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Thursday, December 13, 2007

'Atonement' leads Golden Globes with 7 nominations

Atonement has sweep the board in leading with seven Golden Globe Award nominations Thursday morning. The World War II-era romance film has taken top nod for best drama and is clearly seen to be this years favorite in much the way Babel was last year. The Globe nominations are renown for being the lead up to Oscar nomination set almost in stone films to be contenders. The most highly praised Golden Globe best drama winner especially often do go onto take top honors at the Academy Awards.

Atonement, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, is a stunning tale of a young girl whose lie then separates two young lovers in the midst of an imminent war. Film landed coveted nominations for both lead actor and lead actress as well as in supporting actress and director categories. Atonement stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan, and is directed Joe Wright (the recent Pride & Prejudice). Atonement also received nods for its screenplay written Christopher Hampton and musical score by Dario Marianelli's.

Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Robert received the second most nominations with five nods including both the lead actor and supporting actress nominations. The film is based on the true life story of a maverick politician who redirects money to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Other nominations for this film are best musical/comedy and West Wing's Aaron Sorkin for screenplay.

The acclaimed Michael Clayton was not to be overlooked from day one of its release and today’s nomination has more than affirmed that very fact without a doubt. Thrillers No Country for Old Men and the bloody musical Sweeney Todd are also among the Globes top nominations. It comes as no surprise the “MIGHTY” Ridley Scott’s American Gangster is amongst the nominees giving a Globe run for lead actor to Denzel Washington. Washington also has his directorial film The Great Debaters in the running for best drama category along side American Gangster.

The great and impeccable Cate Blanchett has received two nominations for supporting actress for her version of Bob Dylan in the offbeat biopic I'm Not There and lead actress for her warring monarch in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Others nominated in the supporting actress category along with Blanchett are Julia Roberts, and Saoirse Ronan, Amy Ryan, and Tilda Swinton.

Well deserved nominations for supporting actor goes to Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War, John Travolta in Hairspray, and Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton. In the directors category the contenders are Tim Burton, Joe Wright, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men, Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Ridley Scott for American Gangster.

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