The British monarchy tale The King's Speech, which opened the Dubai International Film Festival, led Golden Globe contenders today with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.
Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller Black Swan, the boxing saga The Fighter, the sci-fi blockbuster Inception and the Facebook chronicle The Social Network.
Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy Alice in Wonderland, the song-and-dance extravaganza Burlesque, the lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right, the action tale Red and the romantic thriller The Tourist.
The Social Network and The Fighter tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for The Social Network were Jesse Eisenberg as best dramatic actor, Andrew Garfield as supporting actor and David Fincher as director.
The Fighter earned four acting nominations, best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot for David Russell.
Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedy actor for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist.
Along with Eisenberg, Firth and Wahlberg, best dramatic actor contenders are James Franco for the survival story 127 Hours and Ryan Gosling for the marital tale Blue Valentine.
Nominees for best dramatic actress are Halle Berry for the multiple-personality drama Frankie and Alice, Nicole Kidman for the grieving-parent tale Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime yarn Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.
Along with Fincher and Russell, directing nominees are Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, Tom Hooper for The King's Speech and Christopher Nolan for Inception.
Nolan's sci-fi hit also earned nominations for screenplay and musical score, but its cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, was snubbed for acting slots.
Joel and Ethan Coen's Western True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, was shut out completely.
Joining in the musical or comedy actor race are Paul Giamatti in the curmudgeon chronicle Barney's Version, Jake Gyllenhaal in the romance Love and Other Drugs and Kevin Spacey in the Jack Abramoff saga Casino Jack.
The animation category is filled with blockbusters, led by Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me. The current hit Tangled also made the cut, along with the upcoming French tale The Illusionist.
Glee leads TV contenders with five nominations, including comedy series and acting honors for Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison.
Other TV comedy series picks were 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Modern Family and Nurse Jackie. Drama series nominees were Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men and The Walking Dead.