Globes noms all about booze and Hughes

'Sideways,' 'Aviator' fly as Foxx triples

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“Sideways” had plenty to toast, “The Aviator” is flying high, and Jamie Foxx rewrote the record books as the 62nd annual Golden Globe nominations were an-nounced Monday.

Fox Searchlight’s wine lover’s road pic scored seven noms, followed by Miramax’s Howard Hughes biopic with six. Sony’s “Closer,” Miramax’s “Finding Neverland” and Warner Bros.’ “Million Dollar Baby” drew five apiece, and Focus’ “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” nabbed four.

Marking a single-year record, Foxx was nominated in three acting categories: actor in a musical/comedy for “Ray,” from Universal and Bristol Bay Prods.; supporting actor for DreamWorks’ “Collateral”; and actor in a telepic/miniseries for “Redemption.”

Clint Eastwood also received three noms, all for “Million Dollar Baby”: as director, composer and a producer.

On the TV side, HBO as usual led, with 20 nominations. Newly resurgent ABC was runner-up with nine noms, including five for “Desperate Housewives,” the most for any single show.

But TV noms are always overshadowed by film bids due to the pre-Oscar timing. The attention this year fromthe Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is even more crucial than usual given the compressed awards season and the wide-open year.

A week ago, the studios were hopeful but nervous as there were no clear frontrunners, few shoo-ins and no “Lord of the Rings” to pace the race.

This week’s results provide a boost to some films, particularly the slew of smaller ones that need kudos attention to stand out from the crowd. AFI and L.A. and Boston film critics announced honors over the weekend; on Monday, aside from the Golden Globes, New York and San Francisco critics unveiled their winners. The Broadcast Film Critics will announce noms Wednesday.

The top scorers in the Globes have also been scoring well with other groups. Aside from the six pics earning the most noms, three bids apiece went to MGM/UA’s “Hotel Rwanda,” Fox Searchlight’s “Kinsey” and Warners’ “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.”

The HFPA seemed to have something for everyone this year, spreading the wealth among 30 films, with a whopping 17 of them earning one nom apiece.

In a sign of tight voting and the wide-open race, six pics made it into the drama category: “Aviator,” “Closer,” “Finding Neverland,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Kinsey” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

For musical or comedy, “Sideways,” “Eternal Sunshine,” “Phantom” and “Ray” were joined by Walt Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles.”

Aside from “Incredibles,” none of the films nominated for best picture is yet a blockbuster. In fact, many of the year’s biggest grossers were not cited; those omitted ranged from Newmarket’s “The Passion of the Christ” to Sony’s “Spider-Man 2” and WB’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The HFPA had previously announced that none of this year’s docus, including “Fahrenheit 9/11,” would be considered eligible.

Bill Condon, writer-director of Fox Searchlight double nominee “Kinsey,” summed up the importance of kudos recognition: “We’re a small film on under 200 screens. All of this hoohah is very helpful to get moving, hopefully, and in front of a wider audience.”

“Sideways” producer Michael London agreed. “To be leading the pack is huge for such a small movie. It’s fabulous when they’re singling out such small mov-ies. It tells me there’s hope for the future.”

Searchlight topper Peter Rice added, “We’re incredibly proud that our two movies would be honored in this way. They’re not spectacles, they’re humanistic movies.”

Harvey Weinstein, co-chair of Miramax, which standardized the strategy of dovetailing kudos and marketing campaigns, said the noms for “Finding Never-land” and “The Aviator” will be a boon.

“These Golden Globe nominations will make us add 500 screens to ‘Finding Neverland,’ ” he said. “It’s a big boost to ‘The Aviator.’ Foreign (openings are) coming in January, and the Golden Globes will kick off a lot of excitement in the four territories we control.”

While there was plenty of celebrating for the specialty divisions at major studios, true indies were primarily left out in the cold. Only unaffiliated studio to score noms was Lions Gate, which saw Scarlett Johansson cited for “A Love Song for Bobby Long” and Kevin Spacey in “Beyond the Sea.” (Lions Gate also shares credit on “Hotel Rwanda,” which it is distribbing overseas via Lions Gate Intl.)

Newmarket, which watched Charlize Theron win best actress for “Monster” last year, was shut out of the Globes.

