‘The King’s Speech’ Leads Golden Globe Nominations

“The King’s Speech,” a film about efforts by Britain’s George VI to overcome his stutter, led Golden Globe nominations with seven, including one for Colin Firth as best actor.

“The Fighter,” a drama about Irish-American boxer Micky Ward, and “The Social Network,” the fictionalized story of the founding of Facebook Inc., received six nominations each, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said today during a press conference in Beverly Hills, California.

Nominations often signal likely candidates for Academy Awards, Hollywood’s top honor, and the publicity they generate can lift box-office and DVD sales. Ticket revenue in the U.S. and Canada may surpass last year’s record $10.6 billion, according to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com Box-Office.

“They have agreed two-thirds of the time on best picture for the past 30 years,” Tom O’Neil, author of the book “Movie Awards,” said in an interview.

The organizations last chose the same best picture in 2009, when director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” won both. The Oscar nominations for 2010 films will be announced Jan. 25.

Sony Pictures received the most nominations of any studio with 14, including “The Social Network.” Weinstein Co., distributor of “The King’s Speech,” had 10 nominations. Fox Searchlight, owned by News Corp., and Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, each received seven. Relativity Media LLC, the film finance and production company controlled by Ryan Kavanaugh, and Walt Disney Co. had six apiece.

“The King’s Speech” stars Firth as George VI, who turns to an eccentric speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush, to overcome his stammer. Rush and Helen Bonham Carter received nominations for their supporting roles.

Best Dramas

Other best-drama nominees include “The Fighter,” “The Social Network,” “Black Swan” and “Inception.”

In the best musical or comedy category, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Burlesque,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Red” and “The Tourist” will compete for the Golden Globe.

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards show, to be hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. New York time on Jan. 16. The nominations for 25 categories were read today by actors Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood during a televised news conference.

The Oscar telecast, to be hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, will be shown Feb. 27 on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC.

Golden Globe Nominees

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

Black Swan - Fox Searchlight Pictures The Fighter - Paramount Pictures/Relativity Media Inception - Warner Bros. The King’s Speech - Weinstein Co. The Social Network - Sony Pictures

BEST MOTION PICTURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Alice in Wonderland - Walt Disney Burlesque - Sony Pictures The Kids Are All Right - Focus Features Red - Summit Entertainment The Tourist - Sony Pictures

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Despicable Me - Universal Pictures How to Train Your Dragon -Paramount Pictures The Illusionist - Sony Pictures Tangled - Walt Disney Toy Story 3 - Pixar/Walt Disney

BEST ACTOR - DRAMA

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network Colin Firth - The King’s Speech James Franco - 127 Hours Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter

BEST ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp - The Tourist Paul Giamatti - Barney’s Version Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack

BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA

Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone Natalie Portman - Black Swan Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs Angelina Jolie - The Tourist Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right Emma Stone - Easy A

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale - The Fighter Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Andrew Garfield - The Social Network Jeremy Renner - The Town Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams - The Fighter Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech Mila Kunis - Black Swan Melissa Leo - The Fighter Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan David Fincher - The Social Network Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech Christopher Nolan - Inception David Russell - The Fighter

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