Clooney’s “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March” are among the six films nominated for best drama and he is also a contender for best actor in a drama for his “Descendants” role and for best director and best screenplay for “The Ides of March.”
And Hollywood man-of-the moment Ryan Gosling won’t be able to be missed either, earning a best drama movie actor nomination for “The Ides of March” . He is also nominated for best actor in a comedy film for “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Clloney will be up against his old pal Brad Pitt whose recent offering “Moneyball” is also nominated for best screenplay, while Pitt, who portrayed baseball general manager Billy Beane, is up for best actor in a drama film.
Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is competing for best drama, and John Williams’ music for the film is nominated for best original score. The movie is not up for any acting honors.
“Hugo” rounds out nominations for the best movie drama category. Martin Scorsese is also nominated for best director for his work on the 3-D family film.
The best drama film actor category also includes Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of the former FBI director in “J. Edgar,” and Michael Fassbender for “Shame.”
Meryl Streep, who has been nominated 25 times before for Globes and won seven of the trophies, is again in the running for best actress in a drama film. She is nominated for portraying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
Glenn Close, who produced, co-wrote and stars in “Albert Nobbs,” was nominated as best actress. Co-star Janet McTeer is nominated in the best supporting actress category.
Along with Davis, Streep and Close, the best drama actress competitors include Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Rooney Mara for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”