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    WILLIAMS: nominations are in. What the Golden Globes might mean for the Oscars .

    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Golden Globe nominations are in, sometimes a marker for the Oscars . And on the movie side, " The King 's_Speech" leads the way, seven nominations, including Best Actor for Colin Firth . Other Best Drama nominees: the " Black Swan ," " The Fighter ," "Inception," "The Social Network." On the television side, "Glee" is said to be the insider, the leader with five nominations. " 30 Rock " and "Nurse Jackie" also nominated. Full list of nominees, by the way, is on our Web site , nightly.msnbc.com.

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Colin Firth stars as King George VI in "The King's Speech," which led all Golden Globe nominees with seven nods, including best film drama, best director, and best actor for Firth.
updated 12/14/2010 12:00:30 PM ET 2010-12-14T17:00:30

The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network."

Story: List of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards

Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy "Alice in Wonderland," the song-and-dance extravaganza "Burlesque," the lesbian-family tale "The Kids Are All Right," the action tale "Red" and the romantic thriller "The Tourist."

Bonham Carter, a supporting-actress nominee as Queen Elizabeth II's mother in the 1930s-era "The King's Speech," said the Globe nominations had some medicinal value for her and romantic partner Tim Burton, director of "Alice in Wonderland," which had three nominations. She and their children were nursing colds at their London home, while Burton was suffering from kidney stones.

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She was uncertain if the Globe nomination might help secure her the same honor at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 25. But she had stronger expectations for co-star Firth, a best-actor nominee as King George VI, the reluctant monarch struggling with a lifelong stammer.

"I've had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn't get an Oscar nomination," Bonham Carter said. "But I presume Colin will get one, and I presume Colin will win."

"The Social Network" and "The Fighter" tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for "The Social Network" were Jesse Eisenberg as best dramatic actor, Andrew Garfield as supporting actor and David Fincher as director.

"The Fighter" earned four acting nominations, best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot for David O. Russell.

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Wahlberg, also a producer on "The Fighter," stars as Boston-area boxer Micky Ward, who overcame family strife to get a title shot in his mid-30s with help from his half brother (Bale), a former fighter whose life unravels amid crime and drugs.

"Micky Ward was one of my heroes growing up. Doing what he did against all odds, he's just a very special individual," Wahlberg said. "Growing up in that neck of the woods and his family being so similar to mine and all the struggles, it's very inspiring."

"We were hopeful for a couple, but to get this number was unexpected, exciting, and when it comes to the actors, so well-deserved on their front," said "The Fighter" producer Ryan Kavanaugh. "Everyone brought their A-game."

Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedy actor for "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist."

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Along with Eisenberg, Firth and Wahlberg, best dramatic actor contenders are James Franco for the survival story "127 Hours" and Ryan Gosling for the marital tale "Blue Valentine."

Nominees for best dramatic actress are Halle Berry for the multiple-personality drama "Frankie and Alice," Nicole Kidman for the grieving-parent tale "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime yarn "Winter's Bone," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" and Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine."

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The news of her supporting-actress nomination for "Black Swan" came as a wake-up call for Mila Kunis, who co-stars as Portman's ballet rival for a production of "Swan Lake."

"It's good news to wake up to, for sure," Kunis said. "Being woken up at 5:30 in the morning, it was very funny, people were screaming on the phone, and my poor dogs were like, 'What's happening?'"

Along with Fincher and Russell, directing nominees are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech" and Christopher Nolan for "Inception."

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Nolan's sci-fi hit also earned nominations for screenplay and musical score, but its cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, was snubbed for acting slots.

Joel and Ethan Coen's Western "True Grit," starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, was shut out completely.

Joining Depp in the musical or comedy actor race are Paul Giamatti in the curmudgeon chronicle "Barney's Version," Jake Gyllenhaal in the romance "Love and Other Drugs" and Kevin Spacey in the Jack Abramoff saga "Casino Jack."

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Depp's "The Tourist" co-star Angelina Jolie is among musical or comedy actress nominees. Also competing are Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple in "The Kids Are All Right," Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" and Emma Stone in the high school romp "Easy A."

The animation category is filled with blockbusters, led by "Toy Story 3," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me." The current hit "Tangled" also made the cut, along with the upcoming French tale "The Illusionist."

"When we were making 'Toy Story 3,' I first and foremost did not have any awards thoughts in my mind at all while we were making it, especially because we had a '3' in the title," said "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich. "Sequels typically aren't included at awards time."

"Glee" leads TV contenders with five nominations, including comedy series and acting honors for Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison.

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Other TV comedy series picks were "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Big C," "Modern Family" and "Nurse Jackie." Drama series nominees were "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead."

Hollywood's second-highest film honors, the Globes traditionally were a solid weather vane for predicting which film might triumph at the Academy Awards. But the Globes have provided murky forecasts in recent times. In the last six years, only a single recipient of one of the Globe best-film prizes has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars — 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire."

