'Button,' 'Frost/Nixon,' 'Doubt' grab 5 Globe nominations

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"TheCurious Case of Benjamin Button" and"Frost/Nixon" led the Golden Globes on Thursday with five nominationseach, among them best drama, while "Doubt" also has five, includingfour acting slots.

Other best-drama nominees: "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road"and "Slumdog Millionaire."

Meryl Streep had two nominations, best dramatic actress for"Doubt" and musical or comedy actress for "Mamma Mia!" Kate Winslet also hadtwo, best dramatic actress for "Revolutionary Road" and supporting actress for "TheReader."

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

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

The year's biggest hit, the Batman blockbuster, "The Dark Knight,"came in with strong awards buzz across the board but had only one nomination,supporting actor for Heath Ledger asthe Joker.

"Heath was a friend of mine," said actor Terrence Howard, apresenter at the nominations ceremony. "He gave his all in that film. Ithink he will win in that category. He'll also get an Oscar."

"Doubt" also scored supporting nominations for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, plus a screenplay slot for director John Patrick Shanley,who adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Tom Cruiseand Robert Downey Jr.were nominated as supporting actor for "Tropic Thunder." Each played odd roles:Cruise hidden behind a bald cap, beard and fat suit, Downey playing a white actor who undergoes askin-tinting procedure to play a black man.

The Harvey Milk filmbiography "Milk" also had been at the top of awards watchers' listsbut only grabbed an acting nomination for Penn.

One of the year's biggest comedy hits, "Sex and the City," was shut out completely.

While the hit "Mamma Mia!" was among best musical or comedynominees, the category was dominated by smaller movies. The other contendersare "Burn After Reading,""Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges"and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Clint Eastwoodhad two music nominations for his "Changeling" score and for co-writing thetitle song for "GranTorino." But he missed out on directing nominations for bothfilms and for an acting slot in "Gran Torino," in which he starred.

The animated hits "WALL-E"and "Bolt" had two nominations apiece, for best animated picture andbest song, the "WALL-E" tune co-written by Peter Gabriel and the "Bolt" songco-written by Miley Cyrus,who also lent her voice to one of the film's lead characters.

The song category was loaded with big names, including Bruce Springsteenfor the title tune of "TheWrestler" and Beyonce Knowlesfor co-writing a song in "Cadillac Records."

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" earned a supporting-actress nominationfor Penelope Cruz,and her co-stars JavierBardem and RebeccaHall each grabbed lead-acting slots in the musical or comedycategories.

Joining Hall and Streep in the musical or comedy actress lineup were Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky," Frances McDormand for "Burn After Reading"and Emma Thompson for "Last Chance Harvey."

Along with Bardem, "In Bruges" stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson bothwere nominated for best musical or comedy actor. Also chosen were James Franco for "Pineapple Express"and Dustin Hoffmanfor "Last Chance Harvey."

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