'Cold Mountain' Tops List Of Golden Globe Nominees

Jack Black earns surprise nomination for role in 'School of Rock.'

The Civil War epic "Cold Mountain" was the hottest movie in Hollywood Thursday, when the nominees for the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards were announced.

The period piece scored a total of eight nominations, including one for best drama and one each for its stars Nicole Kidman (best dramatic actress) and Jude Law (best dramatic actor). Director Anthony Minghella also garnered nods for best director and best screenplay.

In the prestigious best-drama category, "Cold Mountain" faces off against "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Mystic River," "Seabiscuit" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which earned a total of four nominations.

The third and final installment of the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel trilogy, which opened nationwide on Wednesday, also earned nods for best director (Peter Jackson), best original score (Howard Shore), and best original song ("Into the West").

Each of the other "Lord of the Rings" chapters had been nominated for Golden Globes in years past, though Frodo and friends have yet to score a victory. Two years ago, the first installment, "The Fellowship of the Ring," was nominated in all the same categories as "The Return of the King" and failed to win any. Last year, "The Two Towers" nabbed nominations for best film drama and best director and came up empty.

The Sofia Coppola-directed "Lost in Translation," and "Mystic River," starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon, tied for having the second-most nominations with five apiece.

Presented January 25 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes are seen as an indicator of who'll score big at the Oscars in February.

Unlike the Oscars, the film industry's most prestigious recognition, the Golden Globes have split up motion-picture categories into comedy/musical and drama subsets. The awards also honor achievements in television.

The computer-animated "Finding Nemo" is up for best picture in the comedy/drama category, going up against Tim Burton's latest film, "Big Fish," the foreign soccer flick "Bend It Like Beckham," "Lost in Translation" and "Love Actually."

Jack Black earned a surprise nomination for best actor in a comedy or music for his role in "The School of Rock." One half of the self-proclaimed "greatest band on Earth" (a.k.a. Tenacious D) will go up against Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"), Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation"), Jack Nicholson ("Something's Gotta Give") and Billy Bob Thornton ("Bad Santa").

In the television categories, NBC's political saga "The West Wing" garnered the lion's share in the drama category with three nods, including best television series, best dramatic performance by an actress (Allison Janney) and best dramatic performance by an actor (Martin Sheen).

NBC's "Will & Grace" and HBO's "Sex and the City" are tied with the most nominations in the musical/comedy grouping. Both will be going head to head in the categories of best comedy series, best comedic performance by an actress, and best comedic performance by a supporting actress.

Notable categories and nominations for the 61st annual Golden Globes:

    Best Motion Picture

  • "Cold Mountain"

  • "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (Click for photos)

  • "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

  • "Mystic River"

  • "Seabiscuit" (Click for photos)

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Cate Blanchett - "Veronica Guerin"

  • Nicole Kidman - "Cold Mountain"

  • Scarlett Johansson - "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

  • Charlize Theron - "Monster"

  • Uma Thurman - "Kill Bill" (Click for photos)

  • Evan Rachel Wood - "Thirteen"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Russell Crowe - "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

  • Tom Cruise - "The Last Samurai" (Click for photos)

  • Ben Kingsley - "House of Sand and Fog"

  • Jude Law - "Cold Mountain"

  • Sean Penn - "Mystic River"

    Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • "Bend It Like Beckham"

  • "Big Fish"

  • "Finding Nemo" (Click for photos)

  • "Lost in Translation" (Click for photos)

  • "Love Actually"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Jamie Lee Curtis - "Freaky Friday" (Click for photos)

  • Scarlett Johansson - "Lost in Translation"

  • Diane Keaton - "Something's Gotta Give"

  • Diane Lane - "Under the Tuscan Sun"

  • Helen Mirren - "Calendar Girls"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Jack Black - "The School of Rock" (Click for photos)

  • Johnny Depp - "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (Click for photos)

  • Bill Murray - "Lost in Translation"

  • Jack Nicholson - "Something's Gotta Give"

  • Billy Bob Thornton - "Bad Santa"

    Best Director - Motion Picture

  • Sofia Coppola - "Lost in Translation"

  • Clint Eastwood - "Mystic River"

  • Peter Jackson - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

  • Anthony Minghella - "Cold Mountain"

  • Peter Weir - "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

    Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

  • Sofia Coppola - "Lost in Translation"

  • Richard Curtis - "Love Actually"

  • Brian Helgeland - "Mystic River"

  • Anthony Minghella - "Cold Mountain"

  • Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kristen Sheridan - "In America"

    Best Television Series - Drama

  • "24"

  • "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

  • "Nip/Tuck"

  • "Six Feet Under"

  • "The West Wing"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

  • Frances Conroy - "Six Feet Under"

  • Jennifer Garner - "Alias"

  • Allison Janney - "The West Wing"

  • Joely Richardson - "Nip/Tuck"

  • Amber Tamblyn - "Joan of Arcadia"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

  • Michael Chiklis - "The Shield"

  • Anthony LaPaglia - "Without a Trace"

  • William Petersen - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

  • Martin Sheen - "The West Wing"

  • Kiefer Sutherland - "24"

    Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

  • "Arrested Development"

  • "Monk"

  • "The Office"

  • "Sex and the City"

  • "Will & Grace"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

  • Bonnie Hunt - "Life With Bonnie"

  • Reba McEntire - "Reba"

  • Debra Messing - "Will & Grace"

  • Sarah Jessica Parker - "Sex and the City"

  • Bitty Schram - "Monk"

  • Alicia Silverstone - "Miss Match"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

  • Ricky Gervais - "The Office"

  • Matt LeBlanc - "Friends"

  • Bernie Mac - "The Bernie Mac Show"

  • Eric McCormack - "Will & Grace"

  • Tony Shalhoub - "Monk"

    For a complete list of nominations visit www.hfpa.org.