Button, Doubt and Nixon lead Golden Globe nominees

The Hollywood awards season kicked into high gear early Thursday as the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards were announced. Leading the pack are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a man born old who grows young, Frost/Nixon about a series of revealing television interviews of the notorious US president and Doubt, a searing drama about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, reported dpa.

Other best drama nominees were the Mumbai-based movie, Slumdog Millionaire, about a pauper who wins a TV game show, The Reader, a WWII-based drama, and Revolutionary Road about the challenges facing 1950's suburbanites.

The nominees for best musical or comedy were the Abba-based musical Mamma Mia!, Burn After Reading, Happy-Go-Lucky, In Bruges and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Nominees for dramatic actor were Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road; Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon; Brad Pitt, in Benjamin Button; Sean Penn in Milk and Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

Meryl Streep picked up two nods: best dramatic actress for Doubt and musical or comedy actress for the Mamma Mia!. Kate Winslet also has two chances at Golden Globe success. She was nominated as best actress for Revolutionary Road and for supporting-actress in The Reader.

Also chosen for dramatic actress were Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie for Changeling; and Kristin Scott Thomas for I've Loved You So Long.

Heath Ledger was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in The Dark Knight - the only nomination picked up by the Batman box-office hit. Also missing out was Clint Eastwood, who failed to pick up directing nods for Changeling. He also missed out on an acting nomination for Gran Torino.

The nominees for best TV drama were Dexter, House, In Treatment, Mad Men and True Blood. The best TV comedy or musical nominees were 30 Rock, The Office, Weeds, Californication, and Entourage.

The Golden Globes are considered second only to the Oscars in Hollywood prestige. The awards are due to be presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on January 11, during a traditionally lavish dinner and awards ceremony that will be televised live in the US and dozens of other countries.

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