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Thursday, December 18, 2003
Golden Globe Nominations

"Extra" woke up bright and early with the stars Thursday morning when the Golden Globe nominees were released.

After his nod for "The Last Samurai," three-time winner Tom Cruise landed in a helicopter at the Santa Monica Airport, and jumped the fence to share his excitement with us.

Cruise said, "It's wonderful, it's wonderful. I don't make films to get these kinds of awards, but every time it's like icing on the cake."

And Cruise told us that he couldn't be happier about his ex-wife Nicole Kidmanís nomination for "Cold Mountain," a movie that received eight nominations without being released yet. Cruise said, "Iím very proud of her, she is a great actress."

Cruise will have to take on Russell Crowe in "Master and Commander" and Kidmanís "Cold Mountain" costar Jude Law in the best actor for a drama category. And they will all have to battle Sean Penn in "Mystic River" and Ben Kingsley in "House of Sand and Fog."

There were plenty of surprise picks, such as Scarlett Johansson, who was nominated twice for her work in "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Lost in Translation."

Bill Murray also got a nod, as did Johnny Depp for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." And "School of Rockís" Jack Black received big news. But can Black beat Billy Bob Thornton's "Bad Santa?"

Charlize Theron, who wasn't thinking about a nomination Wednesday night at the New York premiere of her dark drama, "Monster," got the good news on Thursday. So did "Kill Bill's" lethal lady Uma Thurman.

Maria Bello and Patricia Clarkson feel great about their golden nods for "The Cooler" and "Pieces of April."

And Sean Astin told us that he is thrilled for his director Peter Jackson, who was nominated for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Astin said, "Iím really happy for Peter. He is the ambassador of the movies."

On the TV front, the nominations created some celebrations and a few surprises. The "Sex and the City" ladies are back. In its last season, the show was nominated, and so were all four of the actresses. Sarah Jessica Parker is up for best actress while gal pals Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis got the supporting role nods.

Bernie Mac is again on the best actor-in-a-comedy list. And funny shows like "Will & Grace" made the grade again, with Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally all nominated.

First-time series actress Alicia Silverstone received a nomination for "Miss Match." Silverstone says, "I thought, ĎNo, that is ridiculous because it is the first season. There is no way.í"

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" gets a best drama series nod which makes young stars, George Eads and Jorja Fox very happy. Fox says, "It is a very sophisticated award. In a way, it is like youíve grown up a little bit." "Nip/Tuck," "The West Wing," and "Six Feet Under" are also up for best drama.

But the Golden Globe members did make a few surprise selections. In its final season, "Friends" only received one nomination. And the recognition was not for the show, but for Matt LeBlanc.

And the big winner, with seven nominations, was "Angels in America." Meryl Streep and Al Pacino were among the nominees from this spiritual mini-series.

The Golden Globe nominees even include some heavy hitters from the music world. Elton John, Annie Lenox, Sting, Bono, and Eddie Vedder are all up for Globes this year.

The Golden Globes will air on NBC on January 25th.

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