'Babel' Leads Globe Nominations

In this file photo originally provided by Paramount Vantage, Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt appear in "Babel."
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Helen Mirren, Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood were among the multiple Golden Globe nominees Thursday, while the multinational ensemble drama "Babel" led contenders with seven nominations, including best dramatic picture.

Also nominated for best dramatic picture: the Robert Kennedy story "Bobby," the mob tale "The Departed," the suburban drama "Little Children" and the royalty-in-crisis story, "The Queen."

Some intriguing choices cropped up among nominees for the 64th annual Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Academy Awards and traditionally a solid forecast for how the Oscars might play out.

Among them: Sacha Baron Cohen's unexpected $100 million hit "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." The satire of American culture was nominated for best musical or comedy film, while Cohen got a bid for best actor in a musical or comedy.

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After Mel Gibson's troubles over his drunken-driving arrest and anti-Semitic comments last summer, the filmmaker landed back in awards contention for his bloody Mayan epic "Apocalypto," nominated for best foreign-language flick.

Previously, no actor or director had been nominated twice in the same category in one year. This time, the Globes set up intriguing competitions for actors and filmmakers competing against themselves.

Along with a best-actress film nomination for playing Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen," Mirren was nominated twice as best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for playing the monarch's predecessor and namesake in "Elizabeth I" and for her detective saga "Prime Suspect: The Final Act."

Mirren is considered the favorite to win the best-actress Oscar.

Eastwood is up against himself as best director for his World War II epics "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," which tell the story of the Pacific island battle from the American and Japanese points of view, respectively.

"Letters From Iwo Jima," told in Japanese, also was nominated for best foreign-language film. Under Globe rules, "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Apocalypto" were eligible only in the foreign-language category, not best picture.

DiCaprio takes on himself in the best dramatic film actor category with nominations for the mob tale "The Departed" and the African adventure "Blood Diamond."

2Martin Scorsese, a perpetual runner-up at the Oscars, is back in contention, earning a best-director nomination for the Globes with "The Departed." Scorsese has been nominated five times for best director at the Oscars, losing every time, the last one two years ago to Eastwood, whose "Million Dollar Baby" triumphed over Scorsese's "The Aviator."

Other multiple nominees included Toni Collette for best actress in a movie comedy or musical for the road-trip romp "Little Miss Sunshine" and TV supporting actress for "Tsunami: The Aftermath."

Collette's "Tsunami" co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor also was a double nominee for actor in a movie comedy or musical for the drag-queen tale "Kinky Boots" and best actor in a TV miniseries or movie in "Tsunami."

The first of Hollywood's big-screen dramas centered on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, "World Trade Center" and "United 93," were shut out at the Globes despite favorable receptions from both critics and audiences.