‘Atonement’ Leads Golden Globe Nominations

British film Atonement leads the nominations for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards with nods in seven categories. 

Keira Knightley has been shortlisted for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for the romantic epic, and her costar James McAvoy picked up the same honor in the Best Actor category. Joe Wright has also received a Best Director nod for the critically lauded adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel.

Atonement will be competing for the coveted Best Motion Picture (Drama) award with American Gangster, Eastern Promises, The Great DebatersNo Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.

Hollywood star George Clooney joins McAvoy in the running for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) prize for his role in Michael Clayton, as do Daniel Day-Lewis, for There Will Be Blood; Viggo Mortensen, for Eastern Promises; and Denzel Washington, for American Gangster.

Knightley will be battling it out with Cate Blanchett, for Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Angelina Jolie, for A Mighty Heart; Julie Christie, for Away From Her; and Jodie Foster, for The Brave One

Sweeney Todd has been nominated for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director for Tim Burton and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for Johnny Depp. Depp will be up against Ryan Gosling, for Lars and the Real Girl; Tom Hanks, for Charlie Wilson’s War; Philip Seymour Hoffman, for The Savages; and John C. Reilly, for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) are Amy Adams, for Enchanted; Nikki Blonsky, for Hairspray; Helena Bonham Carter, for Sweeney Todd; Marion Cotillard, for La Vie En Rose; and Ellen Page, for Juno.

Ridley Scott, for American GangsterEthan Coen and Joel Coen, for No Country for Old Men; and Julian Schnabel, for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, will be in the running with Wright and Burton for the Best Director prize.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Jan. 13.

(Click here for the complete list of nominations.)