- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | 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.”

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 romp “Red” and the romantic thriller “The Tourist.”

Miss 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 Mr. Burton was suffering from kidney stones.

She was uncertain whether 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 Mr. Firth, a best-actor nominee as King George VI, the reluctant monarch struggling with a lifelong stammer.

Mark Wahlberg (left) and director David O. Russell are shown on the set of "The Fighter." Mr. Wahlberg was nominated for a Golden Globe in the best-actor category, and Mr. Russell was nominated for best director. (Associated Press)
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“I’ve had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn’t get an Oscar nomination,” Miss 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.

Mr. 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 (Mr. 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,” Mr. 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.”

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

Along with Mr. Eisenberg, Mr. Firth and Mr. 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.”

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

“It’s good news to wake up to, for sure,” Miss 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?’”

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