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'The King's Speech' Leads Golden Globes Nominations

Actor Blair Underwood, left, announces nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards as fellow presenters Josh Duhamel, second from right, and Katie Holmes look on in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 14 Dec 2010

A 1930s-era movie about the British monarchy leads in nominations for the Golden Globes, a high-profile Hollywood award that recognizes the year's best achievements in film and television.

The King's Speech depicts the man with a stuttering problem who reluctantly became King George VI of Britain. The seven nominations for the film include Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

The dramas The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg as American boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and The Social Network, about the creation of Facebook, tied for second with each receiving six nominations, including Best Drama.

For television, Glee, a popular American show that focuses on students who perform in a high school glee club, leads the nominees with five nods, including Best Television Series for a comedy or musical.

The Golden Globes, presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are considered second in prestige only to the Academy Awards and are often viewed as a barometer for movies and actors who will be favored to win Oscars.

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles. The awards will be presented January 16 during an event that will be broadcast live in more than 160 countries.

The non-profit Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of 90 members who cover the entertainment industry throughout the world.

The organization uses the awards as a fundraising event for entertainment-related charities. Last year, the awards allowed the association to donate $1.2 million to fund scholarships and other programs.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.