By Dave Karger
Updated December 14, 2010 at 03:49 PM EST
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Image Credit: Laurie SparhamAs always, the Golden Globe nominations featured their fair share of expected results and head scratchers. Here are my top five of each in the movie categories.

SURE THINGS

1. The King’s Speech tops the list The Social Network may be the critical favorite, but the delightful British drama led the pack with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, scoring seven nominations. Is this a trophy a movie other than Social Network can actually win? Quite possibly.

2. The Social Network continues its momentum With six nominations, it tied for second place overall. We really have a two-horse race on our hands here.

3. Big stars dominated Nicole Kidman, Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Douglas were all nominated. Oh, and Johnny Depp again.

4. A decent showing for Burlesque The HPFA loves a splashy musical even when the critics don’t. And they only had one to choose from this year. Hence a Best Picture nomination and two Best Song nods.

5. The Kids Are All Right returns A Best Picture nomination and recognition for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (finally!) give the indie comedy a much-needed boost.

SURPRISES

1. Six nominations for The Fighter! The rousing boxing drama tied with The Social Network for second place overall, scoring nods for all four of its lead cast members, including Mark Wahlberg. It’s looking more and more like a real player.

2. True Grit gets blanked True, the HFPA doesn’t worship the Coen brothers like the Academy does. But for their star-studded Western to be completely blanked is an eye-opener.

3. Only one nod for The Town I thought Ben Affleck’s rollicking crime drama would have a shot at Best Picture or Best Director. But only supporting actor Jeremy Renner made the cut. I’m still optimistic for its chances at an Oscar nod.

4. 127 Hours left out of Best Picture and Best Director Danny Boyle’s acclaimed film scored three nominations but was left out of the two main races. Could the movie be in just a little bit of trouble?

5. The Tourist for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress? Next.

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