All Access: Golden Globe Nominations

Helen Mirren, Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood were among the multiple Golden Globe nominees Thursday, while the multinational ensemble drama “Babel” led all
contenders with seven nominations, including best dramatic picture.

Also nominated for best dramatic picture: the Robert Kennedy story “Bobby,” the mob tale “The Departed,” the suburban drama “Little Children” and the royalty-in-crisis “The Queen.”

Mirren received nominations for playing both Queen Elizabeth I and II. She was nominated for dramatic movie actress for playing the current monarch in “The Queen,” and for the title role in the TV miniseries “Elizabeth I.” She also had a nomination for best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.”

Other multiple nominees included DiCaprio, who had two nominations for best dramatic film actor in “Blood Diamond” and “The Departed”; Eastwood, who had two directing nominations for his World War II companion films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”; and Toni Collette, nominated for best actress in a movie comedy or musical for the road-trip romp “Little Miss Sunshine” and TV supporting actress for “Tsunami: The Aftermath.”

Told in Japanese, “Letters From Iwo Jima” also was nominated for foreign language film, along with Mel Gibson’s bloody Mayan epic “Apocalypto.” Under Globe rules the two films were eligible only in the foreign language category, not the best picture category.

“Babel,” a story of families around the globe connected by a tragic shooting in the North African desert, also had nominations for performers Brad Pitt, Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and best screenplay and musical score.

“The Departed” trailed “Babel” with six nominations — including one for director Martin Scorsese.

The Globes also have a category for best comedy or musical film, the nominees for which included the American culture satire “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” The movie’s star, Sacha Baron Cohen, also was nominated for best actor in a movie comedy or musical.

The other best comedy or musical nominees were the fashion industry satire “The Devil Wears Prada,” the Motown musical “Dreamgirls,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and the tobacco tale “Thank You for Smoking.”

Along with DiCaprio, best dramatic film actor nominees were Peter O’Toole for the would-be romance “Venus,” Will Smith in the father-son story “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Forest Whitaker for the Idi Amin saga “The Last King of Scotland.”

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Joining Mirren for “The Queen” in best dramatic film actress category were Penelope Cruz for the Spanish-language tale “Volver,” Judi Dench for the school drama “Notes on a Scandal,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for the drug-addiction story “Sherrybaby,” and Kate Winslet for “Little Children.”

Besides Collette, the best musical or comedy film actress nominees were Annette Bening for the dysfunctional childhood tale “Running With Scissors,” Beyonce Knowles for “Dreamgirls,” Meryl Streep for “The Devil Wears Prada,” and Renee Zellweger for “Miss Potter,” a tale of children’s author Beatrix Potter.

Along with Cohen for “Borat,” the nominees for best comedy or musical actor included Johnny Depp for the summer blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” Aaron Eckhart for “Thank You For Smoking,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for the drag-queen romp “Kinky Boots,” and Will Ferrell for the literary story “Stranger Than Fiction.”

Ejiofor also had a nomination for best actor in a TV miniseries or movie for “Tsunami: The Aftermath.”

Along with “Babel” co-stars Pitt, Barraza and Kikuchi, the supporting film categories included another “Babel” co-star Cate Blanchett for “Notes on a Scandal.” The other supporting actress nominees: Emily Blunt for “The Devil Wears Prada” and Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls.”

“The acting was definitely a challenge for me because I’ve been singing for 17 years. This is my first time ever acting, other than working on a cruise ship,” Hudson said on NBC’s “Today” show after learning of her nomination.

“The Departed” co-stars Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg were
nominated for supporting film actor along with Ben Affleck for “Hollywoodland” and Eddie Murphy for “Dreamgirls.”

The musical penguin tale “Happy Feet,” the talking autos comedy “Cars” and the spooky children’s flick “Monster House” were nominated for best animated film of 2006.

Along with “Apocalypto” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” foreign language film nominees were Germany’s “The Lives of Others,” Mexico’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and Spain’s “Volver.”

Best TV drama contenders: “24,” “Big Love,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heroes” and “Lost.” Comedy or musical TV series nominees: “Desperate Housewives,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “Ugly Betty” and “Weeds.”

“Desperate Housewives” co-stars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman both were nominated for best actress in a TV comedy or musical.

The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 90 people who write about the film industry for overseas media. Some critics question the validity of the Globes, saying the group has many part-time journalists and reporters who write for obscure outlets.

But the Globes have long stood as the second-biggest Hollywood honors after the Oscars. Academy Awards contenders can solidify their prospects with a win at the Globes, which serve as solid forecasts for how the Oscars might play out.

