Nominations for the 63rd annual Golden Globes are out, and if this year's list is an indication for the Academy Awards, it's looking like it may be a good year to be a cowboy in love. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain tops the list, with seven awards, including nods for best direction and actor — but only one in the latter category. Heath Ledger was a shoo-in for his role as the conflicted Ennis del Mar, but many expected co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to be nominated as well for his performance as del Mar's tense lover Jack Twist. Ledger's real life girlfriend Michelle Williams picked up a nod in the supporting actress category, however.
But Gyllenhaal's absence was not the only surprise — the critically acclaimed Crash, lauded by some as the film of the year, was conspicuously absent here, picking up only one nomination. The film may have suffered from an early release, but expect a lot of speculation about the ensemble cast's chances for Oscar recognition.
In television, Desperate Housewives again piles up the nominations, despite a marked drop in critical acclaim for the primetime soap this year. Unsurprisingly, the new show My Name is Earl picked up a couple of nominations, including a nod for lead Jason Lee, who is long overdue accolades for his comedic ability. Lee's will be duking it out with the Housewives for a chance at the award for best comedy (or musical) series.
The list of nominees was announced Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles by actress Kate Beckinsale and actors Mark Wahlberg and Steve Carell. The Golden Globes will be televised on January 16, 2006.
Full list of nominees:
Best motion picture - Drama
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence
Good Night, and Good Luck
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - drama
Maria Bello - A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Gwyneth Paltrow - Proof
Charlize Theron - North Country
Ziyi Zhang - Memoirs of a Geisha
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture - Drama
Russell Crowe - Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Terrence Howard - Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn - Good Night and Good Luck
Best motion picture - Musical Or Comedy
Mrs Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench - Mrs Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley - Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney - The Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker - The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line