Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button led the nominees as the contenders for the Golden Globes were announced.
Both films were nominated for five awards, including best drama, for which they will be up against British director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader and Revolutionary Road.
Briton Kate Winslet took two nominations, including best actress for Revolutionary Road and best supporting actress for The Reader. Meanwhile, fellow British actress Kristin Scott Thomas was nominated in the best dramatic actress category for her role in I’ve Loved You So Long.
Doubt, a drama about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, also took a leading five nominations.
Briton Hugh Laurie, who plays the damaged doctor in House, earned a nomination for best actor in a television drama, along with Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors, Jon Hamm and January Jones of Mad Men, Gabriel Byrne of In Treatment, and Michael C Hall of Dexter.
Meryl Streep had two nominations – best dramatic actress for Doubt and musical or comedy actress for Mamma Mia!.
Nominees for dramatic actor were Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road, Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon, Brad Pitt for Benjamin Button, Sean Penn for Milk, and Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler.
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.
The year’s biggest hit, the Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight, came in with strong awards buzz across the board but took only one nomination: supporting actor for Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker.
Winners of the 66th annual Globes, widely seen as an indication of favourites for the Oscars, will be announced on January 11.
Source: Press Association