17 Dec 2011

Silent era film tops Golden Globe nominations

10:05 am on 17 December 2011

The Artist, a film about the demise of the silent era in Hollywood, has topped the list of nominations for the Golden Globe awards.

It has six nominations including best musical and comedy, and best actor and actress Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

The Help and The Descendants are nominated for five awards apiece.

Both are nominated for best film drama, alongside Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse and The Ides of March.

In the best comedy or musical category, The Artist faces competition from 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris and My Week with Marilyn.

Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams are nominated for their performances in the latter.

Other contenders are Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster. Meryl Streep is nominated for The Iron Lady.

Best actor nominees include George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Brendan Gleeson for his role in The Guard.

Nominations in the best animated film category include Arthur Christmas, Cars 2 and The Adventures of Tintin.

In the television section of the awards, Downton Abbey and Mildred Pierce lead the way with four nominations each.

The annual Golden Globe awards take place on 15 January. The event is the first of the Hollywood season.