The noms were clearly dominated by fourth-quarter films, including many that haven’t yet bowed: “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Aviator,” “Hotel Rwanda” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

However, the HFPA didn’t forget some pics that opened in the first half of the year, including “Eternal Sunshine,” “De-Lovely” and “Kill Bill Vol. 2.”

“It’s nice to be remembered,” said “Eternal” scribe Charlie Kaufman, “especially for a movie that’s about forgetting.”

Focus co-prexy David Linde said “Eternal” has had “its theatrical validation, and it’s very exciting to see that translated into awards validation.”

He added that the lock on noms by the so-called dependents also validated companies like Focus, UA and Searchlight. “These divisions are creatively mature in terms of making movies,” he said. “They’re obviously hitting their stride.”

Michael Barker, co-topper of Sony Pictures Classics, handicapped the Globes nom for its “House of Flying Daggers” and Annette Bening (“Being Julia”) as well as critics groups’ salutes for “Bad Education.”

“There are a lot of good movies this year, with a lot of diversity,” said Barker. “It’s an especially rich year for foreign-language films. And the absence of a major frontrunner means a wide-open race in so many categories.”

In the foreign-language category, the HFPA stuck with the best-known foreign-lingo pics of the year. And it’s interesting that the HFPA, a group composed of L.A.-based scribes who write for overseas publications, rarely nominates foreign-lingo talent. Sole exception this year was Javier Bardem, who received an actor nom for Fine Line’s “The Sea Inside.”

“Motorcycle Diaries” and “Long Engagement” will compete in all Oscar categories except foreign film because of the Academy’s eligibility rule re-quirements.

In a year heavy with biopics, eight of the 10 leading actor contenders are playing real people.

There were some surprise inclusions, such as the drama actress bids for Nicole Kidman in “Birth” (Fine Line), Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill Vol. 2” (Miramax) and Johansson for “Bobby Long.”

Sony was also pleasantly surprised by the five noms “Closer” received — drama, director for Mike Nichols, script for Patrick Marber and supporting actor noms for Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. “It’s nice for the group,” Nichols said, “especially for a film that isn’t all sunny.”

Some eyebrows were raised when “Ray” was categorized as a musical, but helmer Taylor Hackford said that’s where the pic belongs. “I’ve always thought of it as a musical,” he said. “It’s not a traditional singing-hall musical, but it’s in that vein. There are over 35 songs in there.”

Globes have been a predictor of Academy voting: In 10 of the past 11 years, one of the HFPA’s two best-pic winners has taken the top Oscar. Last year, when “Lord of the Rings” swept, the Globes had a particularly good rate of accuracy. The orgs differed on foreign films but exact comparisons are impossible, since the Globes split three key categories.

The correlation between Oscar and Globe nominations, however, is less than predictive. Last year, “Cold Mountain” led the Globes noms with eight but failed to score a best-pic nom in the Oscars.

Sony Classics’ Barker added that the company has Oscar hopes for its pics, even those not cited by the HFPA. “It’s not unusual for films to get little attention from the Golden Globes but then get key Oscar nominations. There’s always room for differences of opinion among various awards groups, and there are always surprises.”

Those shut out from the Globes have been known to go on to Oscar gold. “The Pianist” helmer Roman Polanski and the trio of scripters for last year’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” for example, wound up winning Oscars although they weren’t even nominated for the Globes.

While many tout the Globes as an Oscar bellwether, the HFPA wants to be appreciated on its own, and the org is gaining ground on that front. Globes have be-come a favorite perch for studios to tout their upcoming releases. And the ceremony and after-kudos fetes thrown by the studios are known to be among the most laid-back and enjoyable kudos events of the year for all involved.

Globes kudocast is skedded for Jan. 16, a week earlier than usual, at the Beverly Hilton, and will be carried live on NBC.

And the nominees are…

MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA

“The Aviator”
“Closer”
“Finding Neverland”
“Hotel Rwanda”
“Kinsey”
“Million Dollar Baby”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA

Scarlett Johansson — “A Love Story for Bobby Long”
Nicole Kidman — “Birth”
Imelda Staunton — “Vera Drake”
Hilary Swank — “Million Dollar Baby”
Uma Thurman — “Kill Bill – Vol. 2”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Javier Bardem — “The Sea Inside”
Don Cheadle — “Hotel Rwanda”
Johnny Depp — “Finding Neverland”
Leonardo DiCaprio –“The Aviator”
Liam Neeson — “Kinsey”

MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
“The Incredibles”
“Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera”
“Ray”
“Sideways”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Annette Bening — “Being Julia”
Ashley Judd — “De-Lovely”
Emmy Rossum — “Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera”
Kate Winslet — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
Renee Zellweger — “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE -MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jim Carrey — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
Jamie Foxx — “Ray”
Paul Giamatti — “Sideways”
Kevin Kline — “De-Lovely”
Kevin Spacey — “Beyond the Sea”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Chorus” (“Les Choristes”) (France)
“House of Flying Daggers” (China)
“The Motorcycle Diaries” (Brazil)
“The Sea Inside” (Spain)
“A Very Long Engagement” (France)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Cate Blanchett — “The Aviator”
Laura Linney — “Kinsey”
Virginia Madsen — “Sideways”
Natalie Portman — “Closer”
Meryl Streep — “The Manchurian Candidate”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

David Carradine — “Kill Bill – Vol. 2”
Thomas Haden-Church — “Sideways”
Jamie Foxx — “Collateral”
Morgan Freeman — “Million Dollar Baby”
Clive Owen — “Closer”

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Clint Eastwood — “Million Dollar Baby”
Marc Forster — “Finding Neverland”
Mike Nichols — “Closer”
Alexander Payne — “Sideways”
Martin Scorsese — “The Aviator”

SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Charlie Kaufman — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
John Logan — “The Aviator”
David Magee — “Finding Neverland”
Patrick Marber — “Closer”
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor — “Sideways”

ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Clint Eastwood — “Million Dollar Baby”
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek — “Finding Neverland”
Rolfe Kent — “Sideways”
Howard Shore — “The Aviator”
Hans Zimmer — “Spanglish”

ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“Accidentally in Love” — “Shrek 2”
Music & Lyrics by: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley&David Bryson
“Belive” — “The Polar Express”
Music & Lyrics by: Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri
“Learn to be Lonely” — “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera”
Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Charles Hart
“Million Voices” — “Hotel Rwanda”
Music by: Wyclef Jean, Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis, Andrea Guerra
Lyrics by: Wyclef Jean
“Old Habits Die Hard” — “Alfie”
Music & Lyrics by: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart

TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

“24” (FOX)
“Deadwood” (HBO)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Nip/Tuck” (FX)
“The Sopranos” (HBO)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Edie Falco — “The Sopranos”
Jennifer Garner — “Alias”
Mariska Hargitay — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Christine Lahti — “Jack & Bobby”
Joely Richardson — “Nip/Tuck”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Michael Chiklis — “The Shield”
Denis Leary — “Rescue Me”
Julian McMahon — “Nip/Tuck”
Ian McShane — “Deadwood”
James Spader — “Boston Legal”

TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Arrested Development” (FOX)
“Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
“Entourage” (HBO)
“Sex and the City” (HBO)
“Will & Grace” (NBC)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Marcia Cross — “Desperate Housewives”
Teri Hatcher — “Desperate Housewives”
Felicity Huffman — “Desperate Housewives”
Debra Messing — “Will & Grace”
Sarah Jessica Parker — “Sex and the City”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jason Bateman — “Arrested Development”
Zach Braff — “Scrubs”
Larry David — “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Matt LeBlanc — “Joey”
Tony Shalhoub — “Monk”
Charlie Sheen — “Two and a Half Men”

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

“American Family — Journey of Dreams” (PBS)
“Iron Jawed Angels” (HBO)
“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (HBO)
“The Lion in Winter” (Showtime)
“Something the Lord Made” (HBO)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Glenn Close — “The Lion in Winter”
Blythe Danner — “Back When We Were Grown Ups”
Julianna Margulies — “The Grid”
Miranda Richardson — “The Lost Prince”
Hilary Swank — “Iron Jawed Angels”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Mos Def — “Something the Lord Made”
Jamie Foxx — “Redemption”
William H. Macy — “The Wool Cap”
Geoffrey Rush — “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”
Patrick Stewart — “The Lion in Winter”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Drea de Matteo — “The Sopranos”
Anjelica Huston — “Iron Jawed Angels”
Nicollette Sheridan — “Desperate Housewives”
Charlize Theron — “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”
Emily Watson — “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Sean Hayes — “Will & Grace”
Michael Imperioli — “The Sopranos”
Jeremy Piven — “Entourage”
Oliver Platt — “Huff”
William Shatner — “Boston Legal”

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