The Artist leads 2012 Golden Globe nominations

Civil rights drama The Help receives five nominations alongside Alex Payne's The Descendants

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The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius’s homage to the golden era of Hollywood, has been nominated for six Golden Globes ahead of the 2012 ceremony. 

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The film leads the pack, receiving nominations in many of the major categories, including best film – comedy or musical, best director and best screenplay, as well as garnering a best actor – comedy or musical nomination for Jean Dujardin and a best supporting actress nomination for Berenice Bejo.

Civil rights drama The Help received five nominations alongside Alex Payne’s The Descendants.  George Clooney’s The Ides of March got four nominations, as did Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.  Martin Scorsese’s 3D family flick, Hugo, received three nods along with My Week with Marilyn, and Albert Nobbs. 

The Golden Globes are voted for by members of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of around 80 entertainment journalists who work for foreign media outlets.

Ricky Gervais will present the 2012 event in Los Angeles on 15 January and has already threatened to “embarrass” the awards’ organisers when he takes the stage.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk about Kevin

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SCREENPLAY

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid with the Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Lay Your Head Down, Albert Nobbs
Hello Hello, Gnomeo and Juliet
The Living Proof, The Help
The Keeper, Machine Gun Preacher
Masterpiece, W.E.

Read our film editor Andrew Collins’s thoughts on the nominations

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The 69th Golden Globes can be watched live on E! from 1am on Monday 16 January.