The nominees include Hugo, Midnight In Paris, The Help, Moneyball, and — in another Academy Award surprise — Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
Malick was among the best director nominees, along with The Artists’ Michel Hazanavicius, Hugo’s Martin Scorsese, The Descendants’ Alexander Payne, and Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris. Conspicuous by his absence was David Fincher, director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was also snubbed in the best picture category.
It was a good day for Canada: Monsieur Lazhar, by Montreal director Phillippe Falardeau, was nominated for best foreign film, and Christopher Plummer received a nod for best supporting actor for his role as an older man who comes out of the closet in The Beginners. (Photo: Fox Searchlight)
The third most nominations went to baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and veteran director Steven Spielberg’s equine epic War Horse, which each got six nods.
Hugo’s nominations included the best picture category, where it is up against eight other movies including The Artist, which has been a favorite for the Oscars after a string of wins and nods in other awards shows.
The other movies nominated for best picture are The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
Following The Artist among top nominees for the Hollywood awards were The Descendants, starring George Clooney as a man struggling to keep his family together, and civil rights movie The Help with five nods each, including both in the key category of best film drama.
Joining Descendants and The Help among the films vying for top drama were four movies, Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse and The Ides of March.
The Golden Globe Awards, which are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are among the most widely-watched honors programs leading up to the Oscars in February.