The Globes have a better track record predicting who will win Oscars for acting. A year ago, all four actors who won Oscars earned Globes first _ lead players Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” and “The Fighter” supporting stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
This time, “The Help” leads the acting categories with three nominations, for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Along with Clooney, Pitt and Williams, other nominees include Meryl Streep for the Margaret Thatcher story “The Iron Lady,” Leonardo DiCaprio for the J. Edgar Hoover biography “J. Edgar,” Christopher Plummer for the father-son tale “Beginners” and Glenn Close and Janet McTeer for the Irish drama “Albert Nobbs.”
Ryan Gosling has two nominations, as dramatic actor for “The Ides of March” and actor in a musical or comedy for the romance “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Morgan Freeman will receive the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at Sunday’s Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony.
Gervais has returned to host the Globes for the third-straight time. If the caustic comedian decides to again bite the hand that feeds him, a case working its way through federal court in Los Angeles might provide some of his material: the HFPA is fighting for the right to dump longtime Globes broadcaster NBC if it can get a better deal with another network.
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