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'King's Speech' earns 7 Golden Globe noms

A still from "The King's Speech," one of

A still from "The King's Speech," one of the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture. Credit: Courtesy of The Weinstein Co.

"The King's Speech" racked up seven Golden Globe Awards nominations yesterday, including best dramatic film and best dramatic actor for Colin Firth, edging out "The Fighter" and even "The Social Network" as next year's clear Oscar favorite.

It was an otherwise dependably eccentric list from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which splits its Globes nominations into two categories, dramas and comedies/musicals. That often means movies with little chance at the Academy Awards do quite well at the Globes, in this case the critical flop "Burlesque," the breezy action film "The Tourist" and Tim Burton's cartoonish "Alice in Wonderland," which received three nominations apiece.

"The Kids are All Right" landed in the comedy category, pitting Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (they play a lesbian couple) against each other for best comedic actress; they're also thought to be Oscar possibilities.

Johnny Depp will compete against himself in the comedic actor category, with nominations for both "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist," though he seems an unlikely Oscar candidate this year.

The best dramatic actress category was filled with wild cards, notably newcomer Jennifer Lawrence in the indie film "Winter's Bone." Halle Berry is up for "Frankie and Alice," a little-known drama that screened at Cannes but has not yet been released in the United States.

Likewise, Nicole Kidman is up for "Rabbit Hole," which audiences won't see until its release Friday.

As for Natalie Portman's nomination for "Black Swan," it may not translate to the Oscars, which tend to ignore the horror/chiller genre.

The Globes' best dramatic picture category, which includes five nominees, is the closest equivalent to the Oscars' best picture category, which this year expanded to 10 nominees.

Other contenders for that top award could be "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours" and underdogs like "The Town" and "Barney's Version."

And Disney is planning to mount an unprecedented best-picture campaign for the animated "Toy Story 3."

Ricky Gervais is returning as host of the Globes ceremony, airing live Jan. 16 on NBC.

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