Globes: 'Beauty' Leads Field

In a year in which there are no clear-cut front-runners in the Oscar race (as opposed to last year’s “Saving Private Ryan” and “Shakespeare in Love” rivalry), some hints of who will take home Academy Awards on March 26 were given this morning with the announcement of the 57th annual Golden Globe nominations for both movies and TV shows. In film, it’s looks like a toss-up between contenders “American Beauty,” which leads the field with six nominations (including actor Kevin Spacey, director Sam Mendes and best picture), “The Insider” (five nominations, including actor Russell Crowe, director Michael Mann and picture) and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (actor Matt Damon, director Anthony Minghella and picture). Other best dramatic picture nominees are “The End of the Affair” and the yet-to-be-released “The Hurricane.” “The Green Mile” and its star, Tom Hanks, were shut out of the top nominations, as were “Angela’s Ashes,” “Anna and the King,” “Magnolia” and “The Sixth Sense.” Julianne Moore has the distinction of being nominated for best actress in a comedy (“An Ideal Husband”) and in a drama (“The End of the Affair”). The Globes, voted upon by the 100-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will air on NBC on Jan. 23.

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