All four winners of the 2005 acting Oscars — Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and George Clooney — preceded their wins with triumphs at the Globes.

But the Globes failed to predict the best-picture Oscar winner the last two years. “The Aviator” won best drama at the Globes for 2004 while “Million Dollar Baby” took the Oscar, and “Brokeback Mountain” won best drama at the Globes for last year, while “Crash” was the Oscar champ.

Golden Globe winners will be announced Jan. 15, eight days before Oscar nominations. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 25.

The Globes feature 13 categories for film and 11 for television. Warren Beatty will receive the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.



Picture, Drama: “Babel,” “Bobby,” “The Departed,” “Little Children,” “The Queen”

Actress, Drama: Penelope Cruz, “Volver”; Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Sherrybaby”; Helen Mirren, “The Queen”; Kate Winslet, “Little Children”

Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Blood Diamond”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Departed”; Peter O’Toole, “Venus”; Will Smith, “The Pursuit of Happyness”; Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Picture, Musical or Comedy: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Dreamgirls,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Thank You for Smoking”

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, “Running With Scissors”; Toni Collette, “Little Miss Sunshine”; Beyonce Knowles, “Dreamgirls”; Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”; Renee Zellweger, “Miss Potter”

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”; Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”; Aaron Eckhart, “Thank You for Smoking”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Kinky Boots”; Will Ferrell, “Stranger than Fiction”

Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, “Babel”; Cate Blanchett, “Notes on a Scandal”; Emily Blunt, “The Devil Wears Prada”; Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”; Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel”

Supporting Actor: Ben Affleck, “Hollywoodland”; Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”; Jack Nicholson, “The Departed”; Brad Pitt, “Babel”; Mark Wahlberg, “The Departed”

Director: Clint Eastwood, “Flags of Our Fathers”; Clint Eastwood, “Letters from Iwo Jima”; Steven Frears, “The Queen”; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Babel”; Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, “Babel”; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, “Little Children”; Patrick Marber, “Notes on a Scandal”; William Monahan, “The Departed”; Peter Morgan, “The Queen”

Foreign Language: “Apocalypto,” USA; “Letters from Iwo Jima,” USA/Japan; “The Lives of Others,” Germany; “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Mexico; “Volver” Spain

Animated Film: “Cars,” “Happy Feet,” “Monster House”

Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, “The Painted Veil”; Clint Mansell, “The Fountain”; Gustavo Santaolalla, “Babel”; Carlo Siliotto, “Nomad”; Hans Zimmer, “The Da Vinci Code”

Original Song: “A Father’s Way” from “The Pursuit of Happyness”; “Listen” from “Dreamgirls”; “Never Gonna Break My Faith” from “Bobby”; “The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”; “Try Not to Remember” from “Home of the Brave”


Series, Drama: “24,” Fox; “Big Love,” HBO; “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; “Heroes,” NBC; “Lost,” ABC

Actress, Drama: Patricia Arquette, “Medium”; Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”; Evangeline Lilly, “Lost”; Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Actor, Drama: Patrick Dempsey, “Grey’s Anatomy”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Hugh Laurie, “House”; Bill Paxton, “Big Love”; Kiefer Sutherland, “24”

Series, Musical or Comedy: “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; “Entourage,” HBO; “The Office,” NBC; “Ugly Betty,” ABC; “Weeds,” Showtime

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Marcia Cross, “Desperate Housewives”; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Zach Braff,
“Scrubs”; Steve Carrell, “The Office”; Jason Lee, “My Name is Earl”; Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”

Miniseries or movie: “Bleak House,” PBS; “Broken Trail,” AMC; “Elizabeth I,” HBO; “Mrs. Harris,” HBO; “Prime Suspect: The Final Act,” PBS

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Gillian Anderson, “Bleak House”; Annette Bening, “Mrs. Harris”; Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I”; Helen Mirren, “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”; Sophie Okonedo, “Tsunami, The Aftermath”

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Andre Braugher, “Thief”; Robert Duvall, “Broken Trail”; Michael Ealy, “Sleeper Cell: American Terror”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Tsunami, The Aftermath”; Ben Kingsley, “Mrs. Harris”; Bill Nighy, “Gideon’s Daughter”; Matthew Perry, “The Ron Clark Story”

Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Emily Blunt, “Gideon’s Daughter”; Toni Collette, “Tsunami, The Aftermath”; Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”; Sarah Paulson, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”; Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”

Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Thomas Haden Church, “Broken Trail”; Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I”; Justin Kirk, “Weeds”; Masi Oka, “Heroes”; Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”

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