Silent movie The Artist topped nominations on Thursday for the Golden Globes, with six nominations for the awards to be presented in Los Angeles next month.
Tied for second were The Help, about black servants in the pre-civil rights era US south, and The Descendants starring George Clooney, which were both nominated in five categories.
Clooney-directed political drama The Ides of March garnered four Globes nods, as did Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt.
On the small screen, top nominees included HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, NBC's 30 Rock and Fox's Glee.
The Artist, a black-and-white tribute to the silent movie era, was nominated for categories including best comedy or music film, best comedy or music actor, best supporting actress, and best director.
The movie by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius had already created a buzz after being nominated for best film and best director by the New York Film Critics Circle two weeks ago.
Distributed by The Weinberg Company -- a veteran Oscar-backer which produced last year's best film The King's Speech -- it tells the story of silent film star George Valentin whose career is torpedoed by the arrival of the "talkies."
As his fortunes plummet, a young dancer and actress who initially idolizes him -- Peppy Miller, who catches his eye, and heart -- is on her way up to Hollywood stardom in the new movies-with-sound era.
The Help won the most nominations -- four -- on Wednesday for the Screen Actors Guild awards, which along with the Globes are seen as a key indicator to success in the all-important Oscars.