''Babel'' leads Globes, as expected
As usual, the Golden Globe movie nominations offered their fair share of surprises and expected sure things. Here are our top five in each category:
Babel dominates The riveting international drama scored seven nominations the most for any movie including Best Picture and acting nods for three of its cast members, notably Brad Pitt, who was recently overlooked by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
The Departed and Dreamgirls place second and third With six and five nods, respectively, the two star-studded Big Ds hold tight to their Oscar-frontrunner status. Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson and Departed's Martin Scorsese are certainly the ones to beat in their categories.
Leo vs. Leo DiCaprio will compete against himself for Best Actor in a Drama, having received nominations for both Blood Diamond and The Departed. Unfortunately, that meant no spot for Half Nelson's brilliant Ryan Gosling.
Hail the King and Queen After dominating the early critics' prizes, The Last King of Scotland's Forest Whitaker and The Queen's Helen Mirren lead the pack for Best Actor and Actress in a Drama. Mirren seems unbeatable, while Whitaker's big competition is likely to be DiCaprio...if he doesn't split his own vote.
Two nods for Beyoncé After taking the backseat to her costar Jennifer Hudson, the Dreamgirls lead was recognized in the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and Best Song categories, since she's a cowriter on the new track ''Listen.''
What about Bill? Five nominations for the phenomenal Dreamgirls, including Best Picture, and nothing for its writer/director/creative force Bill Condon? It's nothing less than an Effie-sized snub.
No 9/11 love Both United 93 (an early critics' award favorite) and World Trade Center were completely shut out. United is still alive in the Oscar race, but it looks like WTC has breathed its last breath.
Hurray for Maggie! Ms. Gyllenhaal landed in the Best Actress in a Drama race for her fierce turn in Sherrybaby, edging out Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, and Nicole Kidman. Let's hope the Academy now pops that DVD in their players.
Toni Collette? Don't get me wrong, I'm crazy about her. But for the Aussie to be the only nominated cast member from Little Miss Sunshine What about Abigail Breslin? Or Alan Arkin? Or Greg Kinnear? Or Steve Carell? is bizarre and embarrassing.
Chiwetel who? Character-actor fans already know and love Chiwetel Ejiofor from Dirty Pretty Things and Love Actually. But the Brit has now hit the big time with his surprise nod for the indie Kinky Boots, beating out Dreamgirls' Jamie Foxx.