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Golden Globes Best Actress Drama

Record-setting Streep headlines wide range of performances

It’s a groundbreaking year for the Golden Globes.

Meryl Streep’s simultaneous 2008 noms for her lead roles in the drama “Doubt” and the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” break Jack Lemmon’s career record of 22 nominations for a thesp. Streep now claims an awesome 23 — and she doesn’t turn 60 until next year.

For both Streep and Lemmon, some of those citations involve TV work, which only further illustrates their versatility. From “Kramer vs. Kramer” to “The Devil Wears Prada,” the actress claims five Golden Globe wins.

Meanwhile, Streep’s “Prada” co-star, Anne Hathaway, received her first Golden Globe nod for her dramatic work playing a not-so-recovering alcoholic in “Rachel Getting Married.”

Previous nominees and one winner round out the three other lead dramatic actresses cited this year.

As with Hathaway’s turn, “recovery” is the operative word to describe Kristin Scott Thomas’ journey in the French film “I’ve Loved You So Long,” about a woman trying to piece her life back together after a long stint in prison. It’s the only foreign-language perf, male or female, to be in the current Globes running. Ironic or not, the most acclaimed female performance not to be honored with a Globe nom this year would arguably be Melissa Leo’s in “Frozen River,” about a woman about to enter prison.

To have or have not a child figures big into the two other nominated performances: Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” and Kate Winslet in “Revolutionary Road.” Jolie previously won for her supporting role in “Girl, Interrupted,” while Winslet captured impressive sixth and seventh nominations this year, counting also her supporting nom for “The Reader.” If she wins for either perf, it would be her first Globe.

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