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Ryan Gosling, George Clooney lead Golden Globe nominations

Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. (Getty Images)

Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. (Getty Images) Credit: yan Gosling and George Clooney. (Getty Images)

The prelude to awards season has begun with the 69th annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Thursday.

Singled out was the "The Artist" (six nods) and "The Descendants" (five nods) in categories including Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director. Miniseries "Downton Abbey" and "Mildred Pierce" led the way on the TV front with four noms each, followed by "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family."

Actresses Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife'") and Madeleine Stowe ("Revenge") also received acting nominations in the Television Drama category.

For film, George Clooney and George Clooney Jr., er, Ryan Gosling led the acting categories with multiple nods each. Clooney scored recognition for Best Director and Original Screenplay ("Ides of March") and Drama Actor ("The Descendants").

Gosling will go up against his "Ides" co-star for Best Drama Actor and also scored an unexpected nod for his turn in the bland rom-com "Crazy Stupid Love." The Globes air Jan. 15 on NBC and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.
Here are a few top categories:

Best Motion Picture-Drama
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"The Ides of March"
"War Horse"

Best TV Series-Drama
"American Horror Story"
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Game of Thrones"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar"
Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
Ryan Gosling, "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
"The Artist"
"Midnight in Paris"
"My Week With Marilyn"

Best TV Series-Comedy or Musical
"Modern Family"
"New Girl"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-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"

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