Clint Eastwood’s ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ Leads Satellite Awards Nominations

Clint Eastwood‘s war epic Flags of Our Fathers, musical Dreamgirls and Babel have emerged as early Oscars favorites after picking up 26 Satellite Awards nominations between them.

The stunning Iwo Jima battle sequences in Eastwood‘s new film earned the project a string of technical nominations among it’s 10-honor haul, while Dreamgirls picked up two Original Song nominations and nods for stars Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles.

Babel, which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, earned seven award nominations, but only Rinko Kikuchi is named in the acting categories, securing a Best Supporting Actress honor for her role.

Leonardo DiCaprio earned two acting nominations–a Best Actor nod for Blood Diamond and a Best Supporting Actor honor for The Departed.

And controversy seems to have served Sacha Baron Cohen and Mel Gibson well–the British funnyman landed a Best Actor nod in the Comedy or Musical category, while Gibson‘s Apocalypto is among the Best Foreign Film nominees.

In the Satellite Awards’ TV categories, acclaimed new drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and the Salma Hayek-produced Ugly Betty lead the way with four nominations apiece.

Secured for honors at the International Press Association gala on Dec. 17 are the cast of The Departed (Best Ensemble, Motion Picture), the cast of medical TV drama Grey’s Anatomy (Best Ensemble, Television) and actor Martin Landau, who will be presented with the Satellites’ Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.

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