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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 17:59 GMT
Globes hope for Will and Grace
All four stars of Will and Grace have nominations
All four stars of Will and Grace have nominations
Sitcom Will and Grace leads the nominations in the TV section of the Golden Globe Awards.

All four main characters of the New York-based comedy have been nominated for acting awards, with an appearance in the best TV comedy category taking the show's total to five.

Best TV comedy category
Ally McBeal
Frasier
Friends
Sex and the City
Will and Grace
Mob drama The Sopranos has four nominations, while The West Wing, Sex and the City and Band of Brothers are among the shows with three.

Eric McCormack, who plays gay lawyer Will, won an Emmy for his role earlier this year and is also named in the best comedy actor category this time.

But he must beat Frasier's Kelsey Grammer, Spin City's Charlie Sheen, Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle and Tom Cavanagh, who stars in Ed.

Best TV drama category
24
Alias
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The Sopranos
The West Wing
In the best comedy actress category, Debra Messing, who plays interior designer Grace, is up against big names including Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and the City and Calista Flockhart, who plays Ally McBeal.

Several categories are dedicated to drama series, with The Sopranos and The West Wing continuing their dominance of the genre.

Both shows are named in the best TV drama category, alongside 24, Alias and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as a CIA agent in 24
Kiefer Sutherland stars as a CIA agent in 24
The West Wing recently won four Emmy awards, including best drama, while The Sopranos picked up three.

Kiefer Sutherland, who made his names in films such as Flatliners and Young Guns, now stars as CIA agent Jack Bauer in 24, and is up for the best dramatic actor prize.

This is a heavyweight category that also features Martin Sheen and James Gandolfini.

The categories shared by TV movies and mini-series also feature strong competition, with Band of Brothers, Anne Frank and Life with Judy Garland all attracting three nominations.

Ben Kingsley: Played Anne Frank's father
Ben Kingsley: Played Anne Frank's father
In the category for best mini-series or TV movie actor, Oscar-winning Ben Kingsley, who played Anne Frank's father, faces Kenneth Branagh, for Conspiracy, and Damian Lewis, for Band of Brothers.

Kingsley also has a movie nomination for Sexy Beast.

The category for best mini-series or TV movie actress includes Bridget Fonda, for her role as a reporter whose foetus is a clone in TV feature No Ordinary Baby.

She is up against Emma Thompson, who plays a professor in another TV movie, Wit, and 15-year-old Hannah Taylor-Gordon for her portrayal of Anne Frank.

See also:

05 Nov 01 | TV and Radio
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