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Brits' cheer at Globe nominations
Jude Law and Nicole Kidman
Law and Kidman promoted Cold Mountain in London this week
Actor Jude Law and a string of fellow British stars have said they are "absolutely delighted" to be nominated for a Golden Globe awards.

Cold Mountain star Law said: "I'm thrilled that the film I am so proud of is being recognised."

Ricky Gervais, nominated for his role in The Office, told BBC News Online: "This is the biggest thing ever."

Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Ben Kingsley and director Richard Curtis have also expressed delight at nominations.

Cold Mountain, a saga set during the American Civil War, is leading the Globes race with eight nominations.

I need my come-uppance and Matt LeBlanc is the man to do it
Ricky Gervais
Law, Kidman and Renee Zellweger are nominated for their roles in the epic, while Anthony Minghella is in the running for best director.

Law said: "I am absolutely delighted to be in such great company."

He said he hoped the film's success would mean focus would now be averted from untrue tales he had an affair with Nicole Kidman.

Speaking about the false rumours about an affair with his co-star, he added: "It's unfortunate how predictable those kind of rumours are.

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"I think that now people have seen the film it is clear that what was being reported was simply the effect that this film was going to have. It is a beautifully romantic love story and that is clear on the screen."

Kidman won reported five-figure libel damages from The Sun newspaper in October after it wrongly said in March that she was having a relationship with Law during filming.

Gervais is the first British actor to be nominated for a TV comedy acting award at the Globes.

The highly-acclaimed BBC comedy The Office also has the distinction of being the first non-American series to be in the running for best comedy programme.

"That makes it much more exciting," he said.

But he told News Online he did not think he had any chance of winning.

He is competing against the likes of Friends star Matt LeBlanc in the best TV comedy actor category, while The Office is up against shows like Sex and City in the best TV musical or comedy section.

"I feel like I am definitely going to lose. It would be good to lose," he said.

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger also starred in Cold Mountain
"I need my come-uppance and Matt Le Blanc is the man to do it - it's character building."

Minghella said he was pleased the Globes had recognised a film made by an international cast and crew.

"The great thing about Hollywood has been its generosity toward people who don't come from America," he said.

Dame Helen Mirren, nominated for her acting in British comedy film Calendar Girls and TV production Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, said she was "deeply gratified" to be on the shortlist and proud of both works.

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Sir Ben Kingsley said he felt "jolly" to be considered for his role in House of Sand and Fog, in which he plays a father fighting to keep his newly-bought home from its original owner.

Richard Curtis, who is up for best film screenplay for romantic comedy Love Actually, found out about his nomination amid domestic "chaos" following the birth of his fourth child.

"It's only when (my mobile phone) was vibrating for the fourth time that I thought there must be something up," he said. "We all had a very jolly lunch."

Sir Elton John, nominated for his song The Heart of Every Girl for the movie Mona Lisa Smile, said: "This will be an extra special fun night since I'll get to see a lot of friends like Sting, Bono, Annie Lennox and Eddie Vedder."

Sting said it was "a great honour" to be included for his song You Will Be My Ain True Love, sung by Alison Krauss for Cold Mountain.

Other British nominees include acting veterans Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Albert Finney, and TV's Ricky Gervais, shortlisted for his sitcom The Office.

The Golden Globes, to be awarded in Los Angeles on 25 January, are seen as strong indicators for Oscar success.




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