– As no surprise to anyone, Viola Davis is up Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her role in “The Help.” This nomination comes on the heels of Davis being nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and being honored with Best Actress of 2011 by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) earlier this week.
– Octavia Spencer is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) as Minny Jackson in “The Help.” Spencer was also nominated Wednesday morning for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and was honored by the AAFCA for Best Supporting Actress.
– “The Help” will try its hand at winning Best Motion Picture against “The Descendants,” “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball” and “War Horse.” The film is also up for Best Original Song (“The Living Proof”).
– Idris Elba has been nominated for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his role in “Luther.”
– Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. Demille Award for his lifetime achievements in the entertainment industry. Past honorees include Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson.
The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards air Jan. 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC
Congratulations to all the nominees!