2012 Golden Globe Award Nominations

2012 Golden Globe Award nominations
Photo: RopeofSilicon / Brad Brevet

This morning Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara announced the 2012 Golden Globe Award nominations.

The nominations were announced in two waves, the first was at approximately 5:15 AM PST and to my personal surprise Madonna's W.E. scored two nominations, one for Abel Korzeniowski's score and another for the song "Masterpiece" which plays during the film's credits. The HFPA was also sure to get Angelina Jolie in the mix early by nominating her feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey for Best Foreign Language Film. Beyond those mentions, there really wasn't much to take away from the first wave unless the nomination for Cars 2 in the animated category surprises you.

The second wave of nominations were presented live during "The Today Show" on the East Coast and during local morning news here on the Pacific Coast and this batch showed a clear sign the Hollywood Foreign Press enjoyed George Clooney's The Ides of March as it scored a nomination for Best Picture (Drama) along with a nomination for Ryan Gosling for Best Actor (Drama), Clooney for Director and a screenplay nod for Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The Artist and The Descendants continued their run, both earning Best Picture nominations, Best Director, Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress and Ludovic Bource was also nominated for Original Score for The Artist.

Otherwise, surprises were kept to a minimum, though it was interesting to see Viggo Mortensen score a Supporting nod for his performance in A Dangerous Method and instead of five nominees in Best Picture (Drama) there were six with The Ides of March being the surprise entry there while Warner's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was once again blanked.

I have included all of the nominees directly below and will be back later today with a closer evaluation of the noms and possibly some updated Oscar predictions. You can check out all my current predictions here.

The 2012 Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live at 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2012. The festivities will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and just like last year I will be here with a live blog and winners as always. If you've never tuned in for that, just click here to check out last year's coverage when Gervais stole the show.

All of that said, here are the nominees...


  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
  • Michael Fassbender, Shame
  • Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • 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
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling, Cazy Stupid Love
  • Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
  • Jodie Foster, Carnage
  • Charlize Theron, Young Adult
  • Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Kate Winslet, Carnage
  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks, Drive
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Clooney, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Cloney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
  • Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
  • The Flowers of War
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Ludovic Bource, The Artist
  • Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Howard Shore, Hugo
  • John Williams, War Horse
  • "Hello Hello" from Gnomeo and Juliet
  • "The Keeper" from Machine Gun Preacher
  • "Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs
  • "The Living Proof" from The Help
  • "Masterpiece" from W.E.
Cecil B. deMille Award
  • Morgan Freeman

The television nominees are on the next page...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Bloom/685603836 Corey Bloom

    Loving the nods for Mara and Reznor

    • Colin

      I second that

  • Ferdi

    Too bad Emma Stone didn't receive a nomination for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Musical. Little unnecesarilly to nominate both Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet for Carnage... Allthough I liked the latter more than the former in the movie!

  • LJF

    Ahhh awards season, and for the first time in years i actually don't care about them. Although Bryan Cranston and Zooey Deschanel are who i want to win in actor and actress.

  • Nick

    The Muppets being snubbed in Best Comedy/Musical and Best Original Song is pretty... unexpected. I like most of the nods though, especially Mara, Fassbender and Brooks (after yesterday's SAGs) and the nominees for Best Actor in Comedy/Musical.

  • Travis

    Looks like I'll be switching Rooney Mara back into the mix. Also, I put Jonah Hill in instead of Nick Nolte-both of whom replaced Viggo in my Golden Globe predictions.

  • Grissom

    Wow, Boss over Breaking Bad? Seriously? The Golden Globes need to straighten up. I was glad McCarthy was snubbed, but also surprised at the same time.


    if anyone from the Movie Descendents wins an award it BY FAR should be Shailene who plays the eldest daughter.. she was a knockout in the role in every way.. Her performance was so grand that without her George's performance would not have stood out any where near as much.. Acknowledge it & reward her for it.. she was that good.

    • MajorFilmFan

      YES!!! She was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I REALLY hope she wins!

  • ELaIC

    'Extremely loud and incredibly close' blanked again? why?!

    • Steve J

      Has anyone seen the movie yet? Just curious, but red flags are being raised in my book.

  • zac

    Wtf is going on with Extremely Load. I'll besurprised if it gets any academy awards nominations.

  • Kyle

    is it just a typo that only Steve Zailian is nominated for Moneyball or is there something going on with WGA rules or whatever that is leaving Aaron Sorkin off?

