Meryl Streep had two nominations, best dramatic actress for
"Doubt" and musical or comedy actress for "Mamma Mia!" Kate Winslet also had
two, best dramatic actress for "
"Heath was a friend of mine," said actor Terrence Howard, a presenter at the nominations ceremony. "He gave his all in that film. I think he will win in that category. He'll also get an Oscar."
"Doubt" also scored supporting nominations for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, plus a screenplay slot for director John Patrick Shanley, who adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
and Robert Downey Jr.
were nominated as supporting actor for "Tropic Thunder." Each played odd roles:
Cruise hidden behind a bald cap, beard and fat suit,
The Harvey Milk film
biography "Milk" also had been at the top of awards watchers' lists
but only grabbed an acting nomination for
One of the year's biggest comedy hits, "Sex and the City," was shut out completely.
While the hit "Mamma Mia!" was among best musical or comedy
nominees, the category was dominated by smaller movies. The other contenders
are "Burn After Reading,"
Clint Eastwood had two music nominations for his "Changeling" score and for co-writing the title song for "Gran Torino." But he missed out on directing nominations for both films and for an acting slot in "Gran Torino," in which he starred.
The animated hits "WALL-E" and "Bolt" had two nominations apiece, for best animated picture and best song, the "WALL-E" tune co-written by Peter Gabriel and the "Bolt" song co-written by Miley Cyrus, who also lent her voice to one of the film's lead characters.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" earned a supporting-actress nomination for Penelope Cruz, and her co-stars Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall each grabbed lead-acting slots in the musical or comedy categories.
Joining Hall and Streep in the musical or comedy actress lineup were Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky,"
Along with Bardem, "In Bruges" stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson both were nominated for best musical or comedy actor. Also chosen were James Franco for "Pineapple Express" and Dustin Hoffman for "Last Chance Harvey."