historical romance Atonement led the
competition for the Golden Globes with seven nominations
Thursday, including best drama and acting honors for
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
foreign-policy romp Charlie Wilson's War ran
second to Atonement with five nominations. And
among double nominees were Cate Blanchett, Philip
Seymour Hoffman, Clint Eastwood, and Eddie Vedder, who
received bids for song and score -- as did Eastwood.
Atonement, the best drama nominees for the 65th
Golden Globes were the crime sagas American Gangster,
Eastern Promises, and No Country for Old Men,
the inspirational college drama The Great
Debaters, the legal drama Michael Clayton,
and the California oil-boom epic There Will Be
Blood. Because of a tie in voting, seven dramatic
nominees were picked rather than the usual five.
best comedy or musical along with Charlie Wilson's
War were the Beatles musical Across the Universe,
the Broadway adaptation Hairspray, the teen-pregnancy
comedy Juno, and the bloody musical Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Adapted from the
novel by Ian McEwan, Atonement earned dramatic
actress and actor nominations for Knightley and
McAvoy, who play lovers whose newfound romance is
shattered after Knightley's jealous younger sister (Saoirse
Ronan) falsely accuses McAvoy of a crime.
Atonement also had nominations for Ronan as
supporting actress, director for Joe Wright, screenplay for
Christopher Hampton, and musical score for Dario
jumping around at the moment. It's just fantastic. I'm
working today, so I don't know whether I'll be able to
celebrate, but we'll probably have a nice dinner when
we get home from work,'' the 13-year-old Ronan said
after learning she was a nominee.
front-runners have yet emerged in the buildup to the Academy
Awards race, so the big nominations haul could make an early
favorite out of Atonement, which opened
theatrically just last week. Oscar nominations come
out nine days after the Golden Globes ceremony January
13. (The Oscars will be presented February 24.)
in the dramatic actress category was Blanchett for her
title role as the British monarch in Elizabeth: The
Golden Age. Blanchett also had a supporting actress
nomination for her gender-bending role as an
incarnation of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. (A
cross-dressing role earned John Travolta a supporting
actor nomination for Hairspray, in which he plays an
overweight, homebody housewife.)
Also earning two
nominations was Hoffman, for lead actor in a comedy or
musical in the sibling tale The Savages and
supporting actor for Charlie Wilson's War.
Charlie Wilson's War is a comic look at a
congressman (Tom Hanks), a Texas socialite (Julia Roberts),
and a slovenly CIA man (Hoffman) who engineered the
covert U.S. response to the Soviet invasion of
Hanks was cited
for best actor in a comedy or musical, while Roberts was
nominated as supporting actress.
omissions in the musical or comedy category were Judd
Apatow's Knocked Up and Superbad, both
huge critical and box office hits, as well as his
upcoming parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Walk Hard star John C. Reilly was nominated
in the best musical or comedy actor category, however.
were Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, who had acclaimed
performances in No Country for Old Men. Their
costar Javier Bardem, who has a chilling role as a
relentless killer trailing a man who made off with a
fortune in drug money, was nominated for supporting
favorite, No Country for Old Men also had
nominations for Joel and Ethan Coen for both directing and
their screenplay, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's
received two nominations, for best score for the road drama
Into the Wild and for an original song he
wrote for the film Guaranteed. Besides his best
actor nomination, Reilly is up for original song for the
theme from Walk Hard, which he wrote with
Marshall Crenshaw, Apatow, and director Jake Kasdan.
favorite Eastwood did not even have a movie of his own
out this year but scored two Globe nominations, for his
score and the title song for the Iraq war drama
Grace Is Gone.
Sean Penn, the
Oscar-winning star of Eastwood's Mystic River, was
shut out in the directing category for Into the
Wild, while Penn's lead actor, Emile Hirsch, also
missed out on a nomination.
Washington, director of The Great Debaters, had
a best dramatic actor nomination for American
Gangster, in which he plays a 1970s Harlem heroin
baron. Russell Crowe, who plays the cop who brings him
down, was snubbed by Globe voters, though.
Washington and McAvoy, dramatic actor nominees were George
Clooney as a conscience-torn attorney in Michael
Clayton, Daniel Day-Lewis as an oil tycoon in early 20th
century California in There Will Be Blood, and
Viggo Mortensen as a Russian mobster in Eastern Promises.
and Blanchett in the dramatic actress category were
Julie Christie as a woman succumbing to Alzheimer's in
Away From Her, Jodie Foster as a Manhattan
vigilante in The Brave One, and Angelina Jolie
as journalist Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart.
became instant box office stars in 2007 earned nominations
for best actress in a musical or comedy: Nikki Blonsky as a
vivacious Baltimore teen in Hairspray, Amy
Adams as an exiled fairy-tale princess in
Enchanted, and Ellen Page as a sardonic
pregnant teen in Juno.
Tim Burton and
his romantic partner and frequent costar, Helena Bonham
Carter, scored nominations, he for directing Sweeney
Todd and she for actress in a musical or comedy.
The film's star, Johnny Depp, was nominated for musical or
comedy actor for his bloodthirsty role as a vengeful
animated feature were the insect comedy Bee Movie,
the rodent tale Ratatouille, and the adaptation
The Simpsons Movie.
latest season of Hollywood backslapping is a strike by
the Writers Guild of America, whose members walked off the
job in November over their share of potential profits
from programming distributed over the Internet.
Many awards shows
are written under guild contract, so it remains unclear
how the strike might affect the ceremonies.
Presented by the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a relatively small
group of about 85 people who cover show business for
overseas media, the Golden Globes nevertheless exert
considerable influence on awards season.
Three of the four
acting winners for the 2006 Oscars -- Helen Mirren for
The Queen, Forest Whitaker for The Last King
of Scotland, and Jennifer Hudson for
Dreamgirls -- won at the Globes
beforehand. The only miss was Eddie Murphy, who won the
supporting-actor Globe for Dreamgirls but lost
at the Oscars to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine.
Scorsese also preceded his best director Oscar win for
The Departed with the same prize at the Globes.
While either the
best drama or musical/comedy winner at the Globes often
goes on to win the best picture Oscar, the two awards shows
have picked different films for their top honors in
the last three years. Babel was the dramatic winner
and Dreamgirls was the musical or comedy champ a
year ago at the Globes, but come Oscar night, Scorsese's
The Departed triumphed. (AP)