Brokeback Mountain led the field at the 63rd Golden Globenominations ceremony with seven mentions including best picture (drama), bestdirector for Ang Lee, best actor (drama) for Heath Ledger, and best screenplayby Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
It was the first year inGlobes history that all five pictures nominated for best drama wereindependently financed affairs all budgeted under $30m. Big-budget movies like Munichand King Kong failed to make the final five even though theirrespective directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were nominated.
There was unadulterated joyat Focus Features, which picked up 12 nominations overall including three for TheConstant Gardener and two for Pride& Prejudice.
However the mood must havebeen subdued at Sony, where the studio's brassy awards tentpole Memoirs Of AGeisha emerged with just twonominations for best dramatic actress for Ziyi Zhang and best composer for JohnWilliams (his 20th Golden Globe nomination). Meanwhile Sony PicturesClassics' Capote, considered bymany one of the year's best films, earneda single nomination for best dramatic actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman. AndSony-based Revolution Studios, which was hoping that its musical Rent would feature in the Globes' unique musical orcomedy categories was also disappointed.
The Weinstein Company earnedseven nominations led by Mrs Henderson Presents with nods for best comedy or musical, best actressin that category for Judi Dench, and best supporting actor for Bob Hoskins. Inaddition there were nominations for best actress (drama) for Felicity Hoffmanin Transamerica and best actor(musical or comedy) for Pierce Brosnan in The Matador.
The Weinstein Company alsoearned a nomination for Chen Kaige's Chinese epic Master Of The CrimsonArmor aka The Promise. That picture will contest the best foreign-languageprize with France's Merry Christmas,Hong Kong's Kung-Fu Hustle,Palestine's Paradise Now, andSouth Africa's Tsotsi.
Warner Independent Picturesregistered four nominations for Good Night, And Good Luck with best picture (drama), best actor (drama) forDavid Strathairn, best director for George Clooney, and best screenplay forClooney and Grant Heslov.
Samuel Goldwyn Films earnedthree nominations for The Squid And The Whale - best picture (musical or comedy), and best actorand actress in a musical or comedy for Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.
"When people like Ang Lee,Fernando Meirelles and Joe Wright want to make movies you have to go with itand follow their vision," Focus Features co-head David Linde said. Linde andpartner James Schamus have tried to make Brokeback Mountain since their days at Good Machine and Linde said hecould not have been happier with the way the film turned out.
"All our actors haveproduced some stunning work this year," Linde continued. "Heath Ledger wasunbelievable in Brokeback Mountain,while Keira Knightley was transcendent in Pride & Prejudice. Rachel Weisz was only in The Constant Gardener for just over 30 minutes but her spirit hangs over thestory."
"My deepest thanks for thisrecognition," Ang Lee said in a statement. "I am so touched that the HFPAmembers have honored so many of the people who worked on Brokeback Mountain. With the support of these nominations, thisuniversal love story will be seen and heard by more and more people all overthe globe." Ledger added: "It's a real honour to be a part of a moviethat has been as well-received as Brokeback Mountain has, and I'm so proud of it."
"This is thrilling forall of us who journeyed around the world to make The Constant Gardener," Meirelles said. "I'm so thankful to the HFPA forrecognising the film and Rachel this morning. It's a great day." Weiszpaid tribute to her collaborators on the film, adding that she was "elated" toreceive a nomination. Pride & Prejudice producer Tim Bevan said: "We'redelighted that our leading lady is a Golden Globe Award nominee, and we'rethrilled that the HFPA members have embraced our movie - it was a joy tomake."
Jeff Daniels, who isnominated for best actor said he knew his role as an embittered writer in TheSquid And The Whale would be aworthwhile risk. "I jumped on the chance to play Bernard," Daniels said. "Iknew I'd have to throw everything I had at it to pull it off because it was sotricky - you're walking a tightrope to play this self-absorbed monster and yetyou want people to feel for him. It was a great opportunity but also achallenge with failure written all over it."
Sarah Jessica Parker, whoearned a best actress nomination in the musical or comedy category for playingagainst type as an uptight professional in The Family Stone, would probably understand more than most whatDaniels is talking about. "The character is light-years away from anyone I haveever played before: a wreck of a person, quite an ugly character who finallyearns her redemption," Parker said. "It was one part of a beautifully executedscreenplay, and it was intimidating acting with so many fine actors at the topof their game, but I like to be scared and push myself."
Judi Dench said she was"absolutely thrilled, delighted and terribly honoured" to receive a nominationfor Mrs Henderson Presents, whileHoskins, nominated in the supporting actor category, said: "MrsHenderson Presents was the mostjoyous film experience I've ever had - obviously the joy shows." Hoskinsbrought the screenplay to his business partner and producer Norma Heyman, whohailed the nomination as "an acknowledgement of pure entertainment and a fineensemble piece punctuated by the chemistry between Dame Judi Dench and BobHoskins." Heyman reserved praise for The Weinstein Company, who she said "putits heart and soul into this and we're ever so grateful."
A History Of Violence is among the best picture (drama) nominees. "It's anintriguing mix of genres - iconic Western, comedy, gangster film with someinteresting undertones that speak about America," David Cronenberg, who missedout on a best director mention, said. "There was a very strong emotional centre- it's an unusual mix. You never know what the response is going to be to amovie, so you just focus on making it."
