It's lonely at the top, as co-stars suffer virtual shutout

There were no big surprises among the five thesps nommed for a lead actor Golden Globe in the drama category, but what’s more unexpected is how much weight was put on these individuals’ shoulders and how little was given to each of the actor’s fellow co-stars.

Frank Langella, nominated for his role in “Frost/Nixon” as Richard Nixon, saw titular co-star Michael Sheen left out of the spotlight. Brad Pitt earned appreciation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for his role in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but his two most prominent onscreen cohorts, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson, were shunned.

Four-time Globe nominee Sean Penn, who was joined in each of the those previous nominations by at least one other individual from the same film, was the sole choice this time around from “Milk,” despite the presence of Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch and others.

Among the five drama lead actor nominees, only two, Mickey Rourke of “The Wrestler” and Leonardo DiCaprio of “Revolutionary Road,” had co-stars (Marisa Tomei and Kate Winslet, respectively) receive the same recognition for their respected films.

And even DiCaprio and Winslet co-star Michael Shannon, as clinically insane neighbor John Givings, missed the cut despite a perf that received as much critical acclaim as his two fellow thesps.

Similar amounts of singularity took place among drama lead actresses as well. Besides Winslet in “Revolutionary Road,” Meryl Streep of “Doubt” was the only other nominee from that category to see a co-star win the same gratitude.

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