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In a wide-open year, it’s interesting to see what was nominated — and almost as interesting to see what wasn’t.

Golden Globe no-shows like “United 93″ and pics with low tallies like “Flags of Our Fathers” can be consoled with the fact that three of last year’s Oscar best pic nominees — “Capote,” “Munich” and eventual winner “Crash” — didn’t receive nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press.

And in many other races, Oscar hopefuls should realize that, due to differing rules between the two orgs, the Academy Awards noms are guaranteed to look very different from the Globes.

Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson”), Ken Watanabe (“Letters From Iwo Jima”) and Ed Norton (“The Painted Veil”) are among those lead actors who can take cheer in the fact that this year’s Oscar race will definitely vary from the Globes: Under Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science rules, Leonardo DiCaprio, a double nominee in the Globes, cannot compete against himself.

Similarly, “Apocalypto” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” could make a difference in two separate Oscar-land categories. Under Golden Globe rules, no foreign-language film is eligible in the best picture races, but both pics were nommed in the Globes foreign-language quintet.

However, in the Oscars, both are eligible as best picture (and every other category), but neither is eligible for foreign-language, since the Academy has no provisions for American-based foreign-language films. That means at least two foreign-language slots are open in the Academy Awards race — good news for a slew of worthy foreign films.

Some films, including “Curse of the Golden Flower,” “Marie Antoinette,” “The Prestige” and “The Painted Veil” can be relieved to realize that, unlike the Globes, Oscars include many technical categories (art direction, costume, cinematography, etc.).

Other omissions from Thursday’s Globe noms include directors Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”), Paul Greengrass (“United 93″), and Pedro Almodovar (“Volver”), while other pics, including “The Good German,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Inside Man” and “Catch a Fire” didn’t catch fire with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

This year’s supporting actor race is particularly strong, and Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamonds”), Adam Beach (“Flags of Our Fathers”), Michael Sheen (“The Queen”), Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children”), Michael Caine (“The Prestige”) and Adam Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are just a few of the thesps missing. As for supporting actresses, Sharon Stone (“Bobby”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Diane Lane (“Hollywoodland”), Catherine O’Hara (“For Your Consideration”) are still in the race.

And the absence of Paramount’s “World Trade Center,” along with “United 93,” means that there will be no 9/11 presence when the Globes are presented.

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