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Russell Barnes
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The Golden Globes Best Movie Drama nominees represent the best of the best when it comes to dramatic films. Some of the movies that win the Golden Globe for best dramatic motion picture also go on to get Academy Award nominations as well (2008's 'Slumdog Millionaire,' 2003's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' and 2001's 'A Beautiful Mind' are all examples). All total, five films are nominated in the Golden Globes' Best Movie Drama category, with winners chosen by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). 2012's nominees were Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," the civil rights drama "the Help," Martin Scorsese's 3D "Hugo," George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and the baseball chronicle "Moneyball." The winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Movie Drama was "The Descendants."

Earning a Golden Globe nomination for best motion picture drama may also give the movie a boost at the box office and increase buzz, resulting in more moviegoers getting to see it. Past winners in this category include some movie heavyweights, including 'The Social Network,' 'Atonement,' 'Gladiator,' 'Titanic' and 'Brokeback Mountain.'

Originally, the Golden Globes nominated all drama and comedy/musical films in one main category: Best Motion Picture. That changed, however, in the 1950s, when the categories were split. The first movie to win a Golden Globe for best motion picture was Billy Wilder's film noir classic 'Sunset Boulevard.' Winning nominees and movies in this category are considered by many to be among the greatest films of all time, including 'On The Waterfront,' 'Ben-Hur,' 'Chinatown' and 'The Godfather.'

Dramatic movies offer us an escape from reality, plunging us into fictional worlds that intrigue us and keep us thinking about the story - long after the films end. The Golden Globes Best Movie Drama nominees represent cinematic excellence!