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Nomination: Best actress in a drama as the widow of reporter Daniel
Pearl in A Mighty Heart.
A 'Mighty' Weight: "I felt huge pressure – so much so that I
didn’t sleep the night before [production started]," the
three-time winner, 32, said about playing Marianne. "It was a huge
Next Up: Between globe-trotting the world with Brad Pitt and their
four kids, she's making more movies, including an action-thriller about
real-life intelligence operative Kathi Lynn Austin.
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Nomination: Best actor in a comedy or musical for Sweeney
Todd (The eight-time nominee could finally win his first Globe!)
On Playing the Murderous Barber: "That was always the difficulty,
taking a character like that and attempting to make people feel for him,"
Depp, 44, told Entertainment Weekly.
Next Up: Depp has plans to produce and star in the thriller Shantaram, and he'll play American gangster John Dillinger in the drama
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Nomination: Best actress in a drama, as a woman whose lover is
wrongfully accused of a crime in Atonement.
After-Party Girl: "It's just so exciting that we've got nominated
in so many categories," the British actress, 22, told the Associated Press.
"There's such a big group of us that can get to go together."
Next Up: The two-time nominee will star in The Dutchessabout the life of an 18th-century aristocrat and The Edge of Love, about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
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Nomination: Best actor in a drama for his turn as a crusading
lawyer in Michael Clayton.
But What He Really Wants to Do Is Direct: "My hope is that as time
goes on and people want to see less and less of me onscreen," Clooney, 46,
told Time, "I'll be able to direct."
Next Up: The two-time winner directs and stars opposite Renée Zellweger in the period comedy Leatherheads, which comes
out in April.
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Nomination: The three-time winner is up for best supporting actress
in a drama for her role as a right-wing blue blood in Charlie Wilson's War.
An Honor Just to Be Nominated?: "Usually the triumph of my day is
everybody making it to the potty," Roberts, 40, told Matt Lauer on Today. "So, yes, I think it's thrilling."
Next Up: She'll star in the thriller Duplicity, which
reunites her with her Closer star Clive Owen.
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Nomination: Best actor in a drama for his turn as a man wrongly
accused of rape in Atonement.
Lights! Camera! Lots of Action!: The first-time nominee filmed some
racy love scenes with costar Knightley. "The director gave us instructions
like, 'Pull the leg up, Keira, now grab his hair. Unbutton your flies.
James, kiss her on the neck,' " McAvoy, 28, told PEOPLE.
Next Up: The Scottish actor will star with Angelina Jolie in the
summer action film Wanted.
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Nomination: Best supporting actress in a TV series for Grey's Anatomy
Playing Against Type: "We're all familiar with how Jennifer Aniston
moves, how Courteney Cox speaks, because of 10 years on Friends,"
Heigl, 29, told Entertainment Weekly. "But I think if I can find
roles that are different enough from Izzie, I can find a way to shake
Next Up: More movies! The Grey's star (and two-time
nominee) next appears in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses.
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Nomination: Best actress in a TV drama for her turn as matriarch
Nora in Brothers amp Sisters.
Full Steam Ahead: "I don't think you can ever sit back and take
anything for granted," Fields, 61, said to Entertainment Weekly.
"I think that the minute you sit back and dust yourself off and say
"La-de-da" the lightning bolt will strike.'"
Next Up: Field, who has won a Globe twice already, is attached to
the role of Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln.
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Nomination: Best actor in a TV drama as the cranky Dr. House in
But Who Will Write His Acceptance Speech? "I'm extremely honored,"
Laurie, 48 and a two-time winner, told PEOPLE. "But now, especially now, I
have to emphasize how much I owe to David Shore and all the writers on
House. Without them, I wouldn't even know how to finish this
sentence without ... you know ..."
Next Up: Laurie will costar with Keanu Reeves in the crime drama
Night Watchman, about an LAPD veteran.
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Nomination: Best actress in a TV comedy for her turn as an amnesiac
in Samantha Who?.
The Sweet Smell of Success: "Creatively, I'm at the height of my
life right now," Applegate, 36, told PEOPLE. "I'm playing a character that I
love playing. I get a thrill every day."
Next Up: The two-time nominee will appear with The
Office's Rainn Wilson in The Rocker, a comedy about a failed
musician who's given a second chance at fame.
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Nomination: Best actor in a TV comedy as pompous Jack Donaghy on
Being Typecast as the Mean Guy: "When you do a job, everybody keeps
offering you the same job over and over again," the 49-year-old Baldwin, who
won in 2007, has said. "I always tell people my dream role would be to
recreate Little House on the Prairie and play the Michael Landon
role, but no one has offered me that yet."
Next Up: He'll star in the family dramedy Limelife with
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Cynthia Nixon.
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Nomination: Best supporting actress – her first Globe nod!
– for My Name Is Earl
The Joy of Playing Joy "I'm not apologizing for some of the jobs I
took because it kept me employed," Pressly, 30, told PEOPLE. "I've been
working toward this day when I would play a role with vulnerability, but
still with spunk and spirit. And that day is here, isn't it?"
Next Up: The Emmy winner lends her voice to the animated Horton Hears a Who!, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
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Nomination: His fourth, this time for best supporting actor in a TV
series as snarky superagent Ari on Entourage
Time of His Life "None of this is lost on me," says Piven, 42, who
started acting as a child in his parents' famed Piven Theater Workshop in
Chicago. "I love it. I'm having a great time."
Next Up: Piven will appear in Guy Ritchie's crime drama RocknRolla, which will be out this year.
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Nomination: Last year's winner is up again for best actress in a TV
comedy for Ugly Betty.
On Betty vs. America: "I feel extremely comfortable being dressed
as Ugly Betty," Ferrera, 23, told PEOPLE. "It's always nice at the end of
the day to take the wig off and take my makeup off and just be myself. But I
am more comfortable being Betty than being on a red carpet all glammed up."
Next Up: Ferrera will appear in the sequel to Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants.