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Dominic West and Romola Garai, Golden Globe nominees for 'The Hour'

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and there was a veritable buffet of mentions for Brits, including some faces familiar to viewers of BBC America’s Dramaville lineup. Luther‘s Idris Elba and The Hour‘s Dominic West were nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, while West’s Hour co-star Romola Garai grabbed a nod for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie. For Elba, it’s his second straight nomination.

The Hour, an elegant thriller set in a newsroom in 1950s Britain, was also nominated for Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, where it faces another Brit period drama, Downton Abbey.

Also, former Hex star Michael Fassbender, snubbed yesterday by the Screen Actors Guild, boasted a Best Actor Drama nomination for his role in the sex-addiction study Shame.

The Best Actor in Miniseries or TV Movie category, featuring Elba and West, features the most British nominees (four, including Downton‘s Hugh Bonneville and Page Eight‘s Bill Nighy). The only Yank? William Hurt, from HBO’s Too Big to Fail.

Kate Winslet can claim two nominations, a Miniseries actress nod for her already Emmy-winning performance in Mildred Pierce and another for Best Actress in Film, Comedy for Carnage.

Things are looking grim for Vanessa Redgrave‘s Oscar chances for Coriolanus: both SAG and the Globes overlooked the two-time Oscar winner’s critically-acclaimed supporting performance. And Steven Spielberg did not get a Best Director nomination for the Brit-filled War Horse.

Here’s a full list of nominees:

Best Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Comedy/Musical
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best TV Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Kelsey Grammer, Boss

TV Movie or Miniseries
The Hour
Downton Abbey
Cinema Verite
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

Best Actor – TV Movie or Miniseries
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Actress – TV Movie or Miniseries
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, TV-Movie Or Miniseries
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, TV Series, TV-Movie Or Miniseries
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Screenplay
Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants

Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2

Best Foreign Film
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Flowers of War
The Skin I Live In
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation

Best Original Song
The Help
Albert Nobbs
Machine Gun Preacher
Gnomeo and Juliet

Best Score
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
The Artist

Which nominees were you delighted to see? Which nominations or snubs really annoy you?

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.