The Oscar predictions are in full swing as the Golden Globes nominations were announced Thursday morning. The mostly silent comedy The Artist got six nods, topping the number of nominations, and The Descendants, Moneyball, Hugo and The Help all got best-picture nods. George Clooney and Brad Pitt are among the favorites for best actor, while both stars of The Artist were nominated for best performance in a comedy or musical. Boardwalk Empire swept the top TV nominations. Some consider the Golden Globes an important harbinger of the Oscars, but others, like the influential blogger Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, say it's "completely meaningless." The comedian Ricky Gervais, who scandalized Hollywood with his acerbic performance last year, will host the ceremonies again. See the full list here.