    Also, in my mind, Shailene Woodley = incredibly underrated. Maybe in a high school she would be a great actress but idk. She left me very unimpressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Vazquez/1114800043 Michael Vazquez

    I'm glad Wiig got the nod, really liking the love for Bridesmaids (said this many times, one of the funniest movies i've seen). Happy about the Mara, Reznor & Ross nods not happy Fincher didn't get in. Happy for Jonah Hill & Brad Pitt as well for Moneyball. Davis, Chastain & Spencer as well for The Help. Not happy Thomas Newman didn't get any love. Glad for Ryan Gosling for Crazy, Stupid, Love but Steve Carell should have gotten in too. Not happy that there's no Emma Stone here.

  • Kyle

    And kudos to them for nailing the comedy sections this year (minus The Muppets snub of course.....)

  • Kyle

    Crazy, not Cray. just thought i would let you know :P

  • Casper

    Weak year for movies and for the first time in many years no one is the frontrunner in any categories.

  • AKD

    How is "The Flowers of War" a foreign film when it's in English? Or were the scenes that were used for the trailer here in the States just in English? I’d put my vote towards “The Skin I Live In”, for now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Roggio/1487010008 Alex Roggio

      Apparently it's 60% Mandarin... Still doesn't change the fact the protagonist primarily speaks English.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Roggio/1487010008 Alex Roggio

    Jeremy Irons is amazing and I have nothing against him, but there were so many great actors this year who deserves that nod instead of him.

    My top 10 goes like this:

    1. Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
    2. Damien Lewis - "Homeland"
    3. Sean Bean - "Game of Thrones"
    4. Steve Buscemi - "Boardwalk Empire"
    5. Anson Mount - "Hell on Wheels"
    6. Michael Pitt - "Boardwalk Empire"
    7. Hugh Laurie - "House"
    8. Michael C. Hall - "Dexter"
    9. Andrew Lincoln - "The Walking Dead"
    10. Kelsey Grammer - "Boss"

    I also think its bull**** that Giancarlo Esposito isn't nominated in Supporting Actor. He was tremendous in Breaking Bad and definitely deserves a nomination. Actually, the Golden Globes completely screwed up those nominations. Where's Ty Burrell? Julie Bowen? All in all, just a terrible showing by the HFPAA as always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Roggio/1487010008 Alex Roggio


    Best Picture (Drama) - "The Descendants" (Runner-up: The Ides of March)
    Best Picture (Comedy) - "The Artist" (Runner-up: Midnight in Paris)
    Best Foreign Language Film - "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (Runner-up: The Flowers of War)
    Best Animated Film - "Rango" (Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin)

    Best Director - "Alexander Payne - The Descendants" (Runner-up: George Clooney - The Ides of March)
    Best Screenplay - "George Cloney (sic) and Grant Heslov - The Ides of March" (Runner-up: Steve Zaillian - Moneyball)
    Best Original Score - "Ludovic Borce - The Artist" (Runner-up: John Williams - Hugo)
    Best Original Song - "The Living Proof - The Help" (Runner-up: Masterpiece - W.E.)

    Best Actor (Drama) - "George Clooney - The Descendants" (Runner-up: Brad Pitt - Moneyball)
    Best Actress (Drama) - "Viola Davis - The Help" (Runner-up: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady)
    Best Supporting Actor - "Christopher Plummer - Beginners" (Runner-up: Albert Brooks - Drive)
    Best Supporting Actress - "Octavia Spencer - The Help" (Runner-up: Bernice Bejo - The Artist)

    • Mark

      Streep should easily walk away with the Globe/Drama...

  • Colin

    Around this time last year I would throw out my Oscar predictions and usually I wasn't too bad at guessing, this year, I really don't care enough to prognosticate. There really is no one to root for in this race.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      This is the exact reason I now look at the Oscars and the awards race as a game and not some form of measure of quality. It's also why I do my RopeofSilicon Awards and open up the doors for you guys to declare your favorites. After all, the opinions of the moviegoers like us are what really matters.

      Actually, the fact it's all up in the air this year is beginning to make it more fun for me than it was last year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Batchelder/602915927 Josh Batchelder

    Seriously? Way to snub one of the best films of the year (THE MUPPETS!!!!!!!) from every category.

  • Bren

    Glad to see Gleeson honored. He was brilliant in The Guard.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      That was a happy surprise, yes. The Guard is a film I'll be revisiting before I do my top ten.

  • Oscar Smarty

    EW.com is saying Carnage got nominated as Best Picture (Comedy/musical) as well; is this true?


    ALSO- I think EL&EC is this years True Grit. Was screened late. True Grit did get 2 SAG noms but it was more showy. True Grit was snubbed of any Golden Globes. Globes mean nothing to the Oscars. I think EL&EC could be this years Crash as well. I think will win best pic.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      No, that is not true. Carnage was only nominated in Actress (Comedy/Musical)

  • Winchester

    Looking over the list of nominees there are still so many that I have yet to see that it would be hard for me to heavily 'object' to ir 'support' much of the contenders.

