The film, about a lonely travelling businessman, is leading the main categories with nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor (Drama) for Clooney, and Best Director for Jason Reitman.
Other big challengers at the January (10) ceremony include movie musical Nine, with five nominations, while Avatar and
Inglourious Basterds both scored four.
Up in The Air will compete in the Best Picture category alongside Avatar and Inglourious Basterds, while war movie The Hurt Locker and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire also gained nods.
Clooney will fight it out for the Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama prize alongside Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Tobey Maguire (Brothers). The Best Actress (Drama) category includes Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire).
The coveted Best Director – Motion Picture prize will be a battle between Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Clint Eastwood (Invictus), Jason Reitman (Up In The Air) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds).
In the Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical category, surprise hit The Hangover will face a challenge from two Meryl Streep movies, It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia, as well as (500) Days Of Summer, and Nine.
Streep has also landed two nominations in the Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or
Musical category for It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia – she will face up to Sandra Bullock (The Proposal), Marion Cotillard (Nine) and Julia Roberts (Duplicity). The male category includes Matt Damon (The Informant!), Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine), Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500) Days Of Summer and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man).
The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by British comic Ricky Gervais, will take place on 17 January (09) in Los Angeles.
The main movie awards categories are as follows:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Up In The Air
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Tobey Maguire – Brothers
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
(500) Days Of Summer
Julie & Julia
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Sandra Bullock – The Proposal
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Julia Roberts – Duplicity
Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Matt Damon – The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis – Nine
Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – (500) Days Of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg – A Serious Man
Best Animated Feature Film
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess And The Frog
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Penelope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’nique – Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Best Director – Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Clint Eastwood – Invictus
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds.