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Brit stars aim for Golden Globes
Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland
Kate Winslet stars with Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland
Kate Winslet, Imelda Staunton, Joely Richardson and Clive Owen are among the leading British hopes for this year's Golden Globe awards in Hollywood.

If there is UK success at the awards in January, it would follow Ricky Gervais' double victory at the 2004 awards.

Winslet is nominated for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while Staunton is named for her role in Mike Leigh's latest film Vera Drake.

Mick Jagger and ex-Eurythmics star Dave Stewart are up for best song for Alfie.

The Golden Globes, to be handed out in January, are second only to the Oscars in the Hollywood award pecking order.

Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake
Imelda Staunton plays a 1950s abortionist in Vera Drake
Winslet has been nominated three times before - for Sense and Sensibility, Titanic and Iris - but has never won.

Staunton, a stalwart of British film and TV, is now enjoying global acclaim as the 1950s abortionist in Vera Drake.

King Arthur and Gosford Park star Clive Owen has been nominated for Closer, a drama set in London and written by British playwright Patrick Marber.

It was originally a play in London's West End, where it opened in 1997 to high acclaim and awards.

Another British creation was Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, which was a stage musical sensation when it opened in London in 1986.

Its new movie version has now been nominated for best musical or comedy.

Miranda Richardson and Bill Nighy in The Lost Prince
Miranda Richardson is nominated for BBC drama The Lost Prince
In the Golden Globes' television categories, Joely Richardson - daughter of Vanessa Redgrave - is up for best TV drama actress for her role in Nip/Tuck.

And Ian McShane, best known in the UK for playing antique dealer Lovejoy, is up for best TV drama actor.

He is on US screens playing Al Swearengen, a saloon owner and hotel operator in the 19th Century Wild West town of Deadwood.

British stars Miranda Richardson, Patrick Stewart and Emily Watson are all nominated for parts in mini-series and TV movies.

Watson's nomination is for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, based on the story of the late Goons comic, and which was shown in the US as a TV movie on HBO.

Ricky Gervais at the last Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais was the surprise winner at the last Golden Globes
Richardson is shortlisted for her role as Queen Mary in BBC drama The Lost Prince while Stewart played another royal, King Henry II, in The Lion in Winter.

Jagger and Stewart, meanwhile, are up against Lloyd Webber in the best original song category.

The Rolling Stones and Eurythmics stars are nominated for Old Habits Die Hard from Alfie, against The Phantom of the Opera's Learn To Be Lonely.

Last year, Ricky Gervais and his sitcom The Office were surprise winners of best TV comedy actor and best comedy show.


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