63rd Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced; "The Producers" Scores Four Nods

News   63rd Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced; "The Producers" Scores Four Nods Kate Beckinsale, Steve Carell and Mark Wahlberg announced the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations — presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — Dec. 13. Winners will be announced Jan. 16, 2006.
Golden Globe nominees Nathan Lane (left) and Will Ferrell in
Golden Globe nominees Nathan Lane (left) and Will Ferrell in "The Producers". Photo by Andrew Schwartz

The gay cowboy romance film "Brokeback Mountain" led the pack with seven nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture-Drama as well as nominations for director Ang Lee and actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Others nominated in the Best Motion Picture field include "The Constant Gardener," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "A History of Violence" and "Match Point."

"The Producers" — the new movie musical based on the Tony-winning Mel Brooks Broadway show of the same name — earned four nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. The picture will vie for that prize in a field that also includes "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Pride & Prejudice," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Walk the Line." The Susan Stroman-directed film also scored nods for Nathan Lane (Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy) and Will Ferrell (Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture). A new song penned for the film by composer-lyricist Brooks — "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway" — was nominated for Best Original Song- Motion Picture.

The other much-talked-about movie musical of the season — the Chris Columbus-directed film of Jonathan Larson's "Rent" — earned no Golden Globe nominations.

Other nominations of interest to theatre fans: Felicity Huffman and Gwyneth Paltrow were both nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama; Huffman was nominated for her work in "Transamerica" and Paltrow for her performance in "Proof." Philip Seymour Hoffman, co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company, and David Strathairn received Best Actor nods for their work in, respectively, "Capote" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." In the Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy field, nominees include such theatre performers as Judi Dench ("Mrs. Henderson Presents"), Laura Linney ("The Squid and the Whale") and Sarah Jessica Parker ("The Family Stone"). Frances McDormand received a Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture nomination for her work in "North Country," and playwright Woody Allen received nods for both Best Director-Motion Picture and Best Screenplay-Motion Picture for "Match Point." The Best Screenplay category also includes a nomination for Tony Kushner and Eric Roth for "Munich." And, "Memoirs of a Geisha," Rob Marshall's follow-up to the Academy Award-winning "Chicago," earned two nominations: Best Original Score-Motion Picture (for John Williams) and Best Performance By an Acress in a Motion Picture-Drama (for Ziyi Zhang).

In the television categories, Tony Award winner Glenn Close received a nomination for Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for her work on "The Shield" and HBO's presentation of "Lackawanna Blues" received two nominations — one for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and another for its star, S. Epatha Merkerson. Merkerson will vie for the Best Performance By an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award in a field that also includes frequent stage actress Cynthia Nixon, who was nominated for "Warm Springs." Husband-and-wife actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were both nominated for their supporting performances in "Empire Falls." That HBO film was nominated in the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category. And, Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker was nominated for a Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy award for her work in " Weeds"; her competitors include four "Desperate Housewives": Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria. The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held January 16, 2006, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. NBC-TV will broadcast the event live beginning at 8 PM ET.

Visit www.hfpa.org for a complete list of nominees.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association "is a group of Southern California based international journalists," who started the awards over 60 years ago.