Scarlett Johansson wasnominated as supporting actress for Woody Allen's Match Point. "The Hollywood Foreign Press has always been sosupportive of my career," she said. "It's great to be recognised by people whoreally watch and analyse and discuss the films. And it's really wonderful toshare this excitement with Woody." Allen, who received a best directornomination, added: "I'm always very gratified when anyone likes a movieI've done but I can't take the credit - it's a triumph for the cast."
Grant Heslov, nominated withClooney for the screenplay for Good Night, And Good Luck, said the picture's release was timely. "This is aninteresting time to talk about some issues, and George and I felt the film hasraised the level of debate." The writing partners conducted rigorous researchfor a year before shooting. "We contacted Ed Murrow and Fred Friendly'sfamilies and they gave us stacks of telegrams that went back and forth betweenEd Murrow and Joe McCarthy."
Harry Gregson-Williams isnominated in the best score category for The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion,The Witch And The Wardrobe. "Wedecided at the outset this was going to be a lot of music," the Britishcomposer said. "The character of little Lucy and was my guide and I felt thatas long as I tracked her arc then all the other musical themes would fall intoplace."
Bob Yari, whose Stratus FilmCompany co-financed Crash and TheMatador, expressed pleasure overPierce Brosnan's nomination for best actor and Matt Dillon's best supportingactor nomination. "Pierce took a huge leap of faith playing the role in TheMatador," Yari said. "It's a verydeserving performance. Matt did a great job in a film that moved me because ithas a deep message yet manages not to avoid being preachy." Brosnan added:"I am so proud and honoured to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign PressAssociation for my role as Julian Noble in The Matador and for all my friends and colleagues who helpedmake the movie. Bravo. Bravo."
Full List of 2005 GoldenGlobe nominees
Best motion picture (drama)
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck.
A History of Violence
Best motion picture (musicalor comedy)
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line
Best Performance by an Actorin a Motion Picture - Drama
Russell Crowe Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn Good Night, and Good Luck.
Best Performance by anActress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Maria Bello A History of Violence
Gwyneth Paltrow Proof
Charlize Theron North Country
Ziyi Zhang Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Performance by an Actorin a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Pierce BrosnanThe Matador
Jeff Daniels The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane The Producers
Cillian Murphy Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line
Best Performance by anActress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line
Best Performance by an Actorin a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
George Clooney Syriana
Matt Dillon Crash
Will Ferrell The Producers
Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins Mrs. HendersonPresents
Best Performance by anActress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Scarlett Johansson Match Point
Shirley MacLaine In Her Shoes
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain
Frances McDormand North Country
Best Director - MotionPicture
Woody Allen Match Point
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson King Kong
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Meirelles The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg Munich
Best Screenplay - MotionPicture
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry& Diana Ossana
Crash Paul Haggis & BobbyMoresco
Good Night, and Good Luck. GeorgeClooney & Grant Heslov
Match Point Woody Allen
Munich Tony Kushner & EricRoth
Best Original Song - MotionPicture
"A Love That Will Never GrowOld" from Brokeback Mountain, Gustavo Santaolalla (music), Bernie Taupin(lyrics)
"Christmas In Love" from Christmas In Love, Tony Renis (music), Marva Jan Marrow (lyrics)
"There's Nothing Like a Show onBroadway" from The Producers,Mel Brooks (music & lyrics)
"Travelin' Thru" from Transamerica,Dolly Parton (music & lyrics)
"Wunderkind" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and theWardrobe, Alanis Morrissette (music& lyrics)
Best Original Score - MotionPicture
Brokeback Mountain GustavoSantaolalla
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Harry Gregson-Williams
King Kong James Newton Howard
Memoirs of a Geisha John Williams
Syriana Alexandre Desplat
Best Foreign Language Film
Kung Fu Hustle (Hong Kong)
Master of the Crimson Armor aka ThePromise (China)
Merry Christmas (France)
Paradise Now (Palestine)
Tsotsi (South Africa)
Best Television Series -Drama
Commander in Chief
Best Television Series -Musical or Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl
Best Mini-Series or MotionPicture Made for Television
Into the West
Best Performance by an Actorin a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs
Ed Harris Empire Falls
Bill Nighy The Girl in the Cafe
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Elvis
Donald Sutherland Human Trafficking
Best Performance by anActress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Halle Berry Their Eyes Were Watching God
Kelly Macdonald The Girl in theCafe
S Epatha Merkerson LackawannaBlues
Cynthia Nixon Warm Springs
Susan Sarandon The Exonerated
Best Performance by an Actorin a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Zach Braff Scrubs
Steve Carell The Office
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men
Jason Lee My Name Is Earl
Best Performance by anActress 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 Actorin a Television Series - Drama
Patrick Dempsey Grey's Anatomy
Matthew Fox Lost
Hugh Laurie House
Wentworth Miller Prison Break
Kiefer Sutherland 24
Best Performance by anActress 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 Actorin a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made forTelevision
Naveen Andrews Lost
Paul Newman Empire Falls
Jeremy Piven Entourage
Randy Quaid Elvis
Donald Sutherland Commander in Chief
Best Performance by anActress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Madefor Television
Candice Bergen Boston Legal
Camryn Manheim Elvis
Sandra Oh Grey's Anatomy
Elizabeth Perkins Weeds
Joanne Woodward Empire Falls