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Golden Globes Race Begins

by Marc Graser


Actor Michael Sheen (left) as David Frost interviews Best Actor Golden Globe

Nominee Frank Langella (right) portraying Richard Nixon in 'Frost/Nixon'

It will be a battle of "Frost/Nixon" versus "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at the Golden Globes, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominating both pictures in the top film categories, including picture, director, actor, screenplay and score.

"The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" rounded out the drama category, with each picture landing four overall nominations. While "Doubt" wound up with five nominations, its top categories are for actress Meryl Streep, supporting actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, supporting actress Amy Adams and screenplay.

The television category was dominated by HBO, which walked away with 22 noms, mainly for "In Treatment," which netted the most nods among series with five, including best drama, actor, supporting actor and actress. "Entourage," "True Blood," movie "Recount" and mini-series "John Adams" and "Bernard and Doris" also stood out for the pay cable station.


Golden Globe Award-nominated for Best Actress Tina Fey and

Best Actor Alec Baldwin in '30 Rock'

Among broadcasters, NBC received the most nominations with six; "30 Rock" and "The Office" facing off in the best comedy and actor categories. "Entourage," "30 Rock" and AMC's "Mad Men" each received three nominations. "True Blood" was the only new series to receive nominations, recognized for drama series and actress.

The Globes, chosen by the 80-plus members of the HFPA, have evolved into a bellwether for the Academy Awards. But with nominations spread out across 31 films, this year's become yet another open race for Hollywood.

Comedies were well represented on the film front, with James Franco nominated for his stoner role in "Pineapple Express" and "Tropic Thunder" landing Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. each a nod for their supporting roles.

"Mamma Mia!" "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" made up the comedy or musical category. "Wall-E," "Bolt" and "Kung Fu Panda" received the top animated nominations.


Actor Heath Kedger received a posthumous Golden Globe Award

nomination for Best Actor as The Joker in 'The Dark Knight'

With Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie nominated, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Colin Farrell, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway, Cruise, Downey Jr., and Streep, stars will once again be well-represented during the kudocast.

Heath Ledger also landed a supporting actor nom for his role as The Joker in "The Dark Knight." In a statement, Ledger's family said, "We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring Heath's performance in 'The Dark Knight.' This nomination is deeply appreciated and is not lost on those of us who continue to love and miss him. We are so proud that our boy's work is being recognized in this way."

Generating the most nominations among the studios was Warner Bros. with 11, however when combining Universal Pictures and Focus Features, NBC Universal received 15 nominations. Among the smaller distributors, the Weinstein Co. was able to land eight nominations, half of which went to the Woody Allen-helmed comedy, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

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66th Annual Golden Globe Awards
(winners appear highlighted in red)

And the nominees are . . .
Motion Picture

Best Feature -- Drama
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures

Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Studio Canal
Universal Pictures

"The Reader"
Mirage Enterprises
The Weinstein Company

"Revolutionary Road"
An Evamere Entertainment BBC Films Neal Street Production
DreamWorks Pictures in Association with BBC Films and Paramount Vantage

"Slumdog Millionaire"
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.

Best Actress in a Drama
Anne Hathaway ~ "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie ~ "Changeling"
Meryl Streep ~ "Doubt"
Kristin Scott Thomas ~ "I've Loved You So Long"

Kate Winslet ~ "Revolutionary Road"

Best Actor in a Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio ~ "Revolutionary Road"
Frank Langella ~ "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn ~ "Milk"
Brad Pitt ~ "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Mickey Rourke ~ "The Wrestler"

Best Feature -- Musical or Comedy
"Burn After Reading"
Working Title/Releasing Company
Focus Features in association with Studio Canal

Summit Entertainment, Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Miramax Films
Miramax Films

"In Bruges"
Blueprint Pictures
Focus Features

"Mamma Mia!"
Relativity Media, Playtone, Littlestar
Universal Pictures

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
The Weinstein Company

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Rebecca Hall ~ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Sally Hawkins ~ "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Frances McDormand ~ "Burn After Reading"
Meryl Streep ~ "Mamma Mia!"
Emma Thompson ~ "Last Chance Harvey"

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Javier Bardem ~ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Colin Farrell ~ "In Bruges"
James Franco ~ "Pineapple Express"
Brendan Gleeson ~ "In Bruges"
Dustin Hoffman ~ "Last Chance Harvey"

Best Supporting Actress -- Motion Picture
Amy Adams ~ "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz ~ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Viola Davis ~ "Doubt"
Marisa Tomei ~ "The Wrestler"

Kate Winslet ~ "The Reader"

Best Supporting Actor -- Motion Picture
Tom Cruise ~ "Tropic Thunder"
Robert Downey Jr. ~ "Tropic Thunder"
Ray Fiennes ~ "The Duchess"
Philip Seymour Hoffman ~ "Doubt"

Heath Ledger ~ "The Dark Knight"

Best Director -- Motion Picture
Danny Boyle ~ "Slumdog Millionaire"
Stephen Daldry ~ "The Reader"
David Fincher ~ "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"
Ron Howard ~ "Frost/Nixon"
Sam Mendes ~ "Revolutionary Road"

Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture
Simon Beaufoy ~ "Slumdog Millionaire"
David Hare ~ "The Reader"
Peter Morgan ~ "Frost/Nixon"
Eric Roth ~ "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
John Patrick Shanley ~ "Doubt"

Best Foreign Language Film
Title: "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
Foreign Title: "Der badder meinhof komplex"
Country: (Germany)
Constantin Film Produktion GmbH
Summit Entertainment, LLC

Title: "Everlasting Moments"
Foreign Title: "Maria larssons eviga
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  • 1 month later...

Missed the festivities? Forgot to turn on the VCR? No worries! You can catch the repeat of "The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards" on Bravo! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors achievement in film and television and Steven Spielberg receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Saturday, January 17 at 9:00 p.m. (PST) on Bravo

Sunday, January 18 at 12:00 a.m. (PST) on Bravo

Run Time: 180 min.

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