Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Score Golden Globe Nods

Tom Cruise and James Franco are also in the running for their out-there comedy roles

Photo: Tony Rivetti, Jr.; Merrick Morton

There may be another set of twins coming to the Jolie-Pitt household – twin Golden Globe Awards, that is.

Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among those nominated Thursday morning for Golden Globes, part of Hollywood’s pre-Oscar awards’ season frenzy now underway.

Pitt was nominated for his leading dramatic role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which, along with director Ron Howard’s adaptation of the stage drama Frost/Nixon and another stage-to-screen transfer, Doubt, led the Globes’ list, with five nominations each.

The Reader, Revolutionary Road and Slumdog Millionaire are also nominees for best dramatic picture. Best musical or comedy movie nominees are Burn After Reading, Happy-Go-Lucky, In Bruges, Mamma Mia! and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Meryl Streep nabbed two nominations: best dramatic actress for Doubt and musical or comedy actress for Mamma Mia!. Kate Winslet also has the chance for double honors, as leading dramatic actress in Revolutionary Road and as supporting-actress in The Reader.

Besides Pitt, the other dramatic leading actor nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road; Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Sean Penn, Milk (that acclaimed film’s only nomination); and Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.

Jolie and Streep’s competition for best dramatic movie actress will come from Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; and Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long.

In the TV division, the Globes smiled upon Tina Fey, whose Emmy-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock was nominated as best comedy series, along with that same network’s The Office, Showtime’s Californication and Weeds and HBO’s Entourage.

In the dramatic series category, those cited were FOX’s House (the only broadcast network nominee), HBO’s In Treatment and True Blood, Showtime’s Dexter and AMC’s Emmy winner Mad Men.

See a full list of the 2009 Golden Globe nominees.

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast Jan. 11 from the Beverly Hilton at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Giggles for Franco, Cruise

Thursday’s nominees were announced by Elizabeth Banks, Brooke Shields, Terrence Howard, Rainn Wilson and Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards.

Giggling broke out when the names of James Franco and Tom Cruise were announced, for their respective comedy roles – in Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder.

A year ago, a strike by the Writers Guild of America effectively shut down the Globes telecast, with nominees refusing to cross the picket line to attend a ceremony. Instead, a small-scale TV special was aired, simply to announce the winners.

In terms of predicting the Academy Awards, the last movie to win both the Golden Globes’ best drama and best picture at the Oscars was 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Last year’s top Globe drama trophy went to Atonement, which left the Oscars empty handed.

This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22.


Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
• Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
• Meryl Streep, Doubt
• Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
• Kate Winslet. Revolutionary Road

Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
• Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
• Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Actress – Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
• Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky
• Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
• Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
• Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

Best Actor – Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
• Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Colin Farrell, In Bruges
• James Franco, Pineapple Express
• Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
• Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey

Best Supporting Actress
• Amy Adams, Doubt
• Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Viola Davis, Doubt
• Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
• Kate Winslett, The Reader

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
• Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
• Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess
• Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
• Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda


Best Television Series – Drama
In Treatment
Mad Men
True Blood

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama
• Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
• Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
• January Jones, Mad Men
• Anna Paquin, True Blood
• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama
• Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter
• Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Hugh Laurie, House
• Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
30 Rock
The Office

Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
• Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
• America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
• Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Debra Messing, The Starter Wife
• Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
• Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
• Steve Carell, The Office
• Kevin Connolly, Entourage
• David Duchovny, Californication
• Tony Shalhoub, Monk

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