Trio at top of Golden Globes film noms

'Button,' 'Nixon,' 'Doubt' tie; lone 'Knight' nom to Ledger

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. refused to play favorites Thursday morning as it doled out five nominations each to the romantic fable "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the political showdown "Frost/Nixon" and the church-set struggle "Doubt."

As the nominations for the 66th annual Golden Globes were announced, "Button" and "Frost/Nixon" were nominated for best drama, along with "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

In the comedy/musical category, the best picture nominees are "Mamma Mia!," "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

On the TV side, Tina Fey, a previous Globes winner, earned another best comedy actress nom and saw "30 Rock" receive a nomination for best comedy, along with NBC's "The Office," HBO's "Entourage" and two series from Showtime, "Californication" and "Weeds."

The dramatic TV series nominated are HBO's "In Treatment" and "True Blood," Showtime's "Dexter," Fox's "House" and AMC's "Mad Men."

Among film performers, Meryl Streep took home two nominations -- as best dramatic actress for her rigid nun in "Doubt" and as best musical/comedy actress for her free-spirited single mom in "Mamma Mia!"

Kate Winslet also scored a double, winning recognition as best actress for her unhappy housewife in "Revolutionary Road" and supporting actress for her German prison guard in "The Reader."'

Winslet's "Road" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for best dramatic actor along with Frank Langella, who plays Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon"; Brad Pitt, who ages backwards as Benjamin Button in "Button"; Sean Penn, who plays gay rights activist Harvey Milk in "Milk"; and Mickey Rourke, who attempts a comeback in the ring in "The Wrestler."

In addition to Streep and Winslet, best dramatic actress noms went to Anne Hathaway, who disrupts the proceedings as a recovering alcoholic in "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, a mother searching for her missing son in "Changeling"; and Kristin Scott Thomas, who plays a former prisoner attempting to reconnect with her family in "I've Loved You So Long."

On the comedy/musical side of the ledger, Streep will face off against Rebecca Hall, playing an American abroad in "Barcelona"; Sally Hawkins, who looks at life through rose-colored glasses in "Happy-Go-Lucky"; Frances McDormand, who gets caught up in espionage in "Burn"; and Emma Thompson as a frustrated single woman in "Last Chance Harvey."

The best actor in a comedy or musical lineup consists of Javier Bardem, who stars as a seductive artist in "Barcelona"; ("Barcelona"), Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who play a team of hit-men in "In Bruges," James Franco, who spaces out as a stoner in "Pineapple Express," and Dustin Hoffman, who finds an unexpected love interest in "Harvey."

The late Heath Ledger scored a best supporting actor nom for his performance as the anarchic Joker in "The Dark Knight," the sole nomination awarded to the year's biggest boxoffice hit. His competition consists of Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr., who both appeared in heavy makeup in "Tropic Thunder," Ralph Fiennes ("The Duchess") and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Doubt").

Ledger's father, Kim, issued a statement on behalf of his family, thanking the HFPA and saying: "This nomination is deeply appreciated and is not lost on those of us who continue to love and miss him."

"Doubt" further extended its run of acting noms in the best supporting actress category, where both its Amy Adams and Viola Davis earned mentions. The category also includes Winslet; Penelope Cruz, for her tempestuous ex-wife in "Barcelona"; and Marisa Tomei, who plays a feisty stripper in "The Wrestler."

The five best dramatic picture nominees also earned directing noms for their respective directors: Danny Boyle ("Slumdog"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader"), David Fincher ("Button"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon") and Sam Mendes ("Revolutionary Road").

Four of the five best dramas also led to screenplay nominations for their writers: Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog"), David Hare ("The Reader"), Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon") and Eric Roth ("Button"). However, instead of Justin Haythe's screenplay for "Road," the fifth nom went to John Patrick Shanley for "Doubt."

Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E," named best picture of the year this week by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., was relegated to the animated feature category by the HFPA, where it will contest with DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda" and Disney's "Bolt."

The nominees for best foreign-language film are Germany's "The Baader Meinhof Complex," Sweden/Denmark's "Everlasting Moments," Italy's "Gomorra," France's "I've Loved You So Long" and Israel's "Waltz With Bashir."

While Clint Eastwood didn't make it into the directing ranks for "Changeling" or "Gran Torino" and didn't earn acting honors for "Torino" either, he did pull double duty in the music categories, picking up a score nomination for "Changeling" and a song nom for "Torino."

The other composers heralded for their scores are Alexandre Desplat ("Button"), James Newton Howard ("Defiance"), A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog") and Hans Zimmer ("Frost/Nixon").

The best original song nominees are "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E," music by Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman; lyrics by Gabriel; "Gran Torino" from "Gran Torino," music by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens, lyrics by Kyle Eastwood and Stevens; "I Thought I Lost You" from "Bolt," music and lyrics by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele; "Once in a Lifetime" from "Cadillac Records," music and lyrics by Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street; and "The Wrestler" from "The Wrestler," music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen.

The Globes will be broadcast by NBC on Jan. 11.

Film nominations are on the next page.



Best motion picture drama
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"Frost/Nixon"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

Best motion picture musical or comedy
"Burn After Reading"
"Happy-Go-Lucky"
"In Bruges"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Best actor, 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 actress, 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, 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 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 supporting actor in a motion picture
Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"
Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams, "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Viola Davis, "Doubt"
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

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
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
"Doubt," John Patrick Shanley
"Frost/Nixon," Peter Morgan
"The Reader," David Hare
"Slumdog Millionaire," Simon Beaufoy

Best original song, motion picture
"Bolt" ("I Thought I Lost You")
"Cadillac Records" ("Once in a Lifetime")
"Gran Torino" ("Gran Torino")
"WALL-E" ("Down to Earth")
"The Wrestler" ("The Wrestler")

Best original score, motion picture
"Changeling," Clint Eastwood
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat
"Defiance," James Newton Howard
"Frost/Nixon," Hans Zimmer
"Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman

Best animated film
"Bolt"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"WALL-E"

Best foreign-language film
"The Baader Meinhof Complex"
"Maria Larssons eviga ogonblick"
"Gomorra"
"I've Loved You So Long"
"Waltz With Bashir"

Television nominees are on the next page.



Best television series drama
"Dexter"
"House"
"In Treatment"
"Mad Men"
"True Blood"

Best television musical or comedy
"Californication"
"Entourage"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"
"Weeds"

Best miniseries of made-for-television movie
"Bernard and Doris"
"Cranford"
"John Adams"
"A Raisin in the Sun"
"Recount"

Best actor in a television series, drama
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors"

Best actress in a television series, drama
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"
January Jones, "Mad Men"
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Best actor in a miniseries or movie
Ralph Fiennes, "Bernard and Doris"
Paul Giamatti, "John Adams"
Kevin Spacey, "Recount"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24: Redemption"
Tom Wilkinson, "Recount"

Best actress in a miniseries or movie
Judi Dench, "Cranford"
Catherine Keener, "An American Crime"
Laura Linney, "John Adams"
Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"
Susan Sarandon, "Bernard and Doris"

Best actor in a television series, musical or comedy
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Kevin Connolly, "Entourage"
David Duchovny, "Californication"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

Best actress in a television series, musical or comedy
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or made-for-television movie
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Denis Leary, "Recount"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Blair Underwood, "In Treatment"
Tom Wilkinson, "John Adams"

Best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or made-for-television movie

Eileen Atkins, "Cranford"
Laura Dern, "Recount"
Melissa George, "In Treatment"
Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
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