Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson are among the Irish names vying for a Golden Globe at this morning’s LA ceremony.
Fassbender has been nominated as Best Actor (Drama) for his role in Shame, while Gleeson has been nominated for Best Actor (In a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy) for The Guard.
Fassbender is up against Ides of March stars George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, who had a second nomination for best musical or comedy actor for the romance Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The silent-era tale The Artist heads the Globes nominations with six, among them best comedy or musical and acting honours for its French stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
Tied for second-place in the nominations are the 1960s tale The Help and George Clooney’s The Descendants. Both films are up for best drama, while Clooney was nominated for best dramatic actor and The Help earned acting slots for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.
Also competing for best drama: Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure Hugo; Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March; Brad Pitt’s baseball chronicle Moneyball; and Steven Spielberg’s First World War epic War Horse.
Joining The Artist in the best musical or comedy category are: the cancer story 50/50; Kristen Wiig’s wedding romp Bridesmaids; Woody Allen’s romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris; and Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe tale My Week with Marilyn.
Clooney has three nominations. Besides best dramatic actor for The Descendants, he’s up for directing and screenplay for The Ides of March.
Glenn Close also is a dual contender, as best dramatic actress for the Irish drama Albert Nobbs and for best song for writing the lyrics to Lay Your Head Down, the film’s theme tune.
The theme was recorded by Sinéad O’Connor and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and composed by Brian Byrne.
The Globes are a precursor and guide to the annual Oscars. The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday January 24.