Golden Globes Noms Announced: Let the Circus Begin

It's that time of the year again where "Hollywood" looks at itself in the mirror, ignores that slowly-increasing spare tire and the hair growing out of the ears, pats itself on the back and says, "Damn, I'm good."

December marks the point when the big gold giant starts waking up from his year-long slumber. It also marks the point at which all the other award shows and associations start coming out of the woodwork in their efforts to help elevate themselves (and the movies they are blowing sunshine at) to public relations superstardom in the season-long, ode to self-love, known as "Oscar season"

But before the big circle jerk on Hollywood and Highland takes over the minds of entertainment reporters everywhere, the bell weather for most "expert" guesses on who will win the bald gold dude named Oscar is announced: the Golden Globes.

In the wee hours of this morning, while most cameramen were still burning off the hangover from last night's Christmas party, Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry announced the nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards, which officially (at least in my book) kicks off Oscar Season into full swing as people everywhere begin to speculate who will be nominated and who will win the coveted prizes.

Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominates awards for both Comedy and Drama and for Film and Television. The list is a bit long. So here are the highlights. The full list of nominees can be found at the HFPA:

Best Motion Picture - drama
The Departed
Little Children
The Queen

Best Motion Picture - comedy or musical
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorius Nation of Kazakhstan
The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank you for Smoking

Best Animated Feature Film
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Foreign Language Film
Letters From Iwo Jima
The LIves of Others
Pan's Labyrinth

Best Director - Motion Picture
Clint Eastwood - Flags of our Fathers
Clint Eastwood - Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu - Babel
Martin Scorsese - The Departed

Best Television Series - Drama
Big Love
Grey's Anatomy

Best Televison Series - comedy
Desperate Housewives
The Office
Ugly Betty

In the weeks to come, we'll be showing the best ways to pick the winners and how to sound like a pretentious movie snob at parties and social gatherings. Maybe even how

Stay tuned.

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