Whatever you might think of them, with this morning's announcements of the Golden Globe nominees the awards season officially kicked into gear. What exactly the Hollywood Foreign Press's 2011 nominations mean—The Artist, The Descendants and The Help lead the film pack while Downton Abbey, Mildred Pierce, and Boardwalk Empire lead the TV noms—is debatable considering some of the predictably odd choices in this years group (i.e., American Horror Story gets a nom for Best TV Series but Breaking Bad did not). So the real question now is, without Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp to kick around, who will returning host Ricky Gervais decide to decimate this year?

Alec Baldwin seems a bit obvious to knock, and by the time the awards ceremony hits on January 15 his American Airlines incident will be pretty far in the past. While Gervais does like to go risque we're not sure that even he, master of uncomfortable humor that he is, is going to want to delve too deep into the racism jokes that The Help lends itself to. Award-magnet Kate Winslet, who is nominated for best actress for Mildred Pierce and Carnage, will certainly get some good natured ribbing but if we were Mitt Romney, we'd bet $10,000 that Gervais is going to make more than a few jokes about American's obsession with the British and their fusty stories. And if that means we can see him teasing both Meryl Streep (nominated for playing Margaret Thatcher) and Maggie Smith (nominated for Downton Abbey) in one evening, well, watching a bunch of Hollywood types get drunk together might actually be worth it.

Meanwhile, Here's the full list of nominations:

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA“The Descendants,” ‘’The Help,” ‘’Hugo,” ‘’The Ides of March,” ‘’Moneyball,” ‘’War Horse.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - 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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Leonard DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”; Michael Fassbender, “Shame”; Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball.”

BEST MOTION PICTURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL 
“50/50,” ‘’The Artist,” ‘’Bridesmaids,” ‘’Midnight in Paris,” ‘’My Week with Marilyn.”

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL 
Jodie Foster, “Carnage”; Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”; Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”; Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”; Kate Winslet, “Carnage.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - 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 ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 
“The Adventures of Tintin,” ‘’Arthur Christmas,” ‘’Cars 2,” ‘’Puss in Boots,” ‘’Rango.”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
“The Flowers of War,” ‘’In the Land of Blood and Honey,” ‘’The Kid with a Bike,” ‘’A Separation,” ‘’The Skin I Live In.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE 
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”; Jessica Chastain, “The Help”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”; Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE 
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”; Albert Brooks, “Drive”; Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”; Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE 
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; George Clooney, Grand Heslov, Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”; Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball.”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE 
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”; Abel Korzeniowski, “W.E.”; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”; Howard Shore, “Hugo”; John Williams, “War Horse.”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE 
“Hello Hello” (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin), “Gnomeo & Juliet”; “The Keeper” (music and lyrics by Chris Cornell), “Machine Gun Preacher”; “Lay Your Head Down” (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close), “Albert Nobbs”; “The Living Proof” (music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas), “The Help”; “Masterpiece” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), “W.E.”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA 
“American Horror Story” (FX); “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); “Boss” (Starz); “Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA 
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime); Mireille Enos, “The Killing” (AMC); Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS); Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge” (ABC); Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness” (USA)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA 
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC); Kelsey Grammer, “Boss” (Starz); Jeremy Irons, “Borgias” (Showtime); Damian Lewis “Homeland” (Showtime)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL 
“Enlightened” (HBO); “Episodes” (Showtime); “Glee” (Fox); “Modern Family” (ABC); “New Girl” (Fox)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL 
Laura Dern, “Enlightened” (HBO); Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl” (Fox); Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC); Laura Linney, “The Big C” (Showtime); Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL 
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” (NBC); David Duchovny, “Californication” (Showtime); Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS); Thomas Jane, “Hung” (HBO); Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION 
“Cinema Verite” (HBO); “Downton Abbey” (PBS); “The Hour” (BBC America); “Mildred Pierce” (HBO); “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION 
Romola Garai, “The Hour” (BBC America); Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite” (HBO); Elisabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey” (PBS); Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult” (Sundance); Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey” (PBS); Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America); William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO); Bill Nighy, “Page Eight” (BBC America); Dominic West, “The Hour” (BBC America)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION 
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” (FX); Kelly MacDonald, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS); Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” (ABC); Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION 
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO); Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO); Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO); Tim Robbins, “Cinema Verite” (HBO); Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (ABC)