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"Atonement," the tony British drama of love, lies and war, led the pack with seven nominations -- including best drama and acting noms for its two leads, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday morning announced its nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes.

"Charlie Wilson's War," a comic look at the roots of the U.S.' involvement in Afghanistan, followed with five nominations, including best comedy or musical.

On the TV side, the top contenders with four nominations apiece are the FX dramatic series "Damages," which revolves around a lethal legal case, and the HBO telefilm "Longford," which looked at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock," HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" both scored three noms, as did the HBO telefilm "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

But this year's wide-open film awards season didn't get much narrower as a result of the Globe nominations as the HFPA chose to include a whopping seven films in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement," the crowded list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster," "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two very different takes on American business, the oil-struck "There Will Be Blood" and "Michael Clayton," with its corporate intrigue; and the inspirational college drama "The Great Debaters." According to the HFPA, the expanded category came about because three films tied for fifth place.

That should make the competition for prime tables even tougher when the Globes ceremony, broadcast live by NBC, is held Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton.

In the case of the best comedy or musical category, the HFPA was a little more selective, nominating three musicals -- the Beatles-inspired "Across the Universe," the '60s-inflected "Hairspray" and the bloody "Sweeney Todd" -- along with two comedy-dramas, "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Juno," a wry look at an unexpected teen pregnancy.

With just five nominations in the best directing category, the contest suddenly got fiercer. On the dramatic side, brother filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for "No Country" along with Ridley Scott for "Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement." The only director with a film from the musical category is "Sweeney Todd's" Tim Burton. The fifth nominee is Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which also was nominated for best screenplay and best foreign-language film.

Cate Blanchett scored a double-header, picking up a best dramatic actress nom for her regal turn in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress recognition for her Dylanesque performance in "I'm Not There." With best dramatic actor and supporting actor noms for, respectively, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War," Philip Seymour Hoffman was much in evidence. Clint Eastwood, though he didn't appear on film this year, also earned two nominations for his score and song for "Grace Is Gone," the study of an Iraq War widower.

Still, for all their largesse, the 82 voting members of the HFPA ignored several possible nominees. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" was left out in the cold, save for score and song nominations. "Knocked Up" and "Superbad," which were both critical and commercial hits, also got the cold shoulder. Laura Linney, who stars with Hoffman in "Savages," wasn't awarded a nomination like her co-star. Tommy Lee Jones, lauded by critics for performances in both "In the Valley of Elah" and "No Country" wasn't mentioned. And the 3-D "Beowulf" didn't make an appearance in the Globe's new animated feature category, which encompasses just "Bee Movie," "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie."

With co-productions figuring prominently on both the studio and indie fronts, there were plenty of bragging rights to go around. With a claim to 11 nominations each, Focus Features, the Universal specialty division, and Paramount Vantage both hit the jackpot.

Blanchett's fellow best dramatic actress nominees are "Atonement's" aristocratic Knightley; Julie Christie, who portrays an Alzheimer's sufferer in "Away From Her"; Jodie Foster, who goes on a vengeful rampage in "The Brave One"; and Angelina Jolie, who portrays Mariane Pearl, whose husband was assassinated by Pakistani terrorists, in "A Mighty Heart."

The best dramatic actor lineup includes George Clooney, a Globe winner last year for "Syriana," for his legal fixer in "Michael Clayton"; Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays a ruthless oil baron in "There Will Be Blood"; Viggo Mortensen, who battles Russian gangsters in "Eastern Promises"; Denzel Washington, who portrays a drug kingpin in "American Gangster"; and "Atonement's" McAvoy, for playing a man accused of a crime he didn't commit.

Providing comic relief, nominees for best actress in a comedy or musical are Amy Adams, who shines as a displaced princess in "Enchanted"; Nikki Blonsky, who made her screen debut as a plus-size dance contestant in "Hairspray"; Helena Bonham Carter, who adds a touch of the macabre as the pie-making Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd"; Marion Cotillard, who embodies French chanteuse Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose"; and Ellen Page, who finds herself burdened with pregnancy in "Juno."

In the category of best actor in a comedy or musical, only John C. Reilly, who struts his stuff as a troubadour in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," plays it for big laughs. Striking darker notes, his competitors are Johnny Depp for the knife-wielding title role in "Sweeney Todd"; Ryan Gosling, who falls in love with an inanimate doll in "Lars and the Real Girl"; Tom Hanks, who plays a hard-drinking congressman in "Charlie Wilson's War"; and Hoffman, who struggles with an ailing father in "The Savages."

In addition to Blanchett, supporting actress nominees are Julia Roberts ("Charlie Wilson's War"), Saoirese Ronan ("Atonement"), Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton").

