LOS ANGELES (AFP) - French-directed silent film The Artist garnered six nominations Thursday for the Golden Globes to lead the field as Hollywood gears up for its annual awards season. Tied for second were The Help, about black servants in the pre-civil rights era US south, and The Descendants starring George Clooney, both nominated in five categories for the Globes, to be presented next month. Clooney-directed political thriller The Ides of March garnered four Globes nods, as did Woody Allens Midnight in Paris and baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. On the small screen, most nominations went to Emmy-winning British period drama Downton Abbey with four nods, while other top nominees included HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, NBCs 30 Rock and Foxs Glee. The Golden Globe winners will be announced on January 15, in a show hosted for a third time by provocative British comic Ricky Gervais, invited back despite allegedly ruffling feathers at last years show. They are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), whose president Aida Takla-OReilly called Gervais a naughty, naughty schoolboy at Thursdays announcement to bleary-eyed journalists at 5:30 am in Los Angeles. The Artist, a black-and-white tribute to the silent movie era, was nominated for categories including best comedy or music film, best comedy or music actor, best supporting actress, and best director. The movie by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius had already created a buzz after winning best film and best director at the New York Film Critics Circle two weeks ago.