Tom Cruise and James Franco are also in the running for their out-there comedy roles
There may be another set of twins coming to the Jolie-Pitt household – twin Golden Globe Awards, that is.
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.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast Jan. 11 from the Beverly Hilton at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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