Yes, Golden Globe voters love them some movie stars.
A look at how the film categories shaped up at today's nominations announcement:
Jolie was a gasp-inducing nominee for Comedy or Musical Actress for The Tourist, which, frankly, we didn't know was a comedy. (Maybe it's a musical?) She's up against potential Oscar candidates Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, both from The Kids Are All Right, Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) and happy-surprise Emma Stone, who charmed in Easy A.
If you think like the Hollywood Foreign Press thinks—i.e., Stars! Stars! Stars!—then Berry's Drama Actress nod for the obscure Frankie & Alice is not a surprise.
Berry's competition includes fellow marquee names Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), but also 20-year-old Bill Engvall Show grad Jennifer Lawrence and indie fave Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine). Conventional wisdom says all but Berry could rate Oscar nods.
Depp picked up two nominations in the occasionally goofy Comedy or Musical division, where he's up for Best Actor for Alice in Wonderland (totally expected) and The Tourist (um, totally not). Jake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs), Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack) and Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version) round out the category. None are considered heavy favorites to pick up Oscar nominations.
There was nothing at all goofy about the Drama Actor category. There, Oscar frontrunner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) faces legit contenders in The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg, 127 Hours' James Franco, Blue Valentine's Ryan Gosling and The Fighter's Mark Wahlberg.
Key nominations from the supporting categories, include: sentimental favorite Michael Douglas, up for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Mila Kunis, rewarded for holding her own against Portman in Black Swan; and, Spider-Man-to-be Andrew Garfield, up for playing one of Facebook's founders in The Social Network.
More factoids and observations:
• Was there a Ronni Chasen factor at play? Films and stars associated with the slain Hollywood publicist, including Burlesque, Douglas, songwriter Diane Warren (up for a Voyage of the Dawn Treader track) and composer Hans Zimmer (up for Inception's score), had a very good day.
• Cher didn't personally get nominted for Burlesque, but Aguilera did—she's up in Original Song for her soundtrack contribution, "Bound to You."
• Burlesque notched its third and final nomination for the Original Song contender, "Coming Home."
• Carrie Underwood's yet another bold-faced player in Original Song, where she's nominated for cowriting the Tangled tune, "There's a Place for Us."
• 127 Hours got three big nominations (for Franco, screenplay and score), but missed out on Motion Picture Drama and Director. Similarly, Black Swan's and The Figher's scorecard was incomplete, as they both missed out on screenplay nods.
(Originally published Dec. 14, 2010, at 6:14 a.m. PT)