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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 have been 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 past 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.

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 two acclaimed dramas — “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, nominations for which come out Jan. 25, nine days after the Globes are presented.

“The Social Network” already has snagged two key prizes as both Los Angeles and New York film critics groups picked it as the year’s best movie. The National Board of Review, a group of film historians, educators and students, also picked “The Social Network” as best of the year.

The Globes and Oscars typically line up better on acting winners. Last year, “Avatar” won best drama at the Globes and “The Hurt Locker” took best picture at the Oscars. But all four Oscar acting recipients — Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart,” Mo’Nique for “Precious” and Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” — also won prizes at the Globes first.

Clear favorites have emerged this season for best actor (Mr. Firth in “The King’s Speech”) and supporting actor (Mr. Bale in “The Fighter”).

Miss Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” and Miss Portman in “Black Swan” could wind up in a two-woman race for best actress at the Oscars, while the supporting-actress category is up for grabs among prospects that include Miss Adams and Miss Leo in “The Fighter,” Miss Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” and 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit.”

No matter how the two awards shows line up on winners, the stars generally can count on a good time at the Globes, a more laid-back, dinner-and-drinks affair than the stately Oscars.

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

Robert De Niro, an eight-time Globe nominee who won a best-actor prize there for “Raging Bull,” will receive the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

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