All the actor in a drama nominees have been nominated previously for Globes, and three of the five (Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Ben Kingsley) have won.
Both of Kingsley’s wins were for his role in “Gandhi,” for which he won best drama actor and new star of the year.
Cruise has the most wins of this year’s crop with three, for “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire” and a supporting actor win for “Magnolia.”
Three of the six drama actress noms have previous Globes noms and wins. Cate Blanchett won for “Elizabeth”; Nicole Kidman has three Globes, and a win for “Cold Mountain” would be her second consecutive win after last year’s “The Hours”; and Uma Thurman has two previous noms, but her only win was for TV work last year on the miniseries “Hysterical Blindness.”
Diane Keaton has eight previous Globes noms, but her only win was for “Annie Hall” in 1977.
Jamie Lee Curtis has five previous noms for TV and film work and has won in both areas, with her series “Anything But Love” and her role in “True Lies,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Helen Mirren is nominated for both a film role and a TV role. She has four previous noms and won in 1996 for “Losing Chase.”
Diane Lane received her second consecutive nomination this year for “Under the Tuscan Sun”; she was nommed last year for “Unfaithful.”
Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and Billy Bob Thornton have all received multiple Globes noms but have never won.
Jack Nicholson, who won last year for “About Schmidt,” could repeat his feat of winning back-to-back Globes in 1974 and 1975 for “Chinatown” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Clint Eastwood has won two honorary Globes and two directing trophies, but has been shut out as an actor both times he was nominated in that category.
Sofia Coppola is the only director candidate with no previous nominations, though her father, Francis Ford Coppola, has been nominated in the category six times and has won twice.
Peter Jackson has been nominated for each installment of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Peter Weir has been nominated as best director four times but his only win was for producing the musical-comedy “Green Card.”
The supporing actress category has with three first-time nominees (Patricia Clarkson, Hope Davis and Maria Bello) going up against powerhouses Holly Hunter (five previous noms, one win) and Renee Zellweger (fourth consecutive nom and two wins).
Alec Baldwin’s nomination is his first for film work; his three previous noms were all for TV miniseries.
Albert Finney’s Globes expertise goes all the way back to 1963, when he won the New Star of the Year award and was nominated for best actor in a musical-comedy for his role in “Tom Jones.”
William H. Macy, Peter Sarsgaard and Ken Watanabe are all first-time nominees.
Richard Curtis and Brian Helgeland both have one previous nomination in this category, Curtis for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and Helgeland for “L.A. Confidential.”
Jim Sheridan gets his first nom in this category, having previously been nominated for directing “The Boxer.”
Danny Elfman and Gabriel Yared have both been previously nominated for films where they worked with the same director: Elfman for Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” and Yared for Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
Hans Zimmer has four previous noms for score and one for best song.
Bono was previously nominated for a song on another Jim Sheridan picture, “In the Name of the Father,” but his only win was with his U2 bandmates last year for “The Hands That Built America,” from Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”
John competed against himself with two nominations for songs from “The Lion King.” His “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” beat out “The Circle of Life” for the win.