'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Housewives' Lead Globe Nods
December 13, 2005

From Wisteria Lane to "Brokeback Mountain," this year's Golden Globe race is officially on, and "Extra" toasted with the biggest stars of the big and small screens.

George Clooney is up for Best Supporting Actor for "Syriana" as well as for Best Director for "Good Night, and Good Luck." He and co-writer/ producer Grant Heslov were also nominated for Best Screenplay.

But George's "Good Night and Good Luck" could face some tough competition from "Brokeback Mountain" and the film's golden couple.

Heath Ledger is up for Best Actor and his real-life girlfriend, Michelle Williams, is up for Best Supporting Actress. The two stars actually fell for each other during filming, and Tuesday on "Good Morning America," Ledger told Diane Sawyer the movie was also a labor of love. "It's a real honor to be a part of a movie that's been received as it is," he said.

This year marks Ledger's first nomination. It's also a first for "Pride and Prejudice" star Keira Knightly, who spoke to "Extra" in London just moments after calling her mom.

"She said, ‘Oh that's lovely, that's lovely. You won't win but that's lovely,'" Knightly related. "But she did say she bought me a bottle of champagne tonight so that's alright."

Also nominated in the Best Actress categories are Charlize Theron for "North Country," Sarah Jessica Parker for "The Family Stone" and Gwyneth Paltrow in "Proof."

Meanwhile, one of this year's golden guys could become "Cinderella Man's" Russell Crowe or "The Matador's" Pierce Brosnan.

"Crash" co-stars Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard were both nominated, but Terrence got his nod for "Hustle & Flow."

Dillon will go up against "Cinderella Man's" Paul Giamatti, who got the news on his answering machine. "One of my publicists was freaking out, ‘Where the hell are you?'" Giamatti told us. "That's what they said because I was out with my kid."

Tuesday marked a good morning for the stars of "Walk the Line." Joaquin Phoenix was recognized for his portrayal of the legendary Man in Black, and co-star Reese Withersoon was also nominated as his wife, June Carter Cash.

Meanwhile, this year on the small screen, four of the "Desperate Housewives" are up for gold, including first-time nominee Eva Longoria. The "Housewife" was more than a little excited to see "Extra" waiting on Wisteria Lane with a champagne toast.

"My sister said, 'You got nominated,'" Longoria told us. "I didn't think I really did because it wasn't my publicist. I was like, 'No, honey, someone would have called by now if I got nominated.'"

In addition to "Housewives," Huffman received a Best Actress Nomination for her role in "Transamerica." "She better sit in the TV section," Longoria warned.

Going up against "Housewives'" Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross is "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker.

"Weeds" will also face off with "Desperate Housewives" in the Best TV Musical or Comedy Category, alongside Mark Wahlberg's smash HBO hit "Entourage."

"They ask you to get up at four o'clock in the morning, there's a good chance you're going to get something," Wahlberg admitted. "If not, the Boston may come out of me, and I don't want to start sucker punching people."

Geena Davis may be the most popular president in the country right now, but not even the power of the Oval Office could help her share the news of her Best Dramatic Actress nod with her doctor husband. "I couldn't get him," she revealed. "He was in the OR. I've left him a message, I'm sure he's really excited.

"Commander in Chief" is also up for Best Drama Series, where it will square off against two other ABC powerhouses: "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost."

ABC's two Dr. Shepherds, Matthew Foxx and Patrick Dempsey, both garnered Best Dramatic Actor nominations, but they'll be hard pressed to take down "24's" resident super agent Kiefer Sutherland, whose dad Donald also picked up a nod for his work on "Commander in Chief."

All of this year's Best Actress nominees will receive a golden diamond compact designed by Cathy Waterman for L'Oreal Paris.

Who will win? Find out when the Golden Globes are handed out on NBC on January 16th.


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