Globe Fever: Heath & Reese to Win?

Globe Fever: Heath & Reese to Win?
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updated 01/16/2006 AT 09:00 AM EST

originally published 01/15/2006 AT 06:00 AM EST

Critics have heaped on the praise for Brokeback Mountain, but Monday night's Golden Globe Awards will mark the home stretch for Hollywood's awards season, leading up to the March 5 Oscars.

So far, Brokeback's Heath Ledger has gathered plenty of momentum in the best-actor category, while Reese Witherspoon has similarly captivated critics' group as the real-life June Carter Cash in Walk the Line – and could have a lock on the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy.

Then there's Felicity Huffman, who has two shots at Globe glory come Monday night: One for her Desperate Housewives role as Lynette, for which she won last year's Emmy, and another for actress in a movie drama, for her role as a transsexual in Transamerica.

As Huffman admitted to PEOPLE, the reaction to the indie movie, including the Globe nod, is "a wonderful surprise. I thought my mom would watch (the movie), and that would be about it."

Also slated for heavy camera time Monday is Globe triple nominee George Clooney, who's up for directing and co-writing the McCarthy-era drama Good Night, and Good Luck, about pioneering newscaster Edward R. Murrow, as well as for his supporting role in Syriana.

The Globe nominations also signal a comeback for Woody Allen, whose Match Point, starring the nominated Scarlett Johansson, is considered the filmmaker's best effort in more than a decade. Allen's film earned him a director nomination and a nod for best drama, alongside The Constant Gardener, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence and Brokeback Mountain, which garnered seven nominations in all.

Given that the Globes have a separate best-picture category for musical or comedy films, those nominees are Mrs. Henderson Presents, Pride & Prejudice, The Producers, The Squid and the Whale and Walk the Line.

In the TV category, the entire cast of Housewives made the cut – save for Nicollette Sheridan. But Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Huffman were all nominated. The only non-Housewife in the race to win best actress in a comedy series is Mary-Louise Parker, for Showtime's Weeds.

Said Longoria to PEOPLE: "I am most honored to be competing with my castmates. I hope one of us wins!"

The Globes will be presented live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. (Red-carpet coverage kicks off on the E! network at 6 p.m. ET.)

Here's a rundown of the top categories:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Match Point

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride and Prejudice
The Producers
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
• Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
• Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
• Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
• David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
• Terrence Howard, Hustle and Flow

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
• Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
• Maria Bello, A History of Violence
• Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
• Charlize Theron, North Country
• Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
• Nathan Lane, The Producers
• Pierce Brosnan, The Matador
• Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
• Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
• Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
• Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
• Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
• Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
• Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
• Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
• Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Best Director, Motion Picture
• Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
• Fernando Meirelles The Constant Gardener
• George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
• Peter Jackson, King Kong
• Woody Allen, Match Point
• Steven Spielberg, Munich

Best Television Series, Drama
Commander in Chief
Grey's Anatomy
Lost
Prison Break
Rome

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
• Patricia Arquette, Medium
• Glenn Close, The Shield
• Geena Davis, Commander in Chief
• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
• Polly Walker, Rome

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
• Hugh Laurie, House
• Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
• Matthew Fox, Lost
• Wentworth Miller, Prison Break
• Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Desperate Housewives
Entourage
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl
Weeds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
• Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
• Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
• Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
• Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
• Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
• Zach Braff, Scrubs
• Steve Carell, The Office
• Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
• Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl
• Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

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