(CBS/AP) – The British monarchy tale “The King’s Speech” led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller “Black Swan,” the boxing saga “The Fighter,” the sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” and the Facebook chronicle “The Social Network.”

Nominees in the Globes’ other best-picture category, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy “Alice in Wonderland,” the song-and-dance extravaganza “Burlesque,” the lesbian-family tale “The Kids Are All Right,” the action tale “Red” and the romantic thriller “The Tourist.”

“The Social Network” and “The Fighter” tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for “The Social Network” were Jesse Eisenberg as best dramatic actor, Andrew Garfield as supporting actor and David Fincher as director.

“The Fighter” earned four acting nominations, best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot for David O. Russell.

Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedy actor for “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.”

Along with Eisenberg, Firth and Wahlberg, best dramatic actor contenders are James Franco for the survival story “127 Hours” and Ryan Gosling for the marital tale “Blue Valentine.”

Nominees for best dramatic actress are Halle Berry for the multiple-personality drama “Frankie and Alice,” Nicole Kidman for the grieving-parent tale “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime yarn “Winter’s Bone,” Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine.”

Hollywood’s second-highest film honors, the Globes traditionally were a solid weather vane for predicting which film might triumph at the Academy Awards. But the Globes have provided murky forecasts in recent times. In the last six years, only a single recipient of one of the Globe best-film prizes has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars – 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire.”

That came after a stretch of eight-straight years when a Globe winner in either the dramatic or musical-comedy category went on to claim the best-picture Oscar.

Like the Globes, the Oscars will feature 10 best-picture nominees, but in a single category, after academy overseers doubled the number of contenders so a broader range of films could compete.

With two acclaimed dramas – the British monarchy tale “The King’s Speech” and the Facebook story “The Social Network” – considered front-runners this time, there are prospects of another divergent year between the Globes and the Oscars, whose nominations come out Jan. 25, nine days after the Globes are presented.

“The Social Network” already has snagged two key prizes as both Los Angeles and New York film critics groups picked it as the year’s best movie. The National Board of Review, a group of film historians, educators and students, also picked “The Social Network” as best of the year.

The Globes and Oscars typically line up better on acting winners. Last year, “Avatar” won best drama at the Globes and “The Hurt Locker” took best picture at the Oscars. But all four Oscar acting recipients – Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart,” Mo’Nique for “Precious” and Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” – also won prizes at the Globes first.

Clear favorites have emerged this season for best actor (Firth in “The King’s Speech”) and supporting actor (Bale in “The Fighter”).

Musical or comedy actress nominee Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right” and Portman for “Black Swan” could wind up in a two-woman race for best actress at the Oscars, while the supporting-actress category is up for grabs among prospects that include Adams and Leo for “The Fighter,” Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech” and 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit.”

No matter how the two awards shows line up on winners, the stars generally can count on a good time at the Globes, a more laid-back, dinner-and-drinks affair than the stately Oscars.

The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 critics and reporters for overseas outlets. Actors Katie Holmes, Blair Underwood and Josh Duhamel will announce nominees.

Robert De Niro, an eight-time Globe nominee who won a best-actor prize there for “Raging Bull,” will receive the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

The Golden Globe Nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Tourist”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Hallie Berry, “Frankie and Alice”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”
Mark Wahlberg ,”The Fighter”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Anna Hathaway, “Love and Other Drugs”
Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist”
Emma Stone, “Easy A”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Johnny Depp, “Alice in Wonderland”
Johnny Depp, Deppy Toyurist
Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love and Other Drugs”
Kevin Spacey, “Casino Jack”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo, The Fighter”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”
Mila Kunis, “Black Swan”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Michael Douglas, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy, “127 Hours”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Lisa Choldenko & Stuart Blumberg, “The Kids Are All Right”
David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Despicable Me
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
A.R. Rahman, “127 Hours”
Danny Elfman, “Alice in Wonderland”
Hans Zimmer, “Inception”
Alexandre Desplat, “The King’s Speech”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Bound to You,” from “Burlesque” (Music by Samuel Dixon; Lyrics by Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler)
“Coming Home,” from “Country Strong” (Music & Lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges)
“I See the Light,” from “Tangled” (Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” from “Burlesque” (Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren)
“There’s a Place for Us,” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (Music & Lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey)

Best Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful,” Mexico/Spain
“The Concert,” France
“The Edge,” Russia
“I Am Love,” Italy
“In a Better World,” Denmark

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“The Big C” (Showtime)
“Glee” (Fox)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

Best Television Series – Drama
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“The Walking Dead” (AMC)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Carlos,” Sundance Channel
“The Pacific,” HBO
“Temple Grandin,” HBO
“You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO
“Pillars of the Earth,” Starz

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Laura Linney, “The Big C”
Lea Michele, “Glee.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Thomas Jane, “Hung”
Matthew Morrison, “Glee”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jullianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Elizabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Piper Perabo, “Covert Affairs”
Katie Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy”
Kyra Sedgewick, “The Closer”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
John Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Mini-series
Hayley Atwell, “Pillars of the Earth”
Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”
Judi Dench, “Return to Cranford”
Romola Garai, “Emma”
Jennifer Love Hewitt, “The Client List”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie
Idris Alba, “Luther”
Ian McShane, “Pillars of the Earth”
Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack”
Dennis Quaid, “The Special Relationship”
Edward Ramirez, “Carlos”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hope Davis, “The Speical Relationship”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Kelly McDonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Julia Stiles, “Dexter”
Sofia Veragara, “Modern Family”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Scott Caan, “Hawaii 5-0”
Chris Colfer, “Glee”
Chris Noth, “The Good Wife”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
David Strathern, “Temple Grandin”

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast-to-coast Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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