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Top 10 Golden Globe picks and surprises

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By Dave Karger
Entertainment Weekly

Far From Heaven
'Far From' ideal: Though ''Heaven"'s Moore was nominated and the movie scored other nods, director Todd Haynes got nada.

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(Entertainment Weekly) -- As always, the Golden Globe nominations were a mix of the expected and the surprising. Here are our top five surprises and sure things:

Sure things

The dominance of ''Chicago'' and ''The Hours.'' The Hollywood Foreign Press loves a glamorous cast. And they found no better than the ensembles of these two. Five of ''Chicago'''s eight nods went to cast members Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C. Reilly. And three ''Hours'' folks -- Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Ed Harris -- were also named.

Martin Scorsese's Best Director nod. He's been nominated for this award four times before but has never won. Although his competition this year is impressive, it's also young (Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne). He could actually win for once.

Meryl Streep's double play. The Globe voters sure do love her -- as well they should. Streep's nods for ''The Hours'' and ''Adaptation'' are her 17th and 18th. Though she has won three times, the last time was almost 20 years ago.

Outsiders find their way in. Just as Jim Carrey, ignored by the Academy, has received Globe acclaim, Adam Sandler was acknowledged by the Foreign Press in the Best Actor in a Comedy category for ''Punch-Drunk Love.'' And even Eminem got a nod for Best Song for the ''8 Mile'' theme, ''Lose Yourself,'' alongside fellow nominees Bryan Adams, U2, Paul Simon, and Madonna. If only the Best Song nominees were asked to perform at the ceremony -- then it would really get interesting.

Almost all the TV nominees. ''The West Wing,'' ''Will & Grace,'' ''Sex and the City,'' and ''The Sopranos.'' Somebody wake me up when it's over.


The ''Antwone Fisher'' snub. Denzel Washington's moving directorial debut got zilch. No screenplay, no supporting actor, nothing. This could be the death knell for its Oscar chances. Though ''The Cider House Rules'' didn't fare too well at the Globes either before going on to Oscar glory.

Only one nod for Julianne Moore. We expected both Meryl Streep and Moore to double-dip, but Moore, who was nominated for Best Actress for ''Far From Heaven,'' didn't make the list in the supporting category for ''The Hours.''

The ''Far From Heaven'' mini-snub. Todd Haynes' '50s throwback was looking strong at first, with nods in the score, screenplay, supporting actor, and actress categories. But then it was nowhere to be found in the director and picture races. People! This movie didn't direct itself!

Goldie Hawn as Best Actress in a Comedy for ''The Banger Sisters.'' Whatever.

''THE SIMPSONS''????!!!!! The Emmys have been heaping praise on this show for 13 years now, and it finally received its very first Globe nomination, in the Best TV Comedy category. Must've been that rock & roll episode with the Stones. In any case, it's about time.

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