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Golden Globe Nominations Announced

13 Dec, 2004 By: Gregg Kilday

Alexander Payne's Sideways, a tour through Southern California wine country in which two old friends come to terms with their lives, intoxicated the voters at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which rewarded the rueful comedy with seven Golden Globe nominations, announced Monday morning.

Sideways, which earned a best comedy nom along with mentions for its actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, dominated a crowded field for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards, which also saw the drama The Aviator score six nominations, while Closer, Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby took five nominations each.

Jamie Foxx stood out from his fellow actors, earning three nominations -- best actor in a comedy for his performance as the late performer Ray Charles in Ray, best supporting actor for his turn as an embattled taxi driver in the moody thriller Collateral, and best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture for Redemption. Hilary Swank hit a double, earning a film nomination as best actress in a drama for playing a young woman who enters the boxing ring in Million Dollar Baby, and a TV nomination as best actress for a miniseries or motion picture for Iron Jawed Angels.

In the television competition, the new ABC hit "Desperate Housewives" distinguished itself by taking three of the noms in the best actress in a comedy category for Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, a supporting nomination for Nicollette Sheridan, and a nom as best TV comedy.

The best dramatic actor race will take place among Javier Bardem for The Sea Inside, Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda,"Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator and Liam Neeson for Kinsey.

The best dramatic actress list includes Scarlett Johansson for A Love Song for Bobby Long, Nicole Kidman for Birth, Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake, Swank for Million Dollar Baby, and Uma Thurman for Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

The films competing for best drama are The Aviator, Closer, Finding Neverland, Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey and Million Dollar Baby.In the eclectic musical or comedy category, the contenders are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Incredibles, The Phantom of the Opera, Ray and Sideways.

For best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy, the HFPA nominated Annette Bening for Being Julia, Ashley Judd for De-Lovely, Emmy Rossum for Phantom of the Opera, Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Renee Zellweger for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

On the male side, the comedy contenders are Jim Carrey for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Foxx for Ray, Giamatti for Sideways, Kevin Kline for De-Lovely and Kevin Spacey for

In the supporting actor contest, David Carradine of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 will face off against Church for Sideways, Foxx for Collateral, Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby and Clive Owen for Closer.

The supporting actress nominees are Cate Blanchett for The Aviator, Laura Linney for Kinsey, Madsen for Sideways, Natalie Portman for Closer and Meryl Streep for The Manchurian Candidate.

The list of best director nominees includes Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby, Marc Forster for Finding Neverland, Mike Nichols for Closer, Alexander Payne for Sideways and Martin Scorsese for The Aviator.

Eastwood also received a motion picture score nomination for his work on Million Dollar Baby. Other nominees in the category are Jan A.P. Kaczmarek for Finding Neverland, Rolfe Kent for Sideways, Howard Shore for The Aviator and Hans Zimmer for Spanglish.

Motion picture screenplay nominees are Charlie Kaufman for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, John Logan for The Aviator, David Magee for Finding Neverland, Patrick Marber for Closer and Payne and Jim Taylor for Sideways.

Mel Gibson failed to nab a foreign language film nomination for The Passion of the Christ. Instead, nominations went to Les Choristes (France); House of Flying Daggers (China); The Motorcycle Diaries (Brazil); The Sea Inside (Spain) and A Very Long Engagement (France).

In the original song competition, nominated tunes include "Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2, “Believe" from The Polar Express, "Learn to Be Lonely" from The Phantom of the Opera, “Million Voices” from Hotel Rwanda and "Old Habits Die Hard" from Alfie.

Winners of the Golden Globes will be announced Jan. 16, at ceremonies to be broadcast live by NBC.

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