“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.’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.
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.
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.’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,” 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.’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