Ensemble drama BABEL leads the nominations at next year's (07) Golden Globe Awards, boasting seven nods including Best Dramatic Picture and an acting accolade for star Brad Pitt.
The film, spanning several countries telling four inter-related stories, sees Pitt praised in the Best Actor In A Supporting Role category. He'll battle it out alongside Ben Affleck (HOLLYWOODLAND) and Eddie Murphy (DREAMGIRLS), as well as THE DEPARTED co-stars Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The mob thriller earned a total of six nominations today (14DEC06).
Babel's RINKO KIKUCHI and Adriana Barraza also received supporting acting nods, along with Cate Blanchett for NOTES ON A SCANDAL, Emily Blunt for The Devil Wears Prada and Jennifer Hudson for DREAMGIRLS.
But it's Leonardo Dicaprio who looks most likely to convert an acting nomination into a trophy after being named twice in the Best Actor category. His performances in The Departed and BLOOD DIAMOND are up against PETER O'TOOLE's in VENUS, Will Smith's in THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and Forest Whitaker's portrayal of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND.
Actor-turned-director Clint Eastwood is another star with a double reason to celebrate - FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS competes against his other war film LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA in the Best Director category.
Meanwhile, DAME Helen Mirren stands to win three awards at the star-studded Hollywood ceremony next month (15JAN07). Her role as monarch-in-crisis Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN pits her against another veteran British actress, DAME Judi Dench, for NOTES ON A SCANDAL. Penelope Cruz is also a strong contender for Best Actress in VOLVER, as well Maggie Gyllenhaal (SHERRYBABY) and Kate Winslet in the suburban drama LITTLE CHILDREN.
Mirren's other nods are for small screen work - her roles in PRIME SUSPECT: THE FINAL ACT and period piece ELIZABETH I could see her pick up a Best Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television.
Both films will compete for Best TV Mini-Series alongside the star-studded adaptation of CHARLES DICKENS' complicated crime masterpiece BLEAK HOUSE, BROKEN TRAIL and MRS HARRIS.
There were no surprises in the most popular TV categories with 24, BIG LOVE, Lost, HEROES, and hospital drama GREY'S ANATOMY all in with a chance to win the Best Drama Prize, and Desperate Housewives, ENTOURAGE, The Office, UGLY BETTY and WEEDS battling it out for the Best Comedy Or Musical.
Last month (15NOV06) it was revealed Hollywood legend Warren Beatty is to be honoured with the 64th CECIL B DeMILLE Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. It will be Beatty's sixth Globe.
The awards are given out annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and are a key indicator of which movies will compete for the Academy Awards, the film industry's top honours.