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The Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today. Although the organisation behind them is often regarded as something of a joke, they are often an important indicator of what might happen at the Oscars.

This year the frontrunners are Babel (7 nominations), The Departed (6 nominations), Dreamgirls (5 nominations) and The Queen (4 nominations).

The absence of United 93 and Children of Men from this list is very disappointing but if they keep getting nods from critics groups they could still figure at the Oscars.
Here is the full list of film nomitnations:

Best Film – Drama
The Departed
Little Children
The Queen

Best Film – Musical Or Comedy
Little Miss Sunshine
The Devil Wears Prada
Thank You For Smoking

Best Director
Clint Eastwood – Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood – Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears – The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel
Martin Scorsese – The Departed

Best Actress – Drama

Penelope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Sherrybaby
Kate Winslet – Little Children
Helen Mirren – The Queen

Best Actor – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening – Running With Scissors
Toni Collette – Little Miss Sunshine
Beyonce Knowles – Dreamgirls
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Renee Zellweger – Miss Potter

Best Actor – Musical Or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean
Aaron Eckhart – Thank You for Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Kinky Boots
Will Ferrell – Stranger than Fiction

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Emily Blunt – The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel

Best Supporting Actor
Ben Affleck – Hollywoodland
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson – The Departed
Brad Pitt – Babel
Mark Wahlberg – The Departed

Best Foreign Language Film
Apocalypto (US)
Letters From Iwo Jima (US)
The Lives of Others (Germany)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico)
Volver (Spain)

Best Animated Film
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Screenplay
Guillermo Arriaga – Babel
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta – Little Children
Patrick Marber – Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan – The Departed
Peter Morgan – The Queen

Best Original Song
Listen – Dreamgirls
Never Gonna Break My Faith – Bobby
The Song of the Heart – Happy Feet
Try Not to Remember – Home of the Brave
A Father’s Way – The Pursuit of Happyness

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil
Clint Mansell – The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla – Babel
Carlo Siliotto – Nomad
Hans Zimmer – The Da Vinci Code

> Official site of the Golden Globes
> Brian Lowry of Variety provides some analysis of the nominations
> Pete Hammond at Hollywood Wiretap has his take