The Academy Awards picture cleared up a bit Thursday as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Doubt” and “Frost/Nixon” led the Golden Globe movie nominations with five each.
“Button” and “Doubt” join “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Slumdog Millionaire” among the best-drama nominees.
The Globes, the second-biggest film awards show after the Academy Awards, traditionally help sort out the potential Oscar field – particularly in years such as this, when no solid favorites to win have emerged.
The Globe ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 11, 11 days before Oscar nominations are announced.
The year’s biggest hit, the Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” had only one Globe nomination: supporting actor for the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
“Milk” also had been at the top of awards watchers’ lists, but only grabbed the a best dramatic actor nomination for Sean Penn.
Meryl Streep had two acting nominations – best dramatic actress for “Doubt,” and musical or comedy actress for “Mamma Mia!” – as did Kate Winslet, for best dramatic actress for “Revolutionary Road” and supporting actress for “The Reader.”
Other dramatic actress nominees are Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; and Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long.”
Nominees for dramatic actor along with Penn are Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Brad Pitt, “Benjamin Button”; and Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”
The Globes are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a small group of about 90 reporters for overseas outlets.
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