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First blood in the star-studded battle that will eventually end at February's Oscars has been struck by the British film industry, after a home-grown costume drama called The King's Speech topped the shortlist for next month's Golden Globe awards, with nominations in seven categories.

Geoffrey Macnab: Selections are bland, timid and baffling

When it comes to the awards season, we are invariably left with just two movies slugging it out against each other for the major honours. Last year, the main bout was The Hurt Locker vs Avatar. This year, if the Golden Globe nominations are an accurate measure, the antagonists will be The King's Speech (seven nominations) and The Social Network (six). It is the stuttering Brits against the Yankee nerds. The battle between them will only finally be resolved on Oscar night in February.

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