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.
(Originally published Dec. 14, 2010, at 6:14 a.m. PT)