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'Brokeback Mountain' leads Golden Globe nominations

Clooney tapped for work in 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' 'Syriana'

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Heath Ledger, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain"

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- "Brokeback Mountain," the story of two cowboys grappling with their love for each other, was the top Golden Globe contender Tuesday, picking up seven nominations, including best dramatic picture.

It also was nominated for best director (Ang Lee), best actor in a drama (Heath Ledger) and best supporting actress in a drama (Michelle Williams) as well as best screenplay, best original score and best original song.

"Good Night, and Good Luck," "The Constant Gardener," "A History of Violence" and "Match Point" also were nominated for best dramatic picture. (Watch CNN's Sibila Vargas discuss the top contenders -- 3:25)

The nominations came a day after "Brokeback Mountain" won the New York Film Critics Circle's best picture, best director and best actor (Ledger) awards. (Full story)

The nomination for "Good Night, and Good Luck" was one of four for George Clooney, who produced and directed the Edward R. Murrow biography, co-wrote the screenplay and played a supporting role in it.

He also was nominated for best director, best screenplay (with Grant Heslov) and picked up a best supporting actor nod for his role in the political drama "Syriana."

In addition to Clooney and Lee, best director nominations went to Woody Allen ("Match Point"), Peter Jackson ("King Kong"), Fernando Meirelles ("The Constant Gardener") and Steven Spielberg ("Munich").

In addition to Ledger, the best actor nominees for drama were Russell Crowe ("Cinderella Man"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow") and David Strathairn ("Good Night, and Good Luck").

Best actress in a drama nominations went to Maria Bello ("A History of Violence"), Felicity Huffman ("Transamerica"), Gwyneth Paltrow ("Proof"), Charlize Theron ("North Country") and Ziyi Zhang ("Memoirs of a Geisha").

Huffman also was nominated on the television side for her role in the hit series "Desperate Housewives." Her Wisteria Lane neighbors Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria also were nominated in the best actress in a television musical or comedy category, along with "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker.

Last year, Longoria was the only one of the "Desperate Housewives" stars who was not nominated.

The nominees for best musical or comedy motion picture include "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Pride & Prejudice," "The Producers," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Walk the Line."

Best actor in a musical or comedy nominations went to Pierce Brosnan ("The Matador"), Jeff Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale"), Johnny Depp ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), Nathan Lane ("The Producers"), Cillian Murphy ("Breakfast on Pluto") and Joaquin Phoenix ("Walk the Line"). (Watch: Where will Daniels put the award should he win? -- 4:24)

Judi Dench ("Mrs. Henderson Presents"), Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice"), Laura Linney ("The Squid and the Whale"), Sarah Jesica Parker ("The Family Stone") and Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") were nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy.

Besides Clooney (for "Syriana"), best supporting actor nominations went to Matt Dillon ("Crash"), Will Ferrell ("The Producers"), Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man") and Bob Hoskins ("Mrs. Henderson Presents").

In addition to "Brokeback Mountain's" Williams, supporting actress nominations went to Scarlett Johansson ("Match Point"), Shirley MacLaine ("In Her Shoes"), Frances McDormand ("North Country") and Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener")

In the television category, the best drama nominations went to "Commander in Chief" (ABC), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "Lost" (ABC), "Prison Break" (Fox) and "Rome" (HBO).

Best actor nominations in a drama went to Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break") and Kiefer Sutherland ("24").

The nominations for best actress in a drama went to Patricia Arquette ("Medium"), Glenn Close ("The Shield"), Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief"), Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") and Polly Walker ("Rome").

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HB0), "Desperate Housewives" (ABC), "Entourage" (HB0), "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN), "My Name Is Earl" (NBC) and "Weeds" (Showtime) picked up best musical or comedy series nominations.

Best comedy/musical actor nominations went to Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl") and Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men").

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is scheduled to present the awards on January 16 in Beverly Hills, California.

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