourist.

The films competing against The King’s Speech and The Social Network in the Best Picture – Drama category include Black Swan, The Fighter and Inception. The Coen brothers’ True Grit is strangely absent from the ballet, but it should be noted that the Oscars recognise ten Best Picture nominees, and it will likely see some attention there.
Over in the far more dubious category of Best Picture – Comedy or Musical, Burlesque and The Tourist will duke it out with genuine Oscar contender The Kids Are All Right and forgettable fluff Alice in Wonderland and RED. Apparently, the HFPA didn’t see (deep breath) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Four Lions, City Island, The Other Guys, Get Him To The Greek, Easy A and countless other films that were actually comedies.

But it’s not all bad news. The Australian contingent is strong in this year’s Golden Globe line-up, with Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) scoring nominations in the film category. Toni Collette also received a nod for her work on the television show United States of Tara. (We should also note that Aussie songstress Sia also scored a nod for co-writing the Best Original Song nominee Bound to You with Christina Aguilera.)

Check out the full list of nominees, including those in the television categories, at the official Golden Globes website.

Best Picture – Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network

Best Actor – Drama
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Best Actress – Drama
Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy
Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp – The Tourist
Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal – Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie – The Tourist
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone – Easy A

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis – Black Swan
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Screenplay
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler – The King’s Speech
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy – 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Best Original Score
Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland
Hans Zimmer – Inception
Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
A.R. Rahman – 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network

Best Original Song
“Bound to You” from Burlesque
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque
“There’s a Place for Us” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
“I See the Light” from Tangled

The 68th Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 16, 2011.

Discuss: Seriously, what is up with that Comedy or Musical category?! I know the HFPA is famous for nominating big-name actors just so they’ll attend the ceremony, but did they really have to be so transparent as to nominate Depp twice?

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