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George Clooney, The Artist lead 2012 Golden Globe noms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominees for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones, and Sofia Vergara were up bright and early to help announce the nominees for next month’s Golden Globes.

The nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) 69th annual Golden Golden Awards were announced in Beverly Hills this morning — mirroring many of the noms that dominated the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination ceremony on Wednesday.

“Good morning everyone and thank you for setting your alarm clock extra, extra early today,” HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly said moments before the roll call of nominees for the year’s best in television and film began.

The Artist leads this year’s film nominations with six bids.

Eternal bachelor George Clooney picked up three.

Tied for second-place in Thursday’s nominations were the 1960s racial drama The Help and Clooney’s Hawaiian family story The Descendants.

The Golden Globes have historically been good at predicting likely best picture nominees for the Academy Awards.

Globe voters once had a solid track record at forecasting the champ of Oscar night’s biggest prize, but they’ve been missing the mark in recent years.

In the past seven years, only one top Globe recipient has gone on claim the main trophy on Oscar night.

The voters might have better luck in 2012. The show now has two best picture categories, one for drama and a second for musicals and comedies.

Here’s a peek at some of this morning’s highlights…

Best actor, television series, drama

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

Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical

  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

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

Best television series, drama

  • American Horror Story
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Boss
  • Homeland
  • Game of Thrones

Best motion picture, comedy or musical

  • Bridesmaids
  • The Artist
  • Midnight in Paris
  • 50/50
  • My Week With Marilyn

Best actress, motion picture drama

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep, Iron Lady
  • Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk about Kevin

Best actress in a television comedy series

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

For a complete list of nominations in all 25 categories, click here.

Reactions, Raves, Snubs? Were any of your fave actors/TV shows/movies left out of the Golden Globe nominations? Sound off in the Comments section!

The Golden Globes will be presented Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by envelope-pushin’ comedian Ricky Gervais.

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