Firth film leads Golden Globe nods

The King's Speech has taken the lead among Golden Globe contenders with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honours for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Other best drama nominees are psycho-sexual dance thriller Black Swan, boxing saga The Fighter, sci-fi blockbuster Inception and Facebook chronicle The Social Network.

Nominees in the Globes' other best picture category, for musical or comedy, include the Lewis Carroll fantasy Alice In Wonderland, song-and-dance extravaganza Burlesque, lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right, action tale Red and romantic thriller The Tourist.

The Social Network and The Fighter tied for second place 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 honours for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo.

Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedy actor for Alice In Wonderland and The Tourist. Other 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 Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.

Robert De Niro, an eight-time Globe nominee who won a best actor prize there for Raging Bull, will receive the group's Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

Ricky Gervais is returning as host of the Globes ceremony, which takes place in January.

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