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Golden Globes 2012 Live Blog: Winners, Red Carpet Photos, Ricky Gervais

The stars are decked out in rented clothing and jewelry, publicists are having panic attacks and Ricky Gervais is aiming to make Hollywood therapists richer than ever. The 2012 Golden Globes have arrived.

Follow along with our live blog for all the news, gossip and headlines, and below, read about some of the most intriguing match ups. You can also click over to check out the complete list of nominees, enjoy a week's worth of party photos, and laugh at some surprising shots of your favorite TV nominees long before they were actually TV stars. You can also check out the best (and worst!) of the red carpet here.

With no obvious frontrunners, and a plethora of big names nominated, it figures to be a competitive and surprising ceremony -- and that's just when it comes to winners.

Best friends Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") and George Clooney ("The Descendants") lead the pack vying for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama; Leonardo Di Caprio ("J. Edgar") is also nominated, to help make it an absolutely star-studded category. Meanwhile, a silent film ("The Artist") looks to fend off a Woody Allen hit ("Midnight in Paris") and a movie that features women passing their bowels in the street ("Bridesmaids") in the Best Motion Picture Comedy or Drama category.

The brilliant Octavia Spencer, who played an domestic servant, and the breakout darling Jessica Chastain, who played her generous employer, are both up for Best Supporting Actress for their work in "The Help." Meanwhile, their co-star Viola Davis hopes to pip Meryl Streep, who played controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." And then there's the comedy category, where Michelle Williams hopes to win an award for her own iconic impersonation, having played Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."

One of the usual suspects for Best TV Series Drama, "Mad Men" is out this year, opening up the opportunity for HBO to take back the throne, with either "Boardwalk Empire" or "Game of Thrones." And "Modern Family" hopes to defend its crown in the comedy category, though "Louie" is the underground choice.