The awards program, which will be seen in more than 150 counties worldwide, is being produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press. Among those scheduled to be presenters for the starry evening are Tim Allen, Jessica Biel, Sean Combs, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Djimon Hounsou, Steven Spielberg, Renee Zellweger, Drew Barrymore, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Dane Cook, Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Grant, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, David Spade, John Stamos, Ben Stiller, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Reese Witherspoon, James Woods and the cast of "Heroes" (Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Milo Ventimiglia).
The Golden Globe Awards nominations — presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — were announced Dec. 14.
Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls," based on the award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, earned five nominations: Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical, Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Beyonce Knowles), Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Hudson), Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Eddie Murphy) and Best Original Song-Motion Picture ("Listen").
"Dreamgirls" will vie for the Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical Golden Globe in a field that also includes "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking."
Beyonce Knowles' competition in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical category include several actresses who have also appeared onstage: Annette Bening ("Running with Scissors"), Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada"). Renee Zellweger is also nominated for her work in "Miss Potter." The Best Motion Picture-Drama nominees include "Babel," "Bobby," "The Departed," "Little Children" and "The Queen." Stage and screen actress Helen Mirren was nominated for her performance in the latter. Her competitors in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama field include Penelope Cruz ("Volver"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Sherrybaby") and Kate Winslet ("Little Children").
Patrick Marber and Peter Morgan received Best Screenplay-Motion Picture nominations for, respectively, "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Queen." Others in that category include Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel"), Todd Field and Tom Perrotta ("Little Children") and William Monahan ("The Departed").
In the television categories, stage and screen star Edie Falco received a nomination for Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for her work in "The Sopranos," while Michael C. Hall picked up a nomination for Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series-Drama for his work in the new cable series "Dexter." Felicity Huffman was once again nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical for her work on "Desperate Housewives." Huffman's competition includes Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives"), America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") and Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"). Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub were nominated for Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical for their turns in, respectively, "30 Rock" and "Monk"; fellow nominees include Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Steve Carrell ("The Office") and Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl").
Helen Mirren scored two more nominations, both in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television field for her work in "Elizabeth I" and "Prime Suspect: The Final Act." Also nominated in that category: Gillian Anderson ("Bleak House'), Annette Bening ("Mrs. Harris") and Sophie Okonedo ("Tsunami, the Aftermath").
In the Best Performance By an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category are André Braugher ("Thief"), Robert Duvall ("Broken Trail"), Michael Ealy ("Sleeper Cell: American Terror"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Tsunami, the Aftermath"), Ben Kingsley ("Mrs. Harris"), current Vertical Hour star Bill Nighy ("Gideon's Daughter") and Matthew Perry ("The Ron Clark Story").
Toni Collette picked up a second Golden Globe nomination for her work in "Tsunami, the Aftermath." Other nominees in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television category are Emily Blunt ("Gideon's Daughter"), Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy"), Sarah Paulson ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") and Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds").
Jeremy Irons and Justin Kirk were both nominated in the Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television category: Irons for "Elizabeth I" and Kirk for "Weeds." Their competition includes Thomas Haden Church ("Broken Trail"), Masi Oka ("Heroes") and Jeremy Piven ("Entourage").
The Best Television Series nominees include "24," "Big Love," "Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes" and "Lost" (for Drama); and "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "The Office," "Ugly Betty" and "Weeds" (for Comedy or Musical).
Visit www.hfpa.org for a complete list of nominees.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association "is a group of Southern California based international journalists," who started the awards over 60 years ago.