The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves its California wines, loves Howard Hughes, and is pretty keen on the guy who played Ray Charles, if the 62nd Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday are any indication.
Sideways, Alexander Payne's offbeat comic romance set in California's wine country, led the field with seven nominations. The Aviator, the Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio epic on the life of Howard Hughes, scored six.
But any way you look at it, Jamie Foxx was on the association's mind. Foxx, the former comic star of such B-pictures as Booty Call, broke out with three nominations for different works, a first for the Golden Globes. He's up for best supporting actor for playing a kidnapped taxi driver in Collateral, best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Redemption, and best actor for his impersonation of the late soul singer Ray Charles in Ray.
The Globes, given out by the 90-member press group, feature awards in 13 film and 11 TV categories. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 on WBAL, Channel 11.
On the TV side, ABC's Desperate Housewives made out like ... a desperate housewife, with Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross nominated in the best actress, musical or comedy category. It is also up for best comedy or musical series.
But TV is not where the Globes' true influence lies. Historically, these awards have been a good early indicator for the Academy Awards. The Globes split the dramatic and comic best-picture and best-actor/actress awards, giving the association 10 chances to pick five best picture and five best actress or actor nominees. What the Globes traditionally do is narrow the field, figuring out, with a few exceptions, who is out of the running for an Oscar a month before Oscar nominations are announced. Among those left out this year: Jeff Bridges' ballyhooed performance in The Door in the Floor.
In the best actor, musical or comedy category, Foxx will be up against former In Living Color cast mate Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Kevin Kline (De-Lovely) and Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea).
Annette Bening (Being Julia) will compete with Ashley Judd (De-Lovely), Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera), Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) in the best actress in a musical or comedy.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda), Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland) and Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside) will compete for the best actor in a film drama category.
Scarlett Johansson (A Love Song for Bobby Long), Nicole Kidman (Birth), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Uma Thurman (Kill Bill Vol. 2) are up for best actress in a drama.
The best picture drama nominees are The Aviator, Closer, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Kinsey and Hotel Rwanda. While big holiday films from Scorsese (Aviator) and Mike Nichols (Closer) are an easy bet for awards, the low-budget Rwanda, about a hotel manager (Cheadle) who took in refugees during the Rwandan genocide, is a surprise.
The vast majority of this year's nominees came from the late fall and holiday season, with Eternal Sunshine and Kill Bill Vol. 2 being the movies with the longest shelf-life. They both came out last spring. The vast majority of nominated movies have not yet come out in most of the country.
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