The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air live Sunday night from 8 to 11 p.m. EST on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian Ricky Gervais will host the fete where one can be certain the bubbly will flow, A-list stars will dazzle and some off-color jokes will be made.

In mid-December, Woody Harrelson, Sophia Vergara, Gerard Butler and Rashida Jones announced the 2012 nominees, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Claire Danes, Evan Rachel Wood, Matt LeBlac, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Gosling and Viola Davis. Vergara is nominated herself for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ABC's Modern Family.  

Likely Winners

There are some noteworthy standouts likely to take home the golden trophies. The film The Artist has top odds for cinching the award for Best Motion Picture. Starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, the story follows a declining male actor, a rising female star and the waning of silent film. Most of the movie itself is silent and is shot in black and white. The Artist is currently considered Oscar's Best Motion Picture frontrunner, reports The Washington Post.

The Descendants, starring George Clooney, is another favorite. The movie is up for five awards Sunday night, including Best Motion Picture, Drama and Best Performance by an Actor, Drama. Moneyball, starring fellow A-lister Brad Pitt, is another heavy-hitter of the night. It is up for four awards.

For television, HBO has two big contenders - Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. Bryan Cranston's performance in AMC's Breaking Bad will hopefully win him the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama. Claire Danes is a favorite for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama, for her role in Showtime's Homeland.

For comedy, Modern Family has been a consistent Golden Globes favorite.  The show is up for three awards. The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman is hoping that HBO's eclectic and evocative series Enlightened will take home the win for best comedy or musical.

Party Details

TheWrap reported on the festivities leading up to Sunday's big show. On Thursday night, the stars attended the Critics' Choice Awards and an after-party at Boulevard3. On Friday, Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Millers hosted a comedy fundraiser, Hilarity for Charity, in downtown L.A. Attendees included Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Aziz Ansari, Bruno Mars, and Jersey Shore alum DJ Pauly D.

On Saturday, stars were treated to the BAFTA Annual Award Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons. At 11 a.m., the Film Independent Spirit Awards Bruch was held at BOA Steakhouse in Sunset. This is a particularly popular pre-Globes pre-party. The Spirit Awards are six weeks to the day before this decadent breakfast, with nominees like Elizabeth Olsen, Woody Harrelson, and Alexander Payne. Afterwards, William Morris Endeavor's Golden Globes Dinner was held at Craft in Century City at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Tinseltown's finest can expect waterfalls of bubbly. There are 1,500 bottles of champagne for the 1.300 guests. The event, held in the International Ballroom, will air from 8 to 11 p.m. and the stars will later attend an after-party at the Beverly Hilton. Five after-parties will take place on-site.

HBO will host its party at the Aqua Star Pool. This poolside bash anchors the post-show festivities, reports TheWrap. Weinstein Co. will host its party at Trader Vic's celebrating The Artist, The Iron Lady, My Week With Marilyn and W./E.. Other parties will be held elsewhere throughout the hotel: NBC Universal, Roof of Parking Garage; InStyle/Warner Brothers, Oasis Courtyard; and Sony Pictures, Stardust Rooftop

Full Nominee List (via The Hollywood Reporter)


Motion Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture  - 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 Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants 
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
The Artist 
Midnight in Paris 
My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jodie Foster, Carnage 
Charlize Theron, Young Adult 
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids 
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn 
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - 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 Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas 
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I Live In (Spain) 

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo, The Artist 
Jessica Chastain, The Help 
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs 
Octavia Spencer, The Help 
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants 

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture 
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn 
Albert Brooks, Drive 
Jonah Hill, Moneyball 
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method 
Christopher Plummer, Beginners 

Best Director - Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
George Clooney, The Ides of March 
Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist 
Alexander Payne, The Descendants 
Martin Scorsese, Hugo 

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

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist 
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse 

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Hello Hello - Gnomeo & Juliet 
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
The Keeper - Machine Gun Preacher 
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
Lay Your Head Down - Albert Nobbs
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
The Living Proof - The Help
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas
Masterpiece - W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry


Best Television Series - Drama
American Horror Story, FX
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire 
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad 
Kelsey Grammer, Boss 
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias 
Damian Lewis, Homeland 

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Enlightened, HBO
Episodes, Showtime
Glee, FOX
Modern Family, ABC
New Girl, FOX

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock 
David Duchovny, Californication 
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory 
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes 

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Cinema Verite, HBO
Downton Abbey,  PBS (Masterpiece)
The Hour, BBC America
Mildred Pierce, HBO
Too Big to Fail,  HBO

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Romola Garai, The Hour 
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite 
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey 
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult 
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey 
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, To Big to Fail 
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story 
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family 
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce 

Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role in A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television 
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail 
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce 
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite 
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family