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'Button,' 'Frost/Nixon' and 'Doubt' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the 2009 Golden Globe Award nominees Thursday with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" earning five nominations each, among them best drama. "Doubt" also has five, including four acting slots.

The nominations for the Globes traditionally help sort out Oscar prospects in a wide-open field of films and performances, from which front-runners had yet to emerge this year.

Golden Globe Awards are given in both the film and television genre. This year’s show will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2009.

Meryl Streep has two nominations, best dramatic actress for "Doubt" and musical or comedy actress for "Mamma Mia!"; and Kate Winslet also has two, best actress for "Revolutionary Road" and supporting-actress for "The Reader."

The year's biggest hit, the Batman blockbuster, "The Dark Knight," came in with strong awards buzz across the board but had only one nomination, supporting actor for Heath Ledger as the Joker.

"Heath was a friend of mine," said actor Terrence Howard, a presenter at the nominations ceremony. "He gave his all in that film. I think he will win in that category. He'll also get an Oscar."

The Harvey Milk film biography "Milk" also had been at the top of awards watchers' lists but only grabbed an acting nomination for Penn.

Clint Eastwood had two music nominations for his "Changeling" score and for co-writing the title song for "Gran Torino." But he missed out on directing nominations for both films and for an acting slot in "Gran Torino," in which he starred.

LIST OF 2009 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEES:

FILM:

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA) :

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

"Frost/Nixon"

"Revolutionary Road"

"The Reader"

"Slumdog Millionaire"

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) :

"Mamma Mia!"

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

"Burn After Reading"

"Happy-Go-Lucky"

"In Bruges"

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA):

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road"

Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"

Sean Penn, "Milk"

Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA):

Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"

Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"

Meryl Streep, "Doubt"

Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"

Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road."

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

Javier Bardem, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"

James Franco, "Pineapple Express"

Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"

Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey"

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL):

Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Frances McDormand, "Burn After Reading"

Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia!"

Emma Thompson, "Last Chance Harvey"

Rebecca Hall, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Amy Adams, "Doubt"

Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Viola Davis, "Doubt"

Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"

Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"

Robert Downey, Jr., "Tropic Thunder"

Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"

Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"

Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."

BEST DIRECTOR:

David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"

Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"

Sam Mendes, "Revolutionary Road"

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

"WALL-E"

"Bolt"

"Kung Fu Panda"

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"

David Hare, "The Reader"

Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"

Eric Roth, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM:

"Gomorrah"

"I’ve Loved You So Long"

"Waltz with Bashir"

"The Baader Meinhof Complex"

"Everlasting Moments"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

“Down to Earth” from WALL-E

“Gran Torino” from Gran Torino

“I Thought I’d Lost You” from Bolt

“Once in a Lifetime” from Cadillac Records

“The Wrestler” from The Wrestler

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

"Defiance"

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

"Slumdog Millionaire"

"Frost/Nixon"

"Changeling"

TELEVISION:

BEST SERIES (DRAMA):

“Dexter”

“House”

"In Treatment"

“Mad Men”

“True Blood”

BEST SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

"30 Rock,"

"The Office,"

"Weeds,"

"Californication"

"Entourage"

ACTOR, TV DRAMA:

Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Hugh Laurie, "House M.D."

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors."

ACTRESS, TV DRAMA:

Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"

Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"

January Jones, "Mad Men"

Anna Paquin, "True Blood"

Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

Kevin Connolly, "Entourage"

David Duchovny, "Californication"

Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"

America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife"

Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

"Cranford"

"Bernard & Doris"

"John Adams"

"A Raisin in the Sun"

"Recount"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

Eileen Atkins, "Cranford"

Laura Dern, "Recount"

Melissa George, "In Treatment"

Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"

Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"

CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Steven Spielberg

The Associated Press contributed to this report.