Globes fare:  love, war

'Atonement' tops drama, 'Wilson' king of comedy

"Atonement," the tony British drama of love, lies and war, leads 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 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 looks at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock," HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" each 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 seven films instead of the traditional five in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement," the list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster," "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two 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 "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, brothers 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 twice, 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 also was much in evidence. And 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, unlike 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 ("Jesse James"), 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.

Motion Picture (Drama)

"American Gangster," Imagine Entertainment/Scott Free Prods.; Universal Pictures

"Atonement," Working Title Prods.; Focus Features

"Eastern Promises," Kudos Pictures — U.K. Serendipity Point Films — Canada/a U.K./ Canada co-production; Focus Features

"The Great Debaters," Harpo Films; the Weinstein Co./MGM

"Michael Clayton," Clayton Prods.; Warner Bros. Pictures

"No Country for Old Men," a Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss production; Miramax/ Paramount Vantage

"There Will Be Blood," a Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Co. production; Paramount Vantage/Miramax Films

Actress, Motion Picture (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, Motion Picture (Drama)

George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"

Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

James McAvoy, "Atonement"

Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"

Denzel Washington, "American Gangster"

Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)

"Across the Universe," Revolution Studios International; Sony Pictures Releasing

"Charlie Wilson's War," Universal Pictures/ Relativity Media/Participant Prods./ Playtone; Universal Pictures

"Hairspray," Zadan/Meron Productions/

New Line Cinema in association with Ingenious Film Partners; New Line Cinema

"Juno," Mandate Pictures/Mr. Mudd Production; Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Sweeney Todd," Parkes/MacDonald and Zanuck Co.; Warner Bros. Pictures; DreamWorks/Paramount Distribution

Actress, Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Amy Adams, "Enchanted"

Nikki Blonsky, "Hairspray"

Helena Bonham Carter, "Sweeney Todd"

Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"

Ellen Page, "Juno"

Actor, Motion Picture (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"

Animated Feature Film

"Bee Movie," DreamWorks Animation; DreamWorks Animation

"Ratatouille," Pixar; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Distribution

"The Simpsons Movie," Gracie Films; 20th Century Fox

Foreign-Languge Film

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Romania), Mobra Films; IFC First Take

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (France, U.S.), a Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Jon Kilik production; Miramax

"The Kite Runner" (U.S.), DreamWorks Pictures/ Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Paramount Classics/Participant Prods. present a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Parkes/ MacDonald production; Paramount Classics

"Lust, Caution" (Taiwan), Haishang Films; Focus Features

"Persepolis" (France), 247 Films; Sony Pictures Classics

Actress, Supporting Role (Motion Picture)

Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"

Julia Roberts, "Charlie Wilson's War"

Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"

Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"

Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton"

Actor, Supporting Role (Motion Picture)

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 (Motion Picture)

Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"

Joe Wright, "Atonement"

Screenplay (Motion Picture)

Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"

Aaron Sorkin, "Charlie Wilson's War"

Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Diablo Cody, "Juno"

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

Original Score (Motion Picture)

Clint Eastwood, "Grace Is Gone"

Alberto Iglesias, "The Kite Runner"

Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"

Howard Shore, "Eastern Promises"

Eddie Vedder, Michael Brook, Kaki King, "Into the Wild"

Original Song (Motion Picture)

"Despedida," "Love in the Time of Cholera"; Music: Shakira and Antonio Pinto; Lyrics: Shakira

"Grace Is Gone," "Grace Is Gone"; Music: Clint Eastwood; Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager

"Guaranteed," "Into the Wild"; Music/lyrics: Eddie Vedder

"That's How You Know," "Enchanted"; Music/lyrics: Alan Menken

"Walk Hard," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; Music/lyrics: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan, John C. Reilly and Marshall Crenshaw

Television Series (Drama)

"Big Love," Anima Sola and Playtone Prods. in association with HBO Entertainment (HBO)

"Damages," FX Prods. and Sony Pictures Television (FX)

"Grey's Anatomy," ABC Studios (ABC)

"House," Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Prods. and Bad Hat Harry Prods. in association with Universal Media Studios (Fox)

"Mad Men," Lionsgate Television (AMC)

"The Tudors," Showtime/Peace Arch Entertainment/Working Title/Reveille Prods./an Ireland-Canada co-production (Showtime)

Actress, Television Series (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, Television Series (Drama)

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Hugh Laurie, "House"

Bill Paxton, "Big Love"

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors"

Television Series (Musical Or Comedy)

"30 Rock," Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger Inc. (NBC)

"Californication," Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, and Then …, Twilight Time Films (Showtime)

"Entourage," Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. in association with HBO Entertainment (HBO)

"Extras," BBC and HBO Entertainment (HBO)

"Pushing Daisies," Living Dead Guy Prods., the Jinks/Cohen Co. in association with Warner Bros. Television (ABC)

Actress, Television Series (Musical Or Comedy)

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"

America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies"

Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

Actor, Television Series (Musical Or Comedy)

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

David Duchovny, "Californication"

Ricky Gervais, "Extras"

Lee Pace, "Pushing Daisies"

MiniSeries Or Motion Picture Made for Television

"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," a Wolf Films/Traveler's Rest production

in association with HBO Films (HBO)

"The Co.," Sony Pictures Television (TNT)

"Five Days," HBO Films in association with BBC Films (HBO)

"Longford," a Granada Production in association with Channel 4 and HBO Films (HBO)

"The State Within," BBC America, BBC (BBC America)

Actress, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Bryce Dallas Howard, "As You Like It"

Queen Latifah, "Life Support"

Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife"

Sissy Spacek, "Pictures of Hollis Woods"

Ruth Wilson, "Jane Eyre" ("Masterpiece Theatre")

Actor, MiniSeries or Motion Picture Made for Television

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"

Actress, Supporting Role (Series, MiniSeries or Motion Picture Made for Television)

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"

Actor, Supporting Role (Series, MiniSeries or Motion Picture Made for Television)

Ted Danson, "Damages"

Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"

Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"

Andy Serkis, "Longford"

William Shatner, "Boston Legal"

Donald Sutherland, "Dirty Sexy Money"