‘The King’s Speech’ reigns with 7 Golden Globes nominations

“The King’s Speech”  was crowned leader at Tuesday’s Golden Globe nominations with seven while “The Social Network” had enough friends among the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to pick up six bids as did “The Fighter” which is coming on strong at this stage of the derby. “TSN” came into these kudos with back-to-back Best Picture awards from both the L.A. and New York film critics.

Those three films vie for Best Drama against “Black Swan,” which led Monday’s BFCA with 12 bids, and “Inception.” Most notable among the snubs was the Coen brothers’ remake of “True Grit” which was completely blanked by the HFPA (it has 11 BFCA noms) and Ben Affleck‘s “The Town,” which had to settle for just a Supporting Actor nom for Jeremy Renner. The Best Director slate is comprised of the helmers of the five Best Drama nominees.

The Best Drama Actor race has all of our pundits top three picks for Oscar contenders, including frontrunner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) who also won kudos from both L.A. and Gotham film critics, James Franco (“127 Hours”) and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”). They vie against the rising Ryan Gosling (“Blue Valentine”) and Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”). Among those thespians snubbed was last year’s champ Jeff Bridges for “True Grit,” Leonardo DiCaprio for both “Inception” and “Shutter Island” and Robert Duvall for “Get Low.”

The Best Drama Actress nominees includes four of our five top Oscar candidatesNicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”) — along with late-entry Halle Berry (“Frankie & Alice”). 

On the comedy/musical side, “The Kids Are All Right” leads with four noms, including a Best Picture bid. Also vying for that award are  “Alice in Wonderland,” “Burlesque,” “Red” and — in a jaw-dropper — the critically-lambasted “The Tourist.”

Our fifth frontrunner for Best Actress is Annette Bening who contends in that separate comedy/musical category as does her co-star Julianne Moore, as well as Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway (“Love and Other Drugs”), Angelina Jolie (“The Tourist”) and Emma Stone (“Easy A”).

Double dipping for Best Comedy/Musical Actor is Johnny Depp (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Tourist”), who is up against Paul Giamatti (“Barney’s Version”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Love and Other Drugs”) and Kevin Spacey (“Casino Jack”).

The catch-all Supporting Actor race includes our two front-runnersChristian Bale (“The Fighter”) and Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) — along with Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) and Jeremy Renner (“The Town”).

And the Supporting Actress category has four of our five choices, with Amy Adams and Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) and Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) joined by Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”).

Unlike the Oscars, there is only one Screenplay award so frontrunners “The Social Network” (adapted) competes against “The King’s Speech” (original) as well as “127 Hours”(adapted), and the original scripts for “Inception” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

The Animated Picture category includes all of the leading Oscar contenders, led by Best Picture candidate “Toy Story 3,” as well as “Despicable Me,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Illusionist” and “Tangled.” 

Tunes from “127 Hours,” “Burlesque,” “Country Strong” and “Tangled” contend for Best Song while “127 Hours,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” scored Best Score bids.

The HFPA has about 85 members drawn from media who cover Hollywood for international outlets. Eight-time Globe nominee Robert De Niro is to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. He won the Best Drama Actor award for “Raging Bull” in 1980. Ricky Gervais returns to host the live NBC kudocast on Jan. 16.

Last year, the five Best Drama Picture nominees went on to compete at the Oscar but none of the Best Comedy/Musical contenders did. While “Up in the Air” led with the most Globe bids, “Avatar” won the Best Drama Picture prize. However, it was pipped at the post by “The Hurt Locker” at the Oscars. The only time in the last six years that one of the Globes Best Picture champs went on to take the top Oscar was “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2008. Prior to that, the Globes had an eight-year winning streak.

Four of the five Globe Best Director nominees were in the running at the Oscars as well — Lee Daniels (“Precious”) replaced Clint Eastwood (“Invictus”). While James Cameron (“Avatar”) won at the Globes, it was Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) who prevailed at the Oscars.

Four of the five Best Drama Actors nominees went on to the Oscars with Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) winning both awards. Likewise, four of the Best Drama Actress candiates also contended at the Oscars and Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) prevailed with both prizes. The fifth Oscar nominee was Best Comedy/Musical Actress champ Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”). All five of the men in the catch-all Best Supporting Actor category also went on to the Oscars with Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) winning both times while four of the five Best Supporting Actress nominees were also Academy Award contenders with Mo’Nique (“Precious”) crowned champ both times.

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