Power of 'Babel': 7 Globes noms

 Top film nominee; 2 each for Eastwood, DiCaprio

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton (HR 12/15).

With seven nominations, "Babel" was the most-nominated film, followed by "The Departed" with six and "Dreamgirls" with five. In the television categories, the drama "Grey's Anatomy" and the comedy "Weeds" were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." DiCaprio also scored twice in one category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in "The Departed" and a South African mercenary in "Blood Diamond."

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries ? for "Elizabeth I" and "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" ? but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen."

But for all their love of Eastwood, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate "Flags" as best drama. They spread their noms among "Babel," "Bobby," "Departed," "Little Children" and "Queen."

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Dreamgirls," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking."

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for "Queen," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel" and Martin Scorsese for "Departed." Despite its five nominations, "Dreamgirls" failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon.

In the best dramatic actress heat, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in "Sherrybaby," and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in "Volver," are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in "Notes on a Scandal"; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in "Little Children"; and Mirren in "Queen."

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in "Venus"; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in "The Pursuit of Happyness"; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

A complete list of Globes noms is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.