    So, I'm fine with it really.

    Though I think that Tilda Swinton may become a dark horse Oscar contender this year. For a nomination at least.

  • MajorFilmFan


    Hugo ( Runner Up- War Horse

    The Artist (Runner Up: 50/50

    Best Actor
    Michael Fassbender (Runne Up: Brad Pitt)

    Best Actress
    Viola Davis (Runner Up: Meryl Streep)

    Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Runner Up: Jean DeJardan)

    Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
    Michelle Williams (Runner up: Charleze Theron)

    Supporting Actor
    Christopher Plummer (Runner up: Jonah Hill)

    Supporting Supporting Actress
    Shaliene Woodly (Runner up: Octavia Spencer)

    Best Director
    Martin Scorsessee (Runner up: Alexander Payne)

    Best Animated Film

    Best Screenplay
    Stephen Zillian (Runner Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rush)

    Foreign Langauge Picture
    In the land of Blood and Honey (Runner Up: Flowers of War)

    Original Score
    Trent Renzor and Atticus Ross (Runner up: Howard Shore)

    Original Song
    The Living Proof

    • Mark

      Best Actor Comedy/Musical will be DeJardan in a walk. Best Actress Drama will be Streep which HFPA loves. Where are you getting your predictions from, The Muppets?

  • GIlmore

    Does anyone here watch Boardwalk Empire? If so, can you also say you're shocked that Michael Pitt did not get nominated for his fantastic performance this season? I would even venture to say that his acting quality was way higher than Buscemi's, and yet Buscemi still got a nomination. Brad, I know you say it isn't about quality at all, and you're right, but why can't they just understand a good performance when they see one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Vazquez/1114800043 Michael Vazquez

    I just noticed something, sorry if i'm slow but I just noticed that Steve Zaillian got his credit for Moneyball screenplay, where's Aaron Sorkin? Both of their names should be there, not just Zaillian.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Absolutely right, forgot to go back and add that one as I typed them up as they were announced. Thanks!

  • Evengan

    Brad, I have a question. The fact that Hello Hello is nominated for Best Song, that means Lady Gaga is nominated for the award, or just the composers?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      As far as I know only Elton John and Bernie Taupin who were responsible for music and lyrics respectively.

  • Joseph Morgan

    It seems like the HFPA seems to kiss the feet of the Jolie-Pitt family seeing as they're back again for the second year in a row. Actually, I predicted that Angelina's film would get a nomination just so that we would see the power couple this year.

  • http://movieboozer.com Zach J

    Echoing a few of the comments below, but what does this mean for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close? Has a film ever won Best Picture without even a nom from the Golden Globes? You wouldn't think they would want to miss out on such a potentially large film (with A-listers like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock involved to boot). Red flags indeed.

    Also, ignoring Breaking Bad is just dumb. One of the best seasons of TV I've seen period, much less this year. And the show to benefit is... American Horror Story? Wow.

  • MKing

    Where exactly is The Walking Dead. That show has some of the best visual effects I've seen in a TV show. And the acting, oh the acting is so realistic and great. Boss and American Horror Story got nominations over it. That's ridiculous.

  • zlaja

    The Ides of March has 4 noms but Drive only one.. The most of nominations are at the right place but some are just... ridiculous.

  • Steve-o

    Does anybody else think that Michael Pitt should have been included on this list. His work on Boardwalk Empire was awesome!

  • Jasmine

    Quit ragging on the Pitt-Jolie's. The Tourist was not that bad and people didn't mock Depp so much for his nomination.

    They snubbed Kung Fu Panda 2, Happy Feet 2 as well as Tree of Life completely! Moneyball, Tree of Life, and In the Land of Blood & Honey were all fine films and deserved to be recognized. In fact her movie had the potential to be a strong contender but the early timing of annoucements screwed her out of any major nominations so far. Don't mock her film when it is likely you have not seen it. There has only been one screening. Pitt got snubbed for supporting actor and Jolie only got one nomination for her film. They deserve to be recognized because most of their movies tend to be high quality.

    It is George Clooney whose feet, they seem to be kissing with the overrated The Descendants and lackluster Ides of March dominating.

  • Trent

    Well, Melissa McCarthy getting overlooked here has unsurprisingly killed any chance of Oscar consideration. No bridge jumping for me!

  • Ooze33

    Take out Puss in Boots and Cars 2 in Animated Feature and replace them with Winnie the Pooh and Kung Fu Panda 2. Everything else is fine, though I wish The Muppets had gotten a Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) nod.