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'Babel' Leads Golden Globes Nods

by David Germain


Brad Pitt in 'Babel'

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- The multinational ensemble drama, "Babel" led Golden Globe contenders with seven nominations including best dramatic picture and acting honors for Brad Pitt and Rinko Kikuchi.

Mel Gibson's bloody epic, "Apocalypto" and Clint Eastwood's World War II saga, "Letters from Iwo Jima" were nominated for foreign language Golden Globes on Thursday, December 14 potentially boosting their prospects for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Under Globe rules "Apocalypto" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" were eligible only in the foreign language category, not the best picture category. Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg of "The Departed," Cate Blanchett for "Notes on a Scandal" and Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy of "Dreamgirls" were among supporting acting nominees.

The musical penguin tale, "Happy Feet," the talking autos comedy, "Cars" and the spooky children's flick, "Monster House" were nominated for best animated film of 2006. Also nominated for best dramatic picture: the Robert Kennedy story, "Bobby," the mob tale, "The Departed," the suburban drama, "Little Children" and the royalty-in-crisis, "The Queen."

Film and Television nominees for the 64th annual Globes were announced by actors Matthew Perry, Jessica Biel and Rosario Dawson in an early morning ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

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Golden Globes Nominations Announced

by Brian Lowry


Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsouin in 'Blood Diamond'

Double vision overtook this year's Golden Globe nominations, with Clint Eastwood drawing dual director nods for his matched World War II epics, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," while Leonardo DiCaprio pulled off an equally rare pair for his starring roles in "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond."

Major studios also engineered something of a modest comeback in nominations for the 64th annual Globe Awards announced Thursday morning. In addition to Warner Bros.' "The Departed" in the drama category, 20th Century Fox's "Borat" and "The Devil Wears Prada" snagged bids in the comedy/musical balloting, as did the Paramount/Dreamworks collaboration "Dreamgirls."

Throw in Fox Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking" and the News Corp. units amassed four of five nominees in the comedy field. Toni Collette, another double nominee, was nominated for best actress in a movie comedy or musical for the road-trip romp, "Little Miss Sunshine" and TV supporting actress for "Tsunami: The Aftermath."


Elijah Wood and Lindsey Lohan in a scene from 'Bobby'

Fleshing out the drama voting were "Babel"

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Shines and Snubs for TV Golden Globes


America Ferrera in 'Ugly Betty'

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera was floored, literally, and Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" was flying high after netting Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, December 14.

"My phone rang and I don't get very good telephone service in my house I only get one bar of service on the floor of my bathroom, so I had to crouch down . . . to hear what happened," Ferrera said. "I was so excited and happy."

Hall, whose Dexter is a crime-scene expert with a murderous streak, was soaring. "I'm in New York getting ready to take a vacation to Ireland, so it'll be nice to literally fly, because I'm already kind of flying," he said.


Michael C. Hall in 'Dexter'

Ferrera and Hall, stars of freshman series, weren't the only newcomers on the TV block to catch the eye of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives the Golden Globes. "Heroes," about ordinary folks with superpowers, was nominated for Best Drama Series honors, sharing the category with "24," "Big Love," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost."

Alec Baldwin of the comedy "30 Rock" and Sarah Paulson of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" received acting nods for their new series, both inspired by "Saturday Night Live." But 'Studio 60,' the high-profile drama created by "The West Wing's" Aaron Sorkin that's struggling in the ratings, failed to gain a Best Series bid.

Stars Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry also were snubbed for their 'Studio 60' roles as producers of a late-night comedy show, although Perry was nominated as Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for "The Ron Clark Story."


Edie Falco in 'The Sopranos'

Also overlooked was James Gandolfini of HBO's "The Sopranos," although co-star Edie Falco received a bid. "The Wire," HBO's critically acclaimed inner-city drama that fails to grab Hollywood trophies, was bypassed, too. "The Path to 9/11," an ABC miniseries that ignited fierce protests over its depiction of the Clinton administration's anti-terrorism policies, was ignored as well.

But "Broken Trail" made a big splash with three nominations, including acting nods for Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church and a Best Movie or Miniseries bid. The Golden Globe nominations are AMC's first.

Besides "Ugly Betty," about an unchic young woman working at a glam fashion magazine, nominees in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Series were "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "The Office" and "Weeds."


Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'

"I will probably toast my writing staff with Diet Coke and we'll spend about 10 minutes talking about it and then we'll just jump back into work," said "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. "You only get a couple seconds to enjoy the show-biz glow of it all before you have to get back to what they're paying you for."

Ferrera's competition in the category of Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy includes Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives," Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and Mary-Louise Parker for "Weeds."

"That was the best 5:20 a.m. wake-up call I have ever had," Louis-Dreyfus said after the early morning Globe announcement. "Now all I need is the gown, a spray tan and some Botox and I'll be gold."


Marcia Cross in 'Desperate Housewives'

Said Cross: "I really don't know how to tell you how grateful I am, with a baby coming, a new husband and now a Golden Globe nomination. I'm very blessed."

Actresses nominated for a Drama Series besides Falco were Patricia Arquette for "Medium," Evangeline Lilly for "Lost," Ellen Pompeo for "Grey's Anatomy" and Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer."

Joining Hall as Best Drama Series nominees were Patrick Dempsey for "Grey's Anatomy," Hugh Laurie for "House," Bill Paxton for "Big Love" and Kiefer Sutherland for "24."


Zach Braff in 'Scrubs'

In Musical or Comedy Series category, the nominees besides Baldwin were Zach Braff for "Scrubs," Steve Carell for "The Office," Jason Lee for "My Name is Earl" and Tony Shalhoub for "Monk."

The Golden Globe movie nods, also announced the same day, are seen as a potential bellwether for the Academy Awards that follow. The Globe TV nominations, which come after the Emmy Awards, don't carry the same forecasting potential but can raise the profile of a well-reviewed show in need of an audience.

HBO was the Golden Globes leader, with 14 nominations, while CBS managed only a single bid, for Louis-Dreyfus. The Golden Globe ceremony is Monday, January 15. The Oscars will be presented Sunday, February 25.

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Backstage Notes


Golden Globes Winners Weigh In

by Justin Chang and David S. Cohen


America Ferrera

Looking anything but ugly, America Ferrera said she felt liberated by the role of "Ugly Betty." Ferrera explained, "You know, when I jump into this character, I really feel comfortable. I'm not concerned (about) if I'm looking OK and what I'm wearing. If I've gained a pound or lost a pound or have food in my teeth, it all works for the show, so it's great."

The other cast and crew of the Globe-winning ABC comedy proved slightly more appearance-conscious backstage, taking turns announcing who they were wearing. Executive producer Salma Hayek declared "Christine Dior."


Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx

The "Dreamgirls" pep squad was in full force backstage, with no one more enthusiastic than co-star Jamie Foxx. "How great was this movie? How great was Jennifer Hudson? How great was Eddie Murphy?" the thespian crowed. "I'm so happy that it won best picture. That's the page I'm on tonight."

Producer Laurence Mark bristled at the suggestion that the musical didn't "have enough gas" to make it through award season. "Look at this gas here!" he said, gesturing toward Hudson and Beyonce Knowles. "There's gas for days! Gas for days!"


Sandra Oh and Shonda Rhimes

"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes denied that she rules the show with an iron fist. "I rule with a diamond fist," she said with a grin after showing off the huge diamond she wore to the show. Did she think about what it might mean for an African-American woman to collect the Best Drama Series Globe on Martin Luther King day?

Rhimes commented, "It didn't run through our minds that we would win tonight. I've been telling the entire cast that we shouldn't win tonight so they should drink a lot of champagne and have a good time. I don't think we thought about it until we were on our way up to there."


Sacha Baron Cohen

Very much out of character, actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen spelled it out backstage for those viewers who didn't get the premise of the film, "Borat" or the character itself.

"The movie is mocking Borat's beliefs. All his beliefs seem laughable -- whether he's homophobic or misogynistic or anti-Semitic, they're all seen as forms of delusion," he said. "He doesn't just think Jews are good with money, he thinks they can change their shape into little insects. And the point of that is to show that all prejudice is ridiculous."

Cohen wasn't all serious, though, elaborating on his spectacularly grotesque acceptance speech about filming the nude wrestling scene.

"There was a little sign that I was going to show (director) Larry Charles, which was that when I ran out of air when Ken was sitting on my face, I would tap on the bed three times," he said. "But Larry was so engrossed . . . he didn't notice I was dying under Ken's anus."


