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Foxx bags Golden Globes hat-trick
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
Jamie Foxx plays late singer Ray Charles in Ray
Actor Jamie Foxx has been given three nominations for Golden Globe awards, with Nicole Kidman, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio also up for prizes.

Quirky comedy Sideways has the most nominations of any film, up for seven awards, ahead of The Aviator with six.

Foxx is nominated for the movies Ray and Collateral plus TV film Redemption.

DiCaprio is nominated for The Aviator, Kidman is in the running for Birth, Depp is included for Finding Neverland while Kate Winslet leads the UK hopes.

She is nominated for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as is her co-star Jim Carrey.

Paul Giamatti (left) and Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Sideways (above) - 7
The Aviator - 6
Closer - 5
Finding Neverland - 5
Million Dollar Baby - 5
Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes split awards in two by genre - one prize is for dramas and the other for musicals and comedies.

Eternal Sunshine is up for best musical or comedy, alongside The Incredibles, Phantom of the Opera, Ray and Sideways.

Sideways, written and directed by About Schmidt film-maker Alexander Payne, follows two middle-aged men looking for love, wine and themselves on a Californian road trip.

The Aviator, Closer, Finding Neverland, Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey and Million Dollar Baby are nominated for best film drama.

The Aviator, which sees DiCaprio play pilot and playboy Howard Hughes, has also earned director Martin Scorsese a nomination.

Cate Blanchett, who plays film legend Katharine Hepburn in the film, is up for best supporting actress, alongside Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman.

Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp star in Finding Neverland
Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp star in Finding Neverland
Portman is nominated for Closer, a romantic drama that began on London's West End stage. Clive Owen has also got a supporting nomination - but the film's biggest stars Julia Roberts and Jude Law were passed over.

In Finding Neverland, Depp plays Peter Pan author JM Barrie alongside Kate Winslet, who missed out on a second nomination.

Clint Eastwood is shortlisted twice for directing and composing music for Million Dollar Baby while actors Hilary Swank, who plays a female boxer, and Morgan Freeman, have been recognised for their roles.

Swank is in the running for best drama actress against Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Imelda Staunton and Uma Thurman.

On the musical and comedy side, Winslet is up against Renee Zellweger for the second Bridget Jones film plus Annette Bening, Ashley Judd and Emmy Rossum.

Natalie Portman and Jude Law in Closer
Closer, with Natalie Portman and Jude Law, got five nominations
Among the actors, Depp and DiCaprio are joined by Liam Neeson, Don Cheadle and Javier Bardem in the drama category.

Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline and Paul Giamatti will compete with Carrey and Foxx for a musical or comedy award.

Foxx's nominations came on the actor's 37th birthday and cap a meteoric rise for the former star of TV sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show.

Two of his nominations came for portrayals of very different real-life figures - late soul singer Ray Charles in Ray and Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Los Angeles Crips gang in Redemption.

His third nomination is for playing the taxi driver taken hostage by Tom Cruise's character in Collateral.

Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives (above) - 5
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers - 4
The Sopranos - 4
The Globes also include categories for TV achievements, with suburban satire Desperate Housewives leading the nominations in that section with five.

Matt LeBlanc has a chance for best actor in a TV comedy or musical for Friends spin-off Joey - but will have to beat Charlie Sheen for Two and a Half Men and Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The ceremony will take place on 16 January, with the Oscars following on 27 February.

The Golden Globes are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made up of film reporters based in Los Angeles and working for overseas outlets.


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