That came after a stretch of eight-straight years when a Globe winner in either the dramatic or musical-comedy category went on to claim the best-picture Oscar.

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Like the Globes, the Oscars will feature 10 best-picture nominees, but in a single category, after academy overseers doubled the number of contenders so a broader range of films could compete.

With "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" considered front-runners this time, there are prospects of another divergent year between the Globes and the Oscars, whose nominations come out nine days after the Globes are presented.

Key prizes already have gone to "The Social Network," starring Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the Web site then feuds over its riches. The Los Angeles and New York film critics groups picked it as the year's best movie, as did the National Board of Review, a group of film historians, educators and students.

The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 critics and reporters for overseas outlets.

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

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Photos: Golden Globe nominees

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  1. 'The King's Speech'

    British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. Firth plays King George VI with Bonham Carter as his devoted wife, the late Queen Mum. Rush plays the speech therapist who helps the King overcome the stammer and lead his people through the dark days of World War II. (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'The Fighter'

    Christian Bale, left, is already being talked about as a favorite for the best supporting actor Oscar. He plays Dickie Eklund, brother and trainer to boxer Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter." Both men received Golden Globes nominations. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'The Social Network'

    Andrew Garfield, Joseph Mazzello, Jesse Eisenberg and Patrick Maple are seen in a scene from "The Social Network," which traces the birth of Facebook. Eisenberg and Garfield are nominated for acting honors, and the film tied with "The Fighter" for second-most nominations overall, just one behind "The King's Speech." (Merrick Morton / Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'Black Swan'

    Natalie Portman, shown, and Mila Kunis play competing ballerinas in "Black Swan." Both received acting nominations. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'Inception'

    The dream-swirled word of "Inception," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, intrigued and confused many viewers. The film was nominated for best drama. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. '127 Hours'

    James Franco is up for an acting Globe for his work as Aron Ralston, a hiker who becomes trapped and must take desperate measures to free himself. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'The Tourist'

    Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in "The Tourist." Many Globes observers found it odd that the film was nominated for best musical or comedy motion picture, as it is neither. Both stars also received acting nominations, as did Depp for "Alice in Wonderland." (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Burlesque'

    One of the odder nominees was the far-from-critically-acclaimed "Burlesque," starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. It made the nomination list in the best musical or comedy motion picture category. (Screen Gems) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'The Kids Are All Right'

    "The Kids Are All Right" was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is up for best musical or comedy and stars Annette Bening, left, and Julianne Moore are both up for acting Globes. (Focus Features) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Love and Other Drugs'

    Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal are both up for acting Globes for their romantic comedy, which features Gyllenhaal as a Viagra salesman. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Casino Jack'

    Kevin Spacey, left, with Barry Pepper, is nominated for acting honors for his role as disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack." (Metropolitan) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'Winter's Bone'

    "Winter's Bone" may be one of the least-seen nominees, but ever since its release it's been talked about as an award favorite. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young woman in the Ozarks who must try to locate her bail-jumping, meth-making dad in order to save her humble home. (ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

    Michael Douglas was nominated for an acting Globe for reprising his role as tycoon Gordon Gekko in the sequel to 1987's "Wall Street." Douglas is battling advanced throat cancer. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. 'Toy Story 3'

    Buzz Lightyear, Woody and pals are back in the third "Toy Story" movie," which is nominated for best animated film. All three films in the series have been critically acclaimed. (Disney/Pixar) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. '30 Rock'

    Jack McBrayer, left, and Alec Baldwin are shown in a scene from "30 Rock." The series was nominated for best television musical or comedy series, and Baldwin and Tina Fey are up for acting Globes. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. 'Boardwalk Empire'

    "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's epic drama about Prohibition bootleggers, is up for best dramatic series, with star Steve Buscemi also nominated for an acting award. (HBO) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. 'Mad Men'

    "Mad Men" remains an awards favorite. It's nominated for best dramatic television series, and star Jon Hamm, center, is also up for an acting honor. (AMC) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. 'Glee'

    Popular musical comedy show "Glee" is up for a Globe, and stars Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are nominated for acting honors. (Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. 'The Big C'

    Laura Linney has been nominated for an acting Globe for her role in "The Big C," Showtime's series about a suburban mother dealing with cancer. (Showtime) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Temple Grandin'

    Claire Danes is an early favorite to win a miniseries or movie acting award for playing the lead role in "Temple Grandin," HBO's true-to-life film based on the life of an autistic woman who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock. (HBO) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. 'The Good Wife'

    "The Good Wife," in which Julianna Margulies plays a lawyer whose public-servant husband was involved in a sex scandal, is nominated for best television drama, with Margulies up for an acting honor as well. (CBS) Back to slideshow navigation
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