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Clooney and Gosling up for Globes

Steven Spielberg's epic War Horse has been nominated for best drama at the Golden Globes, while The Ides Of March co-stars George Clooney and Ryan Gosling will battle it out for a gong in the best actor category.

Meanwhile The Artist, a tribute to silent-era films, leads the running with six nods at the awards which are seen as a pointer for possible Oscar success.

Tied for second-place in the nominations are the 1960s tale The Help and The Descendants. Both films are up for best drama, with George receiving a best dramatic actor nod for his portrayal of a dad trying to reconnect with his daughters in The Descendants, and The Help earning acting slots for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.

For the acting prize, George - who is up for directing and screenplay for The Ides of March - will compete against Ryan, who has a second nomination for best musical or comedy actor for the romance Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Glenn Close also is a dual contender, as best dramatic actress for Irish drama Albert Nobbs and for best song for penning lyrics to its theme tune, Lay Your Head Down.

The awards, organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be held on January 15 and will again be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Tilda Swinton is nominated for best actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin, while Meryl Streep gets a nod for playing former prime minister Lady Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Kenneth Branagh is nominated for the supporting actor award for his role as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn.

He said: "I am thrilled... It was an honour to be asked to play such an iconic actor and an even greater honour to receive this kind of support for my performance."

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