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Dave Karger names the most predictable -- and perplexing -- choices on the 2004 Golden Globes nomination list

Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, ... | 'MOUNTAIN' HIGH The Civil War drama led the nominees
'MOUNTAIN' HIGH The Civil War drama led the nominees

Globes nominations: the shoo-ins -- and snubs

As always, this morning's Golden Globe nominations -- which are decided by a voting body of only around 90 Hollywood Foreign Press members -- provide their share of ho-hum sure things and shocking surprises. Here are the top five of each.

SURE THINGS

''Cold Mountain'' dominates The Golden Globes love period films with big glamorous casts (see last year's winner, ''The Hours''), and ''Mountain'' didn't disappoint, leading the pack with eight nominations, including Best Drama, Best Director, and nods for stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger.

''Mystic River'' places second Another film high on the star quotient, the Clint Eastwood drama earned five nominations, including recognition for standouts Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.

''Translation'' doesn't get ''Lost'' Cementing its status as this year's indie critical darling, Sofia Coppola's subtle tale also scored five nominations, including kudos in the Best Comedy, Director, and Screenplay categories, as well as lead-acting nods for Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

New TV shows get their due The Globes are always ahead of the Emmys in recognizing rising series. This time they named ''Nip/Tuck,'' ''The Office,'' and ''Arrested Development'' among the year's best shows.

''Will & Grace''...again Not that I'm complaining, but the entire cast of this hysterically funny sitcom was once again recognized, for the third year in a row. Now maybe they'll actually WIN one.

SURPRISES

Johansson's double play Miss Scarlett seemed a sure bet for ''Lost in Translation,'' but an extra nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her simmering turn in ''Girl With a Pearl Earring'' was quite unexpected.

The ''21 Grams'' shutout No Naomi Watts, no Benicio Del Toro, no screenplay, nothing. If the HFPA didn't give props to this bleak but excellent movie, what will the more conservative Academy possibly think?

Were there no women in ''Mystic River''? How could wives Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney be overlooked? We're not too worried: Harden didn't get a Globe nod for ''Pollock'' either, and she went on to win the Oscar.

''Veronica'' who? We expected Cate Blanchett to factor into the Best Actress race, but for ''The Missing,'' not ''Veronica Guerin,'' which completely tanked at the box office.

Peter Krause's snub It's bewildering that the HFPA could recognize ''Six Feet Under'' in the Best Drama category but not extend a nomination to Krause, who anchored the show this year and delivered his best work yet.

See the full list of nominees.

Originally posted Dec 17, 2003
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