Golden Globe Nominations Announced: Adaptations Take a Stand

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Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"/Photo © 2011 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group; George Clooney in "The Descendants"/Photo © 2011 Fox Searchlight; Emma Stone in "The Help"/Photo © 2011 Dreamworks

The sixty-ninth Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and adaptations have made quite the showing on a substantial portion of the list. Five of the six nominees for Best Motion Picture - Drama are based on books (and the sixth is based on a play), with one of our favorites, "The Descendants" -- based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings -- included in that lot.

Other highlights from the roundup of the year's best: Rooney Mara's performance as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. Clearly, the piercings are paying off. Old friends Brad Pitt and George Clooney have been (forgive us) pitted against each other for the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for their roles in "Moneyball" and "The Descendants," respectively. Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," which was based on Thierry Jonquet's Tarantula and which reunited the director with Antonio Banderas, popped up in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of Sigmund Freud in "A Dangerous Method," based on John Kerr's book, earned him a nom for Best Supporting Actor. Three-time Globe winner Martin Scorsese earned a nod from the Association for Best Director for "Hugo," based on Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. For Best Screenplay, Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and Steve Zaillian's "Moneyball," written by Aaron Sorkin, turned up once again.

In the television roundup, "A Game of Thrones" received a nomination for Best Television Series - Drama, which we're sure thrilled George R. R. Martin fans. "Mildred Pierce" also took a nom for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and the series' star, Kate Winslet, was nominated for her role as the title character. HBO's production of the series, based on James M. Cain's novel, was the story's second adaptation -- the first starred Joan Crawford back in 1945.

Check out the full list of Golden Globe nominations here and then tell us: Any big surprises? Disappointments? We've got our favorites; who do you think will win big at this year's awards ceremony?