2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced!

The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.

As expected, "The Artist" and "The Descendants" led the way with five nods each, but there were plenty of surprises too.

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George Clooney is going to have a big night, as his "The Ides of March" scored four nominations, including Best Director.

Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March."

"Game of Thrones" also picked up two nominations this year.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC Sunday, Jan. 15 2012 from the Beverly Hilton in L.A.

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

BEST ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Brendan Gleeson, "The Guard"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"
Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Owen Wilson, "Midnight in Paris"

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness"

BEST ACTRESS, TV COMEDY
Laura Dern, "Enlightened"
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

BEST ACTOR, TV COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
David Duchovny, "Californication"
Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
"Enlightened"
"Episodes"
"Glee"
"Modern Family"
"New Girl"

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"
Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Janet Mcteer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Check out "Extra's" full list of nominees!

Fun Facts About the Golden Globes

Going National

The first national telecasts of the awards were during a special segment on "The Andy Williams Show" in 1964 and 1965.

The Beginning

Paul Lukas won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the first awards presentation.

Host with the Most

The annual telecast is put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

HFPA

Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign journalists, the organization was originally called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. The associations current president is Philip Berk.

A Golden Star

Judy Garland was the first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1962.

Rat Pack Rewind

Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA up until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show. Since then, stars have ruled the show.

Five Favorites

The most Globes won by a film is five -- and the honor has been shared by five winners: "Doctor Zhivago" (1966), "Love Story" (1971), "The Godfather" (1973), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1976), and "A Star is Born" (1977).

Perfect Record

Three films — "Doctor Zhivago", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and "A Star is Born" — all received five nominations and won five Globes.

Awards Sweep

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay).

Biggest Shut-Outs

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1967) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1991) each received seven nominations — but no awards.

'Nashville' Nine

"Nashville" (1976) holds the record for most nominations ever for a film — but the film only won one the Best Song award for Keith Carradine's "I'm Easy."

Academy Snub

Actress Rosalind Russell won all five Golden Globes that she's been nominated for, but never nabbed an Oscar for her achievements.

Star of 2005

Jamie Foxx holds the record for most nominations in one year -- in 2005, he was up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) "Ray"; Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Drama) "Collateral" and Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, "Redemption."

From 'The Office' to the Stage

Ricky Gervais will host the 2011 Globes, returning for the second year in a row.

Three-Way

There has only been one three-way tie in a category at the Globes -- in 1989, Jodie Foster ("The Accused"), Shirley MacLaine ("Madame Sousatzka"), and Sigourney Weaver ("Gorillas in the Mist") all won for Best Actress.

Youngest Recipient

Ricky Schroeder became the youngest award recipient ever when he won the Globe for Best New Star of the Year in 1980 for "The Champ" at age 9.

Top Actresses

Only four actresses have won two acting awards in the same year: Sigourney Weaver (1989), Joan Plowright (1993), Helen Mirren (2007) and Kate Winslet (2009).

Unbeatable at 80

Jessica Tandy is the oldest award recipient ever, having won Best Actress at age 80 for "Driving Miss Daisy" (1990).

Nomination Domination

Meryl Streep holds the record for most individual nominations — twenty-five (as of the 2010 nominations). Jack Lemmon is second with twenty-two.

The Award

The first physical award that was given to winners was a scroll.

Star Protest

Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Globe for "The Godfather" in 1973 to protest U.S. "imperialism and racism". He also refused his Oscar statuette for the same role.

Cecil B. DeMille Award

The famous filmmaker was the first recipient of this award for a lifetime of achievements in motion pictures. Robert De Niro will be honored with the 2011 Cecil B. DeMille award.

Miss Golden Globe

Gia Mantegna, the daughter of Golden Globe-nominated actor Joe Mantegna, was named Miss Golden Globe 2011. She currently stars in TeenNick's new series "Gigantic," which takes a fictional look at the complicated lives of children of Hollywood celebrities.

2011 Top Honors

This year, "The King's Speech" leads the pack with seven nominations. "The Fighter" and "The Social Network" follow with six nominations each.

Broadcast 2011

The 2011 Golden Globes will be broadcast LIVE Sunday, January 16 on NBC at 5 PM PST and 8 PM EST.

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