Golden Globe Nominations Go for Ryan Gosling, George Clooney—and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Too?

It was a good day to be Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. It was a better day than yesterday to be The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Gosling and Clooney were among the top—and repeated—Golden Globe nominees, while the much-hyped, but SAG-snubbed David Fincher film got back in the game, to a point.

In the glamour Best Motion Picture, Drama category, the Clooney-directed political drama The Ides of March will go up against the Clooney-starring dramedy The Descendants.

The Help, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Moneyball and Steven Spielberg's War Horse were nominated, too, despite their lack of a certain silver-haired multihyphenate.

In other Clooney news, the star was nominated for Best Director (Ides of March), Drama Actor (The Descendants) and Best Original Screenplay (Ides of March).

Gosling, who was shut out at the SAG nominations, but otherwise has been an awards-season player, will go up against Clooney, his Ides of March costar, for Best Drama Actor.

In a mild surprise, Gosling's also nominated for Best Comedy-Musical Actor, for the previously unheralded Crazy Stupid Love.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, meanwhile, which has run hot and cold, was warm-ish at the Globes.

The film picked up two nominations: one for Original Score, and one key one for breakout star Rooney Mara (Best Drama Actress). But it failed to rate in any of the other big-boy categories, including director, screenplay and film.

Overall, the Hollywood Foreign Press, which typically can be counted on for a jaw-dropper or three, played things pretty straight.

Oscar favorite The Artist led all films with six nominations, including ones for its leads, Jean DuJardin and Bérénice Bejo. The Descendants and The Help nabbed five each.

The Artist, 50/50, Bridesmaids, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and My Week With Marilyn are up for Best Motion Picture, Comedy-Musical.

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Viola Davis (The Help) notched their now-usual Best Drama Actress nominations, while Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) scored their now-usual Best Drama Actor nominations.

50/50's Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a happy, but not crazy surprise in the Best Comedy-Musical Actor category. Midnight in Paris' Owen Wilson also popped up there, a rare individual nod for the star.

Kristen Wiig, denied by the otherwise-Bridesmaids-boosting SAGs, is up for Best Comedy-Musical Actress. Outside of My Weekend With Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Wiig's competition is not the same-old, same-old: Charlize Theron, up for Young Adult; and Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, both for Roman Polanski's Carnage.

Elsewhere, the TV categories featured a mix of the old-ish and the new.

Glee and Modern Family are up for Comedy Series, alongside Matt LeBlanc's Episodes, Laura Dern's Enlightened and Zooey Deschanel's New Girl. LeBlanc, Dern and Deschanel are all individual nominees, too.

Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones will vie for Drama Series against newbies American Horror Story, Boss and Homeland.

The 69th Annual Golden Globes are set for Jan. 15. Ricky Gervais will be back as host—consider yourself warned.

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