Foxx Leading Contender at Golden Globes

Celebrities were doing last minute primping as they prepared to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards (search) on Sunday. Jamie Foxx (search) led the contenders with an unprecedented three acting nominations, including best musical or comedy actor for his uncanny portrayal of singer Ray Charles in "Ray."

Snarky fashion cops Joan and Melissa Rivers (search) will be standing by, waiting to pounce on every questionable outfit for the TV Guide Channel. Star Jones Reynolds (search) is the new girl on the block, replacing the mother-daughter duo on E! Entertainment Television.

In the end, though, the night will be all about the awards themselves.

Contending with Foxx in the best actor category is Paul Giamatti (search) for the road-trip flick "Sideways," which earned a leading seven nominations, among them best musical or comedy. The Howard Hughes film biography "The Aviator" was next with six nominations, including best drama, actor and director.

The Globe honors help position those movies and other leading nominees for Hollywood's big party, the Academy Awards. Those nominations come out Jan. 25.

Along with "The Aviator," best-drama contenders were the caustic sex tale "Closer"; "Finding Neverland," which explores the inspirations of "Peter Pan" creator J.M. Barrie; "Hotel Rwanda," set against the 1990s genocide in that country; "Kinsey," a film biography of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and Clint Eastwood's boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby."

Besides "Ray" and "Sideways," best musical or comedy nominees were the romance "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; the animated superhero tale "The Incredibles"; and adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera."

Foxx, considered a best-actor favorite at the Oscars, also earned nominations for supporting film actor as a cabbie taken hostage by a hit man in "Collateral," and as best TV movie or miniseries actor for the prison drama "Redemption."

Joining Foxx and Giamatti in the musical or comedy actor field: Jim Carrey as a man trying to erase memories of his ex-girlfriend in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; Kevin Kline as composer Cole Porter in "De-Lovely"; and Kevin Spacey as singer Bobby Darin in "Beyond the Sea."

The final season of HBO's "Sex and the City" was nominated for best TV comedy series, and its former star, Sarah Jessica Parker, was nominated as best comedy actress. The ABC guilty pleasure "Desperate Housewives" was also nominated, as were many of the show's stars. Fox's real-time thriller "24" was nominated as best dramatic series, along with HBO's "Deadwood" and "The Sopranos."

Actor/comedian Robin Williams will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award (search), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's highest honor. Williams has won five Golden Globes and has been nominated for 11.