It's officially awards season now that the secretive geniuses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have announced the nominees for the Golden Globes, Hollywood's self-love and booze fest. The Artist appears to be the big winner, but that's not surprising at all. However there are some shocks to be had.

The Artist, the black and white silent movie that's way better than you think it will be, lead the pack with six nominations, the most of any film. Both The Descendants and The Help each scored five. Most of the other nominated films have all been tossed around as awards bait since before they came out, so everything seemed standard. Well, that The Help was considered a drama and My Week with Marilyn was considered a comedy I will never figure out. Also curious is how Bridesmaids was nominated for best comedy and Kristin Wiig for best comedic actress but Melissa McCarthy was shut out.

The television categories are also a little wonky. Breaking Bad is on the top of every critic's best of 2011 list, but didn't get mentioned except for perpetual winner Bryan Cranston in the best actor category. It's also a little surprising to see American Horror Story as best drama, not because it's bad (it's Ryan Murphy's best show on TV) but because it's not the usual awards fare. Also strange is the inclusion of critically panned Enlightened and Episodes as best comedy (though Laura Dern totally deserves the acting trophy).

But the best surprises are always at the unruly awards ceremony, so you know we're going to be waiting anxiously by our sets on January 15. Here are all of the nominees.

Best Picture, Drama
War Horse
The Ides of March
The Help

Best Picture, Comedy
The Artist
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris

Best Actor, Drama
George Clooney in The Descendants
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Leonardo DiCaprio in J.Edgar
Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender in Shame

Best Actress, Drama
Viola Davis in The Help
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Best Actor, Comedy
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
Joseph Gorden-Levitt in 50/50
Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress, Comedy
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

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

Best Comedy Series
New Girl
Modern Family

Best Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Actress, Comedy
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best TV-Movie or Miniseries
Mildred Pierce
Too Big Too Fail
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour

Best Actor, TV-Movie or Miniseries
William Hurt, Too Big Too Fail
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, Appropriate Adult

Supporting Actor, TV-Movie or Miniseries
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Supporting Actress, TV-Movie or Miniseries
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Screenplay
Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants

Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2

Best Foreign Film
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Flowers of War
The Skin I Live In
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation

Best Original Song
The Help
Albert Nobbs
Machine Gun Preacher
Gnomeo and Juliet

Best Score
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
The Artist

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