Speech! Speech! UK drama gets big nods

The British monarchy tale The King’s Speech led Golden Globe contenders 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, boxing saga The Fighter, sci-fi blockbuster Inception and 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, song-and-dance extravaganza Burlesque, lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right, action ensemble Red and romantic thriller The Tourist.

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 kids were nursing colds at their London home, while Burton had kidney stones.

She was uncertain if the Globe nomination might help secure her the same honor at the Academy Awards, for which nominations come out Jan. 25. But she had stronger expectations for co-star Firth, a best-actor nominee as King George VI, the reluctant monarch struggling with a stammer.

“I’ve had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn’t get an Oscar nomination,” Bonham Carter said. “But I presume Colin will get one, and I presume Colin will win.”

The Fighter earned its share of nods, best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo and a directing slot for David O. Russell.

“We were hopeful for a couple, but to get this number was unexpected, exciting, and when it comes to the actors, so well-deserved on their front,” said producer Ryan Kavanaugh. “Everyone brought their A-game.”

Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Western True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, was shut out completely.

The animation category is filled with blockbusters, and led by Toy Story 3.

“When we were making Toy Story 3, I first and foremost did not have any awards thoughts in my mind,” said director Lee Unkrich. “Sequels typically aren’t included at awards time.”

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


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