In all, The King's Speech garnered the most nods, seven, with The Fighter and The Social Network following with six each.
Johnny Depp received two nominations, for his comedic roles in Tim Burton's summer blockbuster Alice in Wonderland and in this past weekend's box-office disappointment, The Tourist, which also brought a nod to costar Angelina Jolie.
Both those movies are in the running as Best Comedy or Musical Film (though this year there was a noticeable absence of song-and-dance movies). The other nominees are Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right and Red.
Those nominated in the Dramatic Movie category are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech and Social Network.
Blue Valentine costars – at one time both on and off the screen – Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams also both scored acting nominations.
Besides Jolie, comedy actress nominees are Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, for The Kids Are All Right; Anne Hathaway, for Love and Other Drugs; and Emma Stone, for Easy A.
Actor nominees for drama, in addition to Gosling, Franco and Firth, are Jesse Eisenberg as the real-life Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in Social Network, and Mark Wahlberg, as the real-life Mickey Ward in The Fighter.
In the comedy performance race, besides the double dose of Depp, actors nominated are Paul Giamatti, in Barney's Version; Jake Gyllenhaal, in Love and Other Drugs; and Kevin Spacey, in Casino Jack.
Dramatic actress nominees, besides Williams, are Halle Berry, in Frankie and Alice, Nicole Kidman, in Rabbit Hole; and Jennifer Lawrence, for her breakout role in WInter's Bone.
TV CategoriesPast Globe winners, this year's Best Comedy/Musical Series Glee on Fox and AMC's three-time Best Drama Series Mad Men, were again recognized in the TV categories, as was the soon-to-be Steve Carell-less The Office – whose originator, Ricky Gervais, will serve as the emcee at next month's ceremony.
As the funnyman's already threatened: "I'm going to go all out this time. I'm going to make sure they're never going to invite me back!"
In other TV nominations, Sunday night's new habits, AMC's The Walking Dead and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, also scored in the top categories, including Best Drama Series. Boardwalk's leading man, Steve Buscemi was recognized for his dramatic performance. Glee led the field with five nominations, while eight other shows (30 Rock, Dexter, Modern Family and Mad Men, among them), received three each.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment will go to Robert DeNiro. Past winners have been Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese.
NBC will telecast the 68th annual Golden Globes live on both coasts Sunday, Jan. 16. For a complete list of nominations, click here.