The 69th annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, and the silent film The Artist led the pack with nominations for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score.

The Ides of March was probably the biggest across-the-board surprise, with nominations for Best Picture, Director (George Clooney), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Screenplay. Basically, it was nominated in every category it possibly could have been.

Though his performance in Drive was not recognized, Gosling was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor -- Musical and a Comedy for his performance in Crazy Stupid Love - the romantic comedy's only nomination.

The Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama category wasn't particularly shocking, though Elizabeth Olsen and Kirsten Dunst were snubbed (granted, the latter was a bit of a dark horse). Kristin Wiig was nominated for Bridesmaids, but Melissa McCarthy did not receive a Best Supporting Actress nomination like many had hoped.  

Jonah Hill earned a surprise but deserved nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Moneyball,which was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), and Best Screenplay.

Unfortunately for those of us who thought it might have done better, Beginners was recognized only in the Best Supporting Actor category, with an expected nod to Christopher Plummer, who has a real shot at winning. He will be up against Albert Brooks, who received the only nomination for Drive.

Madonna's yet-to-be-released W.E. was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (her own).

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close did not receive a single nomination.

On the T.V. side, expect a Golden Globes boycott from outraged Breaking Bad fans --  the critical and cult favorite did not receive a nomination for Best Drama Series, but American Horror Story did.  Lead actor Bryan Cranston was nominated, however.

Dexter and Michael C. Hall were snubbed altogether.

Showtime has a strong showing otherwise, with multiple nominations for its surprisingly smart meta-comedy, Episodes, and the CIA drama Homeland.

Both Zooey Deschanel and her adorkable sitcom The New Girl received nominations, but both face stiff competition in their categories.


Best Motion Picture - Drama

The Descendants

War Horse



The Help

The Ides of March


Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Artist

Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn



Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Ryan Gosling,The Ides of March

Michael Fassbender - Shame

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

Charlize Theron , Young Adult

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids

Jodi Foster, Carnage

Kate Winslet,Carnage

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50


Best Animated Feature Film

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn


Arthur Christmas

Puss in Boots

Cars 2


Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation (Iran)

The Kid with the Bike (Belgium)

In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)

The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Flowers of War (China)

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

John Williams, War Horse

Howard Shore, Hugo

Abel Korzeniowsky, W.E.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

The Keeper - Machine Gun Preacher, Chris Cornell

Lay Your Head Down - Albert Nobbs, Sinead O'Connor

Hello Hello - Gnomeo and Juliet, Elton John

The Living Proof - The Help, Mary J. Blige

Masterpiece - W.E., Madonna


Best Television Drama Series

American Horror Story

Boardwalk Empire


Game of Thrones


Best Actor in a Television Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Jeremy Irons, The Borgias

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Madeleine Stowe, Revenge

Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Best Comedy Series




Modern Family

New Girl


Best Actor, Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

David Duchovny, Californication

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Johnny Galecki, The Big Band Theory


Best Actress, Comedy

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl

Laura Linney, The Big C


Best TV Movie or Miniseries

Mildred Pierce

Too Big to Fail

Cinema Verite

Downtown Abbey

The Hour


Best Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries

William Hurt, Too Big to Fail

Idris Elba, Luther

Bill Nighy, Page Eight

Dominic West, Appropriate Adult

Hugh Bonneville, Downtown Abbey


Best Supporting Actor, Series, TV Movie or Miniseries

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Tim Robbins, Cinemta Verite

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family


Best Supporting Actress, Series, TV Movie, or Miniseries

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey

Sofia Vergera, Modern Family

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce