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'Babel' Towers over Rivals in Golden Globe Nominations

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Dec 14, 2006 | 6:23am EST

Ensemble drama Babel leads the nominations at next year's Golden Globe Awards, boasting seven nods including Best Dramatic Picture and an acting accolade for star Brad Pitt.

The film, spanning several countries telling four interrelated stories, sees Pitt praised in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. He'll battle it out alongside Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) and Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), as well as The Departed co-stars Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The mob thriller earned a total of six nominations today.

Babel's Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza also received supporting acting nods, along with Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal, Emily Blunt for The Devil Wears Prada and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls.

But it's Leonardo DiCaprio who looks most likely to convert an acting nomination into a trophy after being named twice in the Best Actor category.

His performances in The Departed and Blood Diamond are up against Peter O'Toole's in Venus, Will Smith's in The Pursuit of Happyness and Forest Whitaker's portrayal of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

Actor-turned-director Clint Eastwood is another star with a double reason to celebrate--Flags of Our Fathers competes against his other war film Letters from Iwo Jima in the Best Director category.

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren stands to win three awards at the star-studded Hollywood ceremony next month. Her role as monarch-in-crisis Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen pits her against another veteran British actress, Judi Dench, for Notes on a Scandal. Penelope Cruz is also a strong contender for Best Actress in Volver, as well Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby) and Kate Winslet in the suburban drama Little Children.

Mirren's other nods are for small-screen work--her roles in Prime Suspect: The Final Act and period piece Elizabeth I could see her pick up a Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Both films will compete for Best TV Mini-Series alongside the star-studded adaptation of Charles Dickens' complicated crime masterpiece Bleak House, Broken Trail and Mrs. Harris.

There were no surprises in the most popular TV categories with 24, Big Love, Lost, Heroes, and hospital drama Grey's Anatomy all in with a chance to win the Best Drama Prize, and Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Office, Ugly Betty and Weeds battling it out for the Best Comedy or Musical.

Last month it was revealed Hollywood legend Warren Beatty is to be honored with the 64th Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. It will be Beatty's sixth Globe.

The awards are given out annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and are a key indicator of which movies will compete for the Academy Awards, the film industry's top honors.

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Best Motion Picture – Drama

Babel

Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De ZetaFilm/Central Film Production; ParamountPictures/Paramount Vantage

Bobby

Bold Films; The Weinstein Company

The Departed

Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

Little Children

New Line Cinema; New Line Cinema

The Queen

A GranadaProduction; Miramax Films

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Penélope Cruz

Volver

Judi Dench

Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Sherrybaby

Helen Mirren

The Queen

Kate Winslet

Little Children

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

Leonardo Dicaprio

Blood Diamond

Leonardo Dicaprio

The Departed

Peter O’toole

Venus

Will Smith

The Pursuit Of Happyness

Forest Whitaker

The Last King Of Scotland

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of AmericaFor Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

One America;Twentieth Century Fox

The Devil Wears Prada

Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

Dreamgirls

Dreamworks Pictures/Paramount Pictures; DreamworksPictures/Paramount Pictures

Little Miss Sunshine

Big Beach/Bonafide Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures

Thank You For Smoking

Room 9 Entertainment/David O. Sacks Production/ContentFilm; Fox Searchlight Pictures

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture –Comedy Or Musical

Annette Bening

Running With Scissors

Toni Collette

Little Miss Sunshine

Beyoncé Knowles

Dreamgirls

Meryl Streep

The Devil Wears Prada

Renee Zellweger

Miss Potter

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – ComedyOr Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of AmericaFor Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

Johnny Depp

Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest

Aaron Eckhart

Thank You For Smoking

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Kinky Boots

Will Ferrell

Stranger Than Fiction

Best Animated Feature Film

Cars

Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Happy Feet

Kingdom Pictures, Llc; Warner Bros. Pictures/VillageRoadshow Pictures

Monster House

ColumbiaPictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

Best Foreign Language Film

Apocalypto (USA)

Touchstone Pictures/Icon Productions; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Letters From Iwo Jima(USA/Japan)

Warner Bros. Pictures/Dreamworks Pictures; Warner Bros.Pictures

The Lives Of Others (Germany)

Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion; Sony PicturesClassics

Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico)

Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto; Picturehouse

Volver (Spain)

El Deseo; Sony Pictures Classics

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In AMotion Picture

Adriana Barraza

Babel

Cate Blanchett

Notes On A Scandal

Emily Blunt

The Devil Wears Prada

Jennifer Hudson

Dreamgirls

Rinko Kikuchi

Babel

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In AMotion Picture

Ben Affleck

Hollywoodland

Eddie Murphy

Dreamgirls

Jack Nicholson

The Departed

Brad Pitt

Babel

Mark Wahlberg

The Departed

Best Director – Motion Picture

Clint Eastwood

Flags Of Our Fathers

Clint Eastwood

Letters From Iwo Jima

Stephen Frears

The Queen

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

Babel

Martin Scorsese

The Departed

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Guillermo Arriaga

Babel

Todd Field & Tom Perrotta

Little Children

Patrick Marber

Notes On A Scandal

William Monahan

The Departed

Peter Morgan

The Queen

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat

The Painted Veil

Clint Mansell

The Fountain

Gustavo Santaolalla

Babel

Carlo Siliotto

Nomad

Hans Zimmer

The Da Vinci Code

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“A Father’s Way” — The Pursuit Of Happyness

Music By: Seal And Christopher Bruce

Lyrics By: Seal

“Listen” — Dreamgirls

Music & Lyrics By: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, ScottCutler And Beyoncé Knowles

“Never Gonna Break My Faith” — Bobby

Music & Lyrics By: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy AndAndrea Remanda

“The Song Of The Heart” — Happy Feet

Music & Lyrics By: Prince Rogers Nelson

“Try Not To Remember” — Home Of The Brave

Music & Lyrics By:Sheryl Crow

Best Television Series – Drama

24 (Fox)

Imagine Television And 20th Century Fox Television I.A.W.Real Time Prods.

Big Love (HBO)

Anima Sola And Playtone Prods. I.A.W. HBO Entertainment

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Touchstone Television

Heroes (NBC)

Nbc Universal Television Studios I.A.W. Tailwind Prods.

Lost (ABC)

Touchstone Television

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series –Drama

Patricia Arquette

Medium

Edie Falco

The Sopranos

Evangeline Lilly

Lost

Ellen Pompeo

Grey’s Anatomy

Kyra Sedgwick

The Closer

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Patrick Dempsey

Grey’s Anatomy

Michael C. Hall

Dexter

Hugh Laurie

House

Bill Paxton

Big Love

Kiefer Sutherland

24

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

DesperateHousewives (ABC)

Touchstone Television

Entourage (HBO)

Leverage And Closest To The Hole Prods. I.A.W. HboEntertainment

The Office (NBC)

Deedle Dee Prods. WithReveille I.A.W. Nbc Universal Television Studio

Ugly Betty (ABC)

Touchstone Television

Weeds (Showtime)

Showtime I.A.W. Lionsgate Television And Tilted Prods., Inc.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series –ComedyOr Musical

Marcia Cross

Desperate Housewives

AmericaFerrera

Ugly Betty

Felicity Huffman

Desperate Housewives

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The New Adventures Of Old Christine

Mary-Louise Parker

Weeds

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – ComedyOr Musical

Alec Baldwin

30 Rock

Zach Braff

Scrubs

Steve Carrell

The Office

Jason Lee

My Name Is Earl

Tony Shalhoub

Monk

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Bleak House (PBS)

Bbc And Wgbh BostonProd. I.A.W. Deep Indigo

Broken Trail (AMC)

Butchers Run Films And Once Upon A Time Films I.A.W. SonyPictures Television

Elizabeth I (HBO)

Company Pictures And Channel 4 I.A.W. Hbo Films

Mrs. Harris (HBO)

Killer Films, Number 9 Films And John Wells Prod. I.A.W. HboFilms

Prime Suspect: The Final Act (PBS)

GranadaAnd Wgbh-Boston Prod.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or MotionPicture Made For Television

Gillian Anderson

Bleak House

Annette Bening

Mrs. Harris

Helen Mirren

Elizabeth I

Helen Mirren

Prime Suspect: The Final Act

Sophie Okonedo

Tsunami, The Aftermath

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or MotionPicture Made For Television

André Braugher

Thief

Robert Duvall

Broken Trail

Michael Ealy

Sleeper Cell: American Terror

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Tsunami, The Aftermath

Ben Kingsley

Mrs. Harris

Bill Nighy

Gideon’s Daughter

Matthew Perry

The Ron Clark Story

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In ASeries, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Emily Blunt

Gideon’s Daughter

Toni Collette

Tsunami, The Aftermath

Katherine Heigl

Grey’s Anatomy

Sarah Paulson

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip

Elizabeth Perkins

Weeds

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In ASeries, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Thomas Haden Church

Broken Trail

Jeremy Irons

Elizabeth I

Justin Kirk

Weeds

Masi Oka

Heroes

Jeremy Piven

Entourage

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