The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards today, laying out what is generally regarded as a relatively accurate precursor to the Academy Awards nominations.

Among the big winners of the day, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire continues its run through awards season with 4 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led the way though, with 5 nominations, including Brad Pitt’s nomination in the Best Actor category.

Among the individual performers, both Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet scored two nominations. Streep received recognition in both Best Actress categories, Comedy/Musical and Drama, for her performances in Mamma Mia! and Doubt respectively. Winslet was nominated for Best Actress for her performance as the unhappy housewife in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road (also nominated for Best Picture) and Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Nazi sex drama The Reader.

In the race for Best Motion Picture, The Dark Knight was curiously absent, while Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and Stephen Daldry’s The Reader were among the surprise nominations. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was called an “American classic” this week by Steven Spielberg, Revolutionary Road and Slumdog Millionaire rounded out the nominees.

The major surprises in the film category included Tom Cruise’s Best Supporting Actor nom for his small role in Tropic Thunder, one of the most memorable roles of the entire year. As well, Martin McDonagh’s dark crime comedy In Bruges, which played to critical ravings at Sundance made its comeback with 3 nominations.

In the world of television it was Showtime that came out the biggest winner, with Dexter, Weeds and Californiation all recieving nominations in their respective categories. As well, HBO’s fledgling series True Blood scored two nominations, Best TV Series – Drama and Anna Paquin for Best Actress, TV Series – Drama.

The awards will take place Sunday, January 11, 2009, at The Beverly Hilton with a live telecast airing on NBC at 8 PM (EST). You can see the full listing of nominees below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas - I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Leonarod DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell - In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL•E

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden/Denmark)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare – The Reader
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplate – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood – Changeling
James Newton Howard – Defiance
A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer – Frost/Nixon

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Down to Earth” – WALL•E
Music by: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman
Lyrics by: Peter Gabriel
“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino
Music by: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Lyrics by: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt
Music & Lyrics by: Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele
“Once in a Lifetime” – Cadillac Records
“The Wrestler” – The Wrestler

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

“Dexter” (Showtime)
“House” (Fox)
“In Treatment” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Blood” (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field – “Brothers & Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay – “Law & Order: Special Victims”
January Jones – “Mad Men”
Anna Paquin – “True Blood”
Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne – “In Treatment”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
John Hamm – “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie – “House”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers – “The Tudors”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Californication” (Showtime)
“Entourage” (HBO)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Weeds” (Showtime)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Applegate – “Samantha Who?”
America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Debra Messing – “The Starter Wife”
Mary-Louise Parker – “Weeds”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Steve Carell – “The Office”
Kevin Connolly – “Entourage”
David Duchovny – “Californication”
Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“A Raisin in the Sun” (ABC)
“Bernard and Doris” (HBO)
“Cranford” (PBS)
“John Adams” (HBO)
“Recount” (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Judi Dench – “Cranford”
Catherine Keener – “An American Crime”
Laura Linney – “John Adam”
Shirley MacLaine – “Coco Chanel”
Susan Sarandon – “Bernard and Doris”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Ralph Fiennes – “Bernard and Doris”
Paul Giamatti – “John Adams”
Kevin Spacey – “Recount”
Keifer Sutherland – “24: Redemption”
Tom Wilkinson – “Recount”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Eileen Atkins – “Cranford”
Laura Dern – “Recount”
Melissa George – “In Treatment”
Rachel Griffiths – “Brothers & Sisters”
Dianne Wiest – “In Treatment”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Neil Patrick Harris – “How I Met Your Mother”
Denis Leary – “Recount”
Jeremy Piven – “Entourage”
Blair Underwood – “In Treatment”
Tom Wilkinson – “John Adams”


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