Awards season is here! Along with the promise of Christmas, breakable New Years resolutions and weight gain, we also have the nominations for both the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) and the Golden Globes 2012.

The Artist leads pack at Golden Globes

The winners won’t be announced until both ceremonies are held in January, of course, but we finally know which films and performances caught the eye of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Screen Actors Guild. Unsurprisingly they have similar ideas.

The Artist is in the lead with six nominations at the Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical and three nominations at the SAG awards. George Clooney’s The Descendants and The Help have five nods apiece at the Globes, while The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball received four. BBC Film My Week With Marilyn has also done well, with three at the Globes and two at the SAG’s.

In the Acting categories, there are some surprises. No one expected Meryl Streep to not receive nominations for The Iron Lady (the only nods the film received), but I doubt anyone thought comedy hit Bridesmaids would get recognition. The film received three acting acknowledgements; one at the Globes and two at the SAG’s.

A-listers Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney will compete for the Male Lead in a Motion Picture accolades at both ceremonies while The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin also has two nods. In the supporting categories, My Week With Marilyn‘s Kenneth Branagh and Jonah Hill (Moneyball) received two nominations apiece.

The female categories on the other hand, see Michelle Williams recognised by the SAG and HFPA for her enchanting portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, while Carnage co-stars Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet are up against one another for Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical at the Globes. Other actresses to receive nominations from both awards include:  Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs and Viola Davis for The Help.

For the full list of nominations including the television categories, visit the Golden Globes official site here, and the SAG site here.

Catch the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony on 15th January and the 18th Annual The Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) ceremony on 29th January 2012.

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