‘The Artist’ Leads 2012 Golden Globes With Six Nominations

“The Artist,” Weinstein Co.’s silent, black-and-white film about an actor with the transition to talkies, was nominated for six Golden Globe awards as Hollywood prepares to honor its best work of the year.

“The Descendants,” from News Corp. (NWSA)’s Fox Searchlight, and DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Help” each received five nominations including best drama, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said today at a press conference telecast by NBC from Beverly Hills, California.

Nominations signal probable candidates for Academy Awards, Hollywood’s top honor, and often lead to increased box-office and DVD sales. The five nominated to receive the Globe for 2010’s best drama also received best-picture Oscar nominations.

“There’s no better indicator of how the potential Oscar race will look,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box-office research service.

“The Artist,” which opened in four U.S. theaters on Nov. 25, will expand nationwide on Dec. 23, Weinstein said. The picture has generated $14.7 million in worldwide ticket sales, including $12.9 million in France, where it opened on Oct. 12, according to Box Office Mojo.

Weinstein followed a similar rollout strategy with “The King’s Speech,” winner of last year’s best picture Oscar and a best actor Globe for Colin Firth. The $15 million film opened in four U.S. theaters and gradually expanded to 700, taking in $138 million. Worldwide revenue totaled $414.2 million.

Potential Benefits

Other films for which nominations were announced today also stand to benefit. Director Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” which opens Dec. 25, received two nominations, for best drama and original score. Roadside Attractions LLC’s “Albert Nobbs” opens Dec. 21. The film, starring Glenn Close, got three nominations, including best actress for Close, supporting actress for Janet McTeer and best original song.

Studios can use the sales boost. Ticket revenue in the U.S. and Canada will be just over $10 billion in 2011, less than last year’s $10.57 billion, Dergarabedian said.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that hands out Oscars, last chose the same best picture in 2009, when director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” won both.

Movies nominated in the best drama category also included “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” and ‘Moneyball.”

“The Artist,” set in the 1920s, follows a silent-film actor whose career is threatened by talkies and a young dancer waiting for her big break. Jean Dujardin was nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical, and Michel Hazanavicius for directing.

Comedy Nominees

Other nominees for best comedy or musical film were “50/50,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Bridesmaids” and “My Week With Marilyn,” another Weinstein film.

The New York-based studio led by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein received the most nominations, with 12. Sony Pictures Classics had 10, including for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s Touchstone Pictures took eight nominations, including for “War Horse” and for “Cars 2” in animation.

George Clooney had three nominations, including best actor in a drama for “The Descendants” and best director and best screenplay for “The Ides of March,” in which he co-starred as a presidential candidate.

In “The Descendants,” Clooney plays an indifferent father who attempts to connect with his daughters after a boating accident leaves his wife comatose.

‘The Help’

“The Help,” distributed for Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio by Disney, earned a best-acting nomination for Viola Davis. She co-starred as a black maid in 1960s Mississippi who collaborates with an aspiring author, played by Emma Stone, writing a book about the domestics’ life. Jessica Chastain was nominated for her supporting role.

Ryan Gosling received two nominations, for best actor in a drama for his role as an idealistic campaign adviser in “The Ides of March” and best comedy actor for “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

The nominations were read by Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara during a news conference at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

The 69th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be hosted Jan. 15 by Ricky Gervais and telecast by Comcast Corp.’s NBC network. Oscar nominations will be revealed on Jan. 24. The Feb. 26 awards show will air on Disney’s ABC.

Disney’s “Cars 2” and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA)’s “Puss in Boots” were among the films receiving Golden Globe nominations for best animated feature. “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Rango” and “Arthur Christmas” also were named finalists in the category.

                      Golden Globe Nominees

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
The Descendants, Fox Searchlight
The Help, Walt Disney Co./DreamWorks Pictures
Hugo, Paramount Pictures
The Ides of March, Sony Pictures
Moneyball, Sony Pictures
War Horse, Walt Disney Co./DreamWorks Pictures

BEST MOTION PICTURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50, Summit Entertainment
The Artist, Weinstein Co.
Bridesmaids, Universal Pictures
Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics
My Week With Marilyn, Weinstein Co.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount Pictures
Arthur Christmas, Sony Pictures
Puss in Boots, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount
Cars 2, Walt Disney Co.
Rango, Paramount Pictures

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

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

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