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George Clooney rules Golden Globe nominations
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George Clooney will likely spend a lot of time at the Golden Globes podium next month, considering the nominations for the actor and two of his movies announced Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Clooney's "The Descendants" and "The Ides of March" are among the six films nominated for best drama. Clooney is also a contender for best actor in a drama for his "Descendants" role and for best director and best screenplay for "The Ides of March."

"Descendants" co-star Shailene Woodley is nominated for best supporting actress, and Alexander Payne is up for best director.

"The Ides of March" earned a best drama movie actor nomination for Ryan Gosling, who also is nominated for best actor in a comedy film for "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

The other best drama film nominees include "The Help," which also received a best drama actress nod for Viola Davis and best supporting actress nominations for Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.

Best drama contender "Moneyball" is also nominated for best screenplay, while Brad Pitt, who portrayed baseball general manager Billy Beane, is up for best actor in a drama film. Jonah Hill, who played Beane's statistical wizard, is nominated for best supporting actor.

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is competing for best drama, and John Williams' music for the film is nominated for best original score. The movie is not up for any acting honors.

"Hugo" rounds out nominations for the best movie drama category. Martin Scorsese is also nominated for best director for his work on the 3-D family film.

The best drama film actor category also includes Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of the former FBI director in "J. Edgar," and Michael Fassbender for "Shame."

Meryl Streep, who has been nominated 25 times before for Globes and won seven of the trophies, is again in the running for best actress in a drama film. She is nominated for portraying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

Glenn Close, who produced, co-wrote and stars in "Albert Nobbs," was nominated as best actress. Co-star Janet McTeer is nominated in the best supporting actress category.

Along with Davis, Streep and Close, the best drama actress competitors include Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Rooney Mara for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

The list of Golden Globe nominees for best comedy or musical films includes "The Artist," "50/50," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris" and "My Week With Marilyn."

"The Artist" drew a best acting nomination for Jean Dujardin, best supporting actress for Berenice Bejo and a best director nod for Michel Hazanavicius.

"Midnight in Paris" gained Woody Allen a best director nomination and best comedy film actor nomination for Owen Wilson.

"My Week With Marilyn" star Michelle Williams' portrayal of Marilyn Monroe put her into the best comedy actress competition, while co-star Kenneth Branagh is nominated for best supporting actor.

"50/50" lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt is nominated for best comedy actor, and "Bridesmaids" star Kristen Wiig is up for best comedy actress.

Other best comedy actress contenders are Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster, both for their roles in "Carnage," and Charlize Theron for "Young Adult."

Brendan Gleeson's "The Guard" performance earned a best comedy actor nomination.

The best supporting actor category, which covers dramas, comedies and musicals, also includes Albert Brooks for "Drive," Viggo Mortenen for "A Dangerous Method" and Christopher Plummer for "Beginners."

The 69th annual Golden Globes will be handed out in a televised ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15.


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