Silence is golden for the Globes

France leads the way in nominations for film awards that give pointers to Oscars

16 December 2011

FRANCE is leading the way in the Golden Globe nominations with silent film The Artist at the front with six.

The film is nominated as best musical or comedy and French lead Jean Dujardin is up for best actor, French director Michel Havanavicius is up for directing and screenplay nominations, and his wife Bérénice Bejo is nominated for supporting actress. French composer Ludovic Bource has also been nominated for the score.

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Martin Scorsese's Hugo which is set in a Paris station, both have nominations along with Steven Spielberg's First World War War Horse and - at a stretch for a French link - his animated The Adventures of Tintin. Roman Polanski's Carnage, which the French-based director shot outside Paris, has best actress nominations for Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet.

Globes winners become front runners for the Oscars and The Artist - featuring Jean Dujardin as a tap-dancing silent-film star on the slide as the first "talkies" arrive - could be the first silent movie to win since 1928. It won him the best actor prize at Cannes this year.

War Horse is up for best drama as is Midnight in Paris which stars Marion Cotillard and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

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