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Golden Globe nominees announced

December 14, 2004

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— The Golden Globes are shaping up as a reprise of "The Jamie Foxx Show."

Foxx, star of the sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001, earned a record three Globe nominations Monday, including one for best musical or comedy actor for his uncanny portrayal of singer Ray Charles in "Ray."

Also contending in that category: Paul Giamatti for his road-trip flick "Sideways," which earned a leading seven nominations, among them best musical or comedy. Next was "The Aviator" with six nominations.

Along with "The Aviator," best-drama contenders were the caustic sex tale "Closer"; "Finding Neverland," exploring the inspirations of "Peter Pan" creator J.M. Barrie; "Hotel Rwanda," set against the 1990s genocide in that country; "Kinsey," a film biography of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and the boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby."

Besides "Ray" and "Sideways," best musical or comedy nominees were the romance "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; the animated superhero tale "The Incredibles"; and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera."

Foxx, considered a best-actor favorite at the Oscars, also earned nominations for supporting film actor as a cabbie taken hostage by a hit man in "Collateral" and as best TV movie or miniseries actor for the prison drama "Redemption."

The nominations came on Foxx's 37th birthday.

"What a great way to start the day with three birthday gifts," Foxx said. "I am honored to be mentioned in the same categories with such tremendously talented actors."

Best actor, musical/comedy: Joining Foxx and Giamatti in the musical or comedy actor field: Jim Carrey as a man trying to erase memories of his ex-girlfriend in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; Kevin Kline as composer Cole Porter in "De-Lovely"; and Kevin Spacey as singer Bobby Darin in "Beyond the Sea."

Best actress, musical/comedy: Carrey's "Eternal Sunshine" co-star Kate Winslet, playing his former girlfriend, and Kline's "De-Lovely" cast mate Ashley Judd, as Porter's wife, were among musical or comedy actress nominees. The others: Annette Bening as a London stage diva in "Being Julia"; Emmy Rossum as a theater ingenue in "Phantom of the Opera"; and Renee Zellweger as the title character in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."

Best actor, drama: All five dramatic actor nominees played real-life characters: Javier Bardem in "The Sea Inside," as Ramon Sampedro, who fought for his right to die after a paralyzing accident; Don Cheadle as innkeeper Paul Rusesabagina, who shelters refugees in "Hotel Rwanda"; Johnny Depp as playwright Barrie in "Finding Neverland"; Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes in "The Aviator"; and Liam Neeson as the sex researcher in "Kinsey."

Best actress, drama: Dramatic lead actress nominees were Scarlett Johansson in "A Love Song for Bobby Long," playing a teen who finds an unlikely extended family; Nicole Kidman as a woman visited by a boy claiming to be her dead husband in "Birth"; Imelda Staunton as the title character in the abortion drama "Vera Drake"; Hilary Swank as a boxer in "Million Dollar Baby"; and Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill -- Vol. 2."

Swank, a Golden Globe and Oscar winner for "Boys Don't Cry," trained six days a week for three months for "Million Dollar Baby," eating 210 grams of protein a day and gaining 19 pounds of muscle.

"It's amazing what a machine the body is, how it can adapt. I have a whole new respect for what my body can do," Swank said.

Best director: Swank's co-star and director, Clint Eastwood, also received two Globe nominations, for directing and his "Million Dollar Baby" musical score.

Along with Eastwood, Globe directing nominees were Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator"; Marc Forster, "Finding Neverland"; Mike Nichols, "Closer"; and Alexander Payne," "Sideways."

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