Laurence Mark

Some 25 years after "Dreamgirls" premiered on Broadway, producer Laurence Mark credited writer-director Bill Condon with making the movie possible. Mark stated, "(He) who wrote the script that said this has to be a movie."

"Then it was the cast coming together, Mark continued. "I don't think that there's been a better cast for this movie in the last 25 years. Then, at the 11th hour Jennifer Hudson came along. Thank god for Jennifer Hudson."

Was he ever worried about casting a tyro in the part? "The thing about Jennifer Hudson is she brings a certain authenticity to the role, she knows who Effie is," and besides, he added. "You can see from 'Gods and Monsters' and 'Kinsey' that he has a way with performers. With someone like BC on the case, hire a neophyte and he'll get the goods out of her."


Warren Beatty

"You think about your movies the way you think about your children, you never have a failure," said Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner Warren Beatty, after watching a reel of his career highlights. "I don't have favorite movies. I have some movies that I think are not very good, but I don't talk about 'em."

Beatty said flatly that he won't run for office and he isn't ready to announce a new project. "I don't work very often, but I never did. I had an opportunity to live outside the movies. That's another way of saying I've been able to be self-indulgent, and have a good time."

Beatty continued, "I'm having an experience with a 6-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old. It's not on television. It's fully engaging. It's, what's the word, transcendent," he said, adding "I waited a . . . tasteful length of time."

Of his subdued reaction on getting the kudo, he said "When you know that you're on camera, you kind of suppress it. Then you go home and sob."


Jeremy Irons

After "Eragon" and "Elizabeth I," Supporting Actor winner Jeremy Irons said he was looking forward to getting back to contempo roles.

"We rely on what people ask us to do. I push a few projects of my own forward, but basically people ask you do to things and you say yes or no. Lately it's been fantasy, or crusaders, or Shakespeare. Maybe it's the beard," he added. "Maybe I should take the beard off."


Clint and Dina Eastwood

"Now that I'm a foreign director, I've got to learn some languages," said Clint Eastwood, admitting he needed plenty of help while directing the Japanese-language WWII drama, "Letters From Iwo Jima." Eastwood clarified, "I knew one or two words, but I had really good interpreters."

Eastwood said the experience reminded him of working with Sergio Leone in classic Westerns like "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Eastwood explained, "(Leone) could say hello and I could say 'arrivederci.' Between the two of us and a lot of hand signals, we got by."

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Backstage Notes -- Continued


Golden Globes Winners Weigh In

by Justin Chang and David S. Cohen


Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin wore a puzzle-piece pin on his lapel, supporting autism research, at the request of NBCU's Bob Strauss. "When Bob Strauss asks you to wear something," said Baldwin, "I would have worn a hubcap on my lapel."

For the ever outspoken liberal, it has been "exhilarating" to play a conservative executive who flies to Dubai, possibly to have sex with Condoleeza Rice. The character's hard edges jibe with many of Baldwin's past roles.

However, Baldwin remarked jokingly, "When you do a job, everybody offers you the same job over and over again. I've said my dream job is to recreate 'Little House on the Prairie' and recreate the Michael Landon role."

As for his relationship with NBC and its parent company, he said he hasn't been gifted with any appliances yet but "I'm going to build a new house next year and it'll be completely GE, everything, from head to toe."


Helen Mirren

Though she certainly has a knack for playing queens, "Elizabeth I" star Helen Mirren gave a ribald dismissal to the idea that her blood runs blue. "I'm an Essex girl," she said, quipping, "You know how you know if an Essex girl has an orgasm? She drops her fries."

Though she's reigned over award season so far, Mirren said she had no expectations about the future. "One thing being a little bit older has taught me is you just don't expect anything. Love it when it comes to you, enjoy it, celebrate it, but never expect it."


Singer Michael Buble escorts Golden Globe-

winning girlfriend, Emily Blunt

"Gideon's Daughter" Supporting Actress Emily Blunt proved blunt indeed backstage, as the double nominee admitted she knew she wasn't going to win the Globe for "The Devil Wears Prada."

"I saw Jennifer Hudson in 'Dreamgirls,' who just tore up the screen," said the Brit thesp. "When I saw Jennifer, my friend turned to me in the cinema and was like,

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