Supporting actor nominees are Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"), Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men"), John Travolta ("Hairspray"), Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") and Hoffman ("Charlie Wilson's War").

The screenplays that earned noms are Diablo Cody's "Juno," the Coen brothers' "No Country," Christopher Hampton's "Atonement," Ronald Harwood's "Diving Bell" and Aaron Sorkin's "Charlie Wilson's War."

For foreign film, the nominees range from the Romanian "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," one of this year's big award winners, to "Diving Bell," which is set in France, the Afghanistan tale "The Kite Runner," the Shanghai-set "Lust, Caution" and "Persepolis," an animated look at Iran.

Nominated for original score are "Into the Wild," by Michael Brook, Kaki King and Eddie Vedder; Eastwood's "Grace Is Gone"; "Kite Runner," by Alberto Iglesias; "Atonement," by Dario Marianelli; and "Eastern Promises," by Howard Shore.

For best original song, the nominees are "Despedida" from "Love in the Time of Cholera," music by Shakira and Antonio Pinto and lyrics by Shakira; "Grace Is Gone" from "Grace Is Gone," music by Eastwood and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; "Guaranteed" from "Wild," music and lyrics by Vedder; "That's How You Know" from "Enchanted," music and lyrics by Alan Menken; and "Walk Hard" from "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," music and lyrics by Marshall Crenshaw, Reilly, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan.

Go to the next page for a complete list of nominees.



FILM

Motion picture -- drama
"American Gangster"
"Atonement"
"Eastern Promises"
"The Great Debaters"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Actress -- drama
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Jodie Foster, "The Brave One"
Angelina Jolie, "A Mighty Heart"
Keira Knightley, "Atonement"

Actor -- drama
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
James McAvoy, "Atonement"
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"
Denzel Washington, "American Gangster"

Picture -- musical or comedy
"Across the Universe"
"Charlie Wilson's War"
"Hairspray"
"Juno"
"Sweeney Todd"

Actress -- musical or comedy
Amy Adams, "Enchanted"
Nikki Blonsky, "Hairspray"
Helena Bonham Carter, "Sweeney Todd"
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose"
Ellen Page, "Juno"

Actor -- musical or comedy
Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"
Ryan Gosling, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Tom Hanks, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Savages"
John C. Reilly, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"

Supporting actress
Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"
Julia Roberts, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton"

Supporting actor
Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"
John Travolta, "Hairspray"
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

Director
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

Screenplay
Diablo Cody, "Juno"
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Aaron Sorkin, "Charlie Wilson's War"

Foreign-language film
"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Romania
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," France and U.S.
"The Kite Runner," U.S.
"Lust, Caution," Taiwan
"Persepolis," France

Animated film
"Bee Movie"
"Ratatouille"
"The Simpsons Movie"

Original score
Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder, "Into the Wild"
Clint Eastwood, "Grace Is Gone"
Alberto Iglesias, "The Kite Runner"
Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"
Howard Shore, "Eastern Promises"

Original song
"Despedida" from "Love in the Time of Cholera"
"Grace Is Gone" from "Grace Is Gone"
"Guaranteed" from "Into the Wild"
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted"
"Walk Hard" from "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"

TELEVISION

Series -- drama
"Big Love," HBO
"Damages," FX Networks
"Grey's Anatomy," ABC
"House," Fox; "Mad Men," AMC
"The Tudors," Showtime

Actress -- drama
Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Minnie Driver, "The Riches"
Edie Falco, "The Sopranos"
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Actor -- drama
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors"
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"

Series -- musical or comedy
"30 Rock," NBC
"Californication," Showtime
"Entourage," HBO
"Extras," HBO
"Pushing Daisies," ABC

Actress -- musical or comedy
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

Actor -- musical or comedy
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
David Duchovny, "Californication"
Ricky Gervais, "Extras"
Lee Pace, "Pushing Daisies"

Miniseries or movie
"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," HBO
"The Company," TNT
"Five Days," HBO
"Longford," HBO
"The State Within," BBC America

Actress -- miniseries or movie
Bryce Dallas Howard, "As You Like It"
Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife"
Queen Latifah, "Life Support"
Sissy Spacek, "Pictures of Hollis Woods"
Ruth Wilson, "Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre)"

Actor -- miniseries or movie
Adam Beach, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
Ernest Borgnine, "A Grandpa for Christmas"
Jim Broadbent, "Longford"
Jason Isaacs, "The State Within"
James Nesbitt, "Jekyll"

Supporting actress -- series, miniseries or movie
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"
Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy"
Samantha Morton, "Longford"
Anna Paquin, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
Jaime Pressly, "My Name Is Earl"

Supporting actor -- series, miniseries or movie
Ted Danson, "Damages"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Andy Serkis, "Longford"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
Donald Sutherland, "Dirty Sexy Money"
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