Vying for the 65th annual Golden Globe for best drama is an especially full field of seven films: the box office hit "American Gangster," the romantic drama "Atonement," the visceral film noir "Eastern Promises," the civil rights drama "The Great Debaters," the legal thriller "Michael Clayton," the epic drama "There Will Be Blood" and the gritty thriller "No Country for Old Men."
The cup runneth over on the television side as well, with six dramas vying for best series: "Mad Men," "Damages," "Big Love," "Grey's Anatomy," "House" and "The Tudors." (Noticeably missing in the dramatic category was the final season of "The Sopranos," which earlier won an Emmy.)
Meanwhile, seven women are in contention for best actress in a dramatic TV series: Patricia Arquette for "Medium," Glenn Close for "Damages," Minnie Driver for "The Riches," Edie Falco for "The Sopranos," Sally Field for "Brothers and Sisters," Holly Hunter for "Saving Grace" and Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer."
Traditionally, these categories top out with five picks.
"Atonement" scored the most nominations, with seven. Other big winners: "Charlie Wilson's War" garnered five nominations, "Michael Clayton," "Sweeney Todd" and "No Country for Old Men" followed with four nods apiece.
On the television front, freshman series such as "Pushing Daisies," "Californication," "Damages" and "Mad Men" performed well. Meanwhile, Christina Applegate -- a sitcom staple in the 1980s and '90s on "Married ... With Children" -- received a nomination for her acclaimed return to the genre with the new hit series for ABC, "Samantha Who?"
In the best picture category for comedies or musicals, nods went to the musical remake of John Waters' "Hairspray," the Beatles musical "Across the Universe," the coming-of-age comedy "Juno" and Tim Burton's bloodthirsty adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., though, seems to have loosely interpreted the definition of comedy by also including "Charlie Wilson's War," with its poignant and graphic look at human suffering.
There are many familiar faces - and a few newcomers -- in the acting categories. Cate Blanchett for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," Julie Christie for "Away From Her," Jodie Foster for "The Brave One," Angelina Jolie for "A Mighty Heart" and Keira Knightley for "Atonement" are competing in the best actress in a drama category.
Vying for best actor in a drama feature are George Clooney in "Michael Clayton," Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood," James McAvoy for "Atonement," Viggo Mortensen for "Eastern Promises" and Denzel Washington for "American Gangster."
In the comedy or musical film category, Amy Adams earned a nomination as an animated princess come to life in "Enchanted." She will be competing with newcomer Nikki Blonsky playing a plump teen in 1962 Baltimore in "Hairspray," Helena Bonham Carter as a pie maker with a secret ingredient in "Sweeney Todd," Marion Cotillard as France's beloved Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" and Ellen Page as an acerbic pregnant teen in "Juno."
Vying for best actor in a comedy or musical are Johnny Depp as a vengeful barber in "Sweeney Todd," Ryan Gosling as a shy young man with a most unusual girlfriend in "Lars and the Real Girl," Tom Hanks as a boozing, carousing congressman in "Charlie Wilson's War," Philip Seymour Hoffman as the professorial son of an aging father in "The Savages" and John C. Reilly as a faux rocker in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."
Best director nominees include Tim Burton for "Sweeney Todd," Joel and Ethan Coen for "No Country for Old Men," Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Ridley Scott for "American Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement."
Blanchett picked up a second nomination this morning in the supporting actress category for her dead-on turn as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There." Vying in the same category are Julia Roberts in "Charlie Wilson's War," Saoirse Ronan in "Atonement," critics' darling Amy Ryan for "Gone Baby Gone" and Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton."
Hoffman also scored a second nomination, with a supporting actor's nod for "Charlie Wilson's War." Joining him in that category are Casey Affleck for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men," John Travolta for "Hairspray" and Tom Wilkinson for "Michael Clayton."
Not on those lists: Favorites Vanessa Redgrave and Hal Holbrook were overlooked for "Atonement" and "Into the Wild," respectively.
Though Clint Eastwood didn't have a film in release this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s love affair with him continued. It nominated him for his original score for "Grace Is Gone."
On the TV side, "Californication," "Entourage," "Extras," "30 Rock" and "Pushing Daisies" are in contention for best TV series, musical or comedy. Michael C. Hall for "Dexter," Jon Hamm for "Mad Men," Hugh Laurie for "House," Jonathan Rhys Myers for "The Tudors" and Bill Paxton for "Big Love" were nominated for best actor in a TV drama series.