Globe Fever: Heath & Reese to Win?
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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
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride and Prejudice
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
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
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl
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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