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Golden Globe nominees: surprises and no-brainers. Here's what we expected (a parting gift for Sarah Jessica) and what raised our eyebrows (a lucky seven for ''Sideways''!) about this year's list of film and TV contenders

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, ... | GLOBE TROTTERS Sideways ' Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti scored nods
GLOBE TROTTERS Sideways' Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti scored nods

Golden Globe nominees: surprises and no-brainers

The 2005 Golden Globe nominations include some choices we could have predicted before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the list — and a few refreshing surprises. Here are our top five in each category:

SURE THINGS

An even movies spread In such a wide-open awards season, it's no surprise that the nominations were sprinkled among so many films. Among the movies that will vie for at least five awards each at the Jan. 16 ceremony: Sideways, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Closer.

The Aviator takes flight Long, star-packed, and directed by Martin Scorsese, the Howard Hughes biopic is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's dream movie. No wonder it racked up six nominations (the second-most for any film this year), including best picture, director, actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and supporting actress (Cate Blanchett).

Desperate Housewives cleans up With nominations for best series and the entire female cast (except poor Eva Longoria), the ABC ''comedy'' won the most nods of any TV show. But remember, the Globes love to anoint a new hit, and this was certainly the one they'd go for.

Last hurrah for SJP With four Globes already on her mantel, there's no way Sarah Jessica Parker would be missing from the list in her last year of eligibility for Sex and the City. Too bad there was no room for any of the Friends.

A hat trick for Jamie Foxx The year's biggest breakout star scored in all three categories for which he was eligible: Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (Ray), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (Collateral), and Best Actor in a TV Movie (Redemption). Expect two Oscar nominations in his future.

SURPRISES

Sideways comes out on top Seven nods (the most for any movie this year) for a relatively small film without a single A-lister in the cast? Bravo to the HFPA for not being star-struck.

No faith in Mel Gibson The megastar was eligible for Best Foreign Film and Best Director for The Passion of the Christ. Perhaps his decision not to campaign for awards hurt him. In any case, it's a big blow to his Oscar chances.

Entourage gets past the velvet rope Despite its low ratings, the HBO series was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actor (Jeremy Piven). Meanwhile, the cable network's Six Feet Under — a past Globes darling — was inexcusably snubbed.

Only one nomination for Kate Winslet Best Actress in a Comedy for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Of course. But how could the HFPA pour five (deserved) nominations over Finding Neverland and still ignore Winslet's heartbreaking supporting performance?

Nada for James Gandolfini Likewise, four nominations for The Sopranos (including ones for Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and Drea de Matteo), but nothing for Tony himself? Globe voters, watch your backs.

What do you think of this year's Golden Globes nominations?

Originally posted Dec 13, 2004