'Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War' Top Globe Nominations

Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts also get the nod

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Trophy season kicked into high gear Thursday morning, with an impressive roster of seven movies nominated for best dramatic picture in the Golden Globes race.

The period romance Atonement, starring nominees Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, led the pack with seven nominations. The movie, besides being in the running for best picture, was also singled out for its direction, by Joe Wright, and its screenplay, by Christopher Hampton.

The remaining six top picture nominees are American Gangster, Eastern Promises, The Great Debaters, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.

In the comedy/musical movie category, top picture candidate Charlie Wilson’s War and its stars, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, as well as its writer, The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, all grabbed nominations. (Overlooked, however, was director Mike Nichols.) With four nominations, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street also picked up nods as best picture and for its director Tim Burton, and stars, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pushing ‘Pushing Daisies’

In the TV categories, newcomer Lee Pace was nominated as best leading actor in a comedy series, as was his show, Pushing Daisies. The other comedies in competition for best series are 30 Rock and its star, Alec Baldwin, Californication, and its star, David Duchovny, Entourage and Extras. Overlooked were Ugly Betty and The Sopranos – though Edie Falco did get a best actress nod.

The nominees for best dramatic series are Big Love, Damages, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Mad Men and The Tudors. (For a complete list of nominees, see below.)

The Globes differ from the Oscars in that that the earlier ceremony splits the best film award into two categories, one for drama and the other for comedy or musical.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men has already been named best picture by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as its top pick.

Predicting the Oscars

In terms of predicting the Oscar outcome, last year’s Globe winners – director Martin Scorsese (for The Departed, which was also named best picture at the Globes and the Oscars), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) – all went on to take home Academy gold. Dreamgirls Globe winner Eddie Murphy, however, lost the Oscar to Little Miss Sunshine‘s Alan Arkin.

It remains to be seen if the producers of the Globes ceremony will obtain a Writers Guild of America waiver that will allow the show to go on. Since last month, that union has been on strike, which has affected TV programming.

NBC is slated to broadcast the 65th annual Golden Globes from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 13 – nine days before the announcement of the Oscar nominations. The Academy Awards will be held Feb. 24.

In all, the Globes will recognize 14 movie categories and 11 for TV. Steven Spielberg is to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, for lifetime achievement.

The Nominees Are …

Nominees in the major categories, for both movies and TV, include:

TV Drama Series
Big Love
Grey’s Anatomy
Mad Men
The Tudors

TV Drama Series Actress
• Patricia Arquette, Medium
• Glenn Close, Damages
• Minnie Driver, The Riches
• Edie Falco, The Sopranos
• Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
• Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

TV Drama Series Actor
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter
• Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Hugh Laurie, House
• Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors
• Bill Paxton, Big Love

TV Comedy Series
30 Rock
Pushing Daisies

TV Comedy Series Actress
• Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
• America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
• Tina Fey, 30 Rock
• Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies
• Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

TV Comedy Series Actor
• Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
• Steve Carell, The Office
• David Duchovny, Californication
• Ricky Gervais, Extras
• Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies

Best Motion Picture Drama
American Gangster
Eastern Promises
The Great Debaters
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Across the Universe
Charlie Wilson’s War
Sweeney Todd

Best Actress in a Movie Drama
• Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
• Julie Christie, Away From Her
• Jodie Foster, The Brave One
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
• Keira Knightley, Atonement

Best Actor in a Movie Drama
• George Clooney, Michael Clayton
• Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
• James McAvoy, Atonement
• Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
• Denzel Washington, American Gangster

Best Actress in a Movie Comedy or Musical
• Amy Adams, Enchanted
• Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
• Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd
• Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
• Ellen Page, Juno

Best Actor in a Movie Comedy or Musical
• Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
• Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
• Tom Hanks, Charlie Wilson’s War
• Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages
• John C. Reilly, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Best Supporting Actress
• Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
• Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson’s War
• Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
• Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
• Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actor
• Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
• Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
• Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
• John Travolta, Hairspray
• Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Best Director
• Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
• Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen, No Country for Old Men
• Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
• Ridley Scott, American Gangster
• Joe Wright, Atonement

Best Animated Film
Bee Movie
The Simpsons Movie

Best Foreign Language Film
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France and U.S.)
The Kite Runner (U.S.)
Lust, Caution (Taiwan)
Persepolis (France)

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