Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among those nominated Thursday morning for Golden Globes, part of Hollywood's pre-Oscar awards' season frenzy now underway.
Pitt was nominated for his leading dramatic role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which, along with director Ron Howard's adaptation of the stage drama Frost/Nixon and another stage-to-screen transfer, Doubt, led the Globes' list, with five nominations each.
The Reader, Revolutionary Road and Slumdog Millionaire are also nominees for best dramatic picture. Best musical or comedy movie nominees are Burn After Reading, Happy-Go-Lucky, In Bruges, Mamma Mia! and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Meryl Streep nabbed two nominations: best dramatic actress for Doubt and musical or comedy actress for Mamma Mia!. Kate Winslet also has the chance for double honors, as leading dramatic actress in Revolutionary Road and as supporting-actress in The Reader.
Besides Pitt, the other dramatic leading actor nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road; Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Sean Penn, Milk (that acclaimed film's only nomination); and Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.
Jolie and Streep's competition for best dramatic movie actress will come from Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; and Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long.
In the TV division, the Globes smiled upon Tina Fey, whose Emmy-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock was nominated as best comedy series, along with that same network's The Office, Showtime's Californication and Weeds and HBO's Entourage.
In the dramatic series category, those cited were FOX's House (the only broadcast network nominee), HBO's In Treatment and True Blood, Showtime's Dexter and AMC's Emmy winner Mad Men.
See a full list of the 2009 Golden Globe nominees.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast Jan. 11 from the Beverly Hilton at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Giggles for Franco, CruiseThursday's nominees were announced by Elizabeth Banks, Brooke Shields, Terrence Howard, Rainn Wilson and Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards.
Giggling broke out when the names of James Franco and Tom Cruise were announced, for their respective comedy roles – in Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder.
A year ago, a strike by the Writers Guild of America effectively shut down the Globes telecast, with nominees refusing to cross the picket line to attend a ceremony. Instead, a small-scale TV special was aired, simply to announce the winners.
In terms of predicting the Academy Awards, the last movie to win both the Golden Globes' best drama and best picture at the Oscars was 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Last year's top Globe drama trophy went to Atonement, which left the Oscars empty handed.
This year's Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22.