BEVERLY HILLS -- The nominees for the 67th Golden Globe Awards were announced Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills with the recession-era film "Up in the Air" leading the pack, gathering six nods.

Singer-actor Justin Timberlake, actor John Krasinski from the NBC comedy "The Office" and Diane Kruger, who played German actress-turned-saboteur Bridget von Hammersmark in " Inglourious Basterds" joined Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in announcing the nominations at the Beverly Hilton.

Other drama picks are the space fantasy "Avatar," the Iraq War tale "The Hurt Locker," the World War II saga "Inglourious Basterds" and the Harlem drama "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire."

The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

On the television side, the lighthearted episodic show "Glee" received four nominations followed by a slew of shows earning three nominations each, including perennial favorite "30 Rock," the offbeat "Big Love," "Damages," "Dexter," "Georgia O'Keefe," "Grey Gardens," "Into the Storm" and AMC's "Mad Men."

The nominees for best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie are: Sandra Bullock ("The Proposal"), Marion Cotillard ("Nine"), Julia Roberts ("Duplicity") and Meryl Streep twice, for "Julie & Julia" and "It's Complicated."

The nominees for best TV drama actress are: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX; January Jones, "Mad Men," AMC; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS; Anna Paquin, "True Blood," HBO; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT.

Other dramatic actress nominees were Emily Blunt as Britain's monarch in her early reign in "The Young Victoria," Helen Mirren as the imperious wife of Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," Carey Mulligan as a 1960s British teen in an affair with an older man in "An Education" and Gabourey Sidibe as an illiterate, abused teen turning her life around in "Precious."

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes have two categories for best picture -- one for musicals and comedies, the other for dramas.

The Golden Globe Awards are often promoted as an early indicator of who will win on Oscar night, but 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire" is the only Golden Globe best picture winner that has gone on to win the best picture Academy Award in the past five years.

Since the Golden Globes adopted the split drama/music format in 1963, 67.4 percent of the films that ended up with best picture Academy Awards had first received a Golden Globe.

The drama winner has gone on to win best picture 25 of 46 times -- 54.3 percent -- while the musical or comedy winner has won six times at the Oscars, including each of the first three years.

The credibility of the Golden Globe Awards has long been questioned because of the relatively small membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which determines the awards.

The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton, with Ricky Gervais hosting the show.


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