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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 16:57 GMT
Housewives frontrunners at Globes
Stars of Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives leads the shortlist with five nominations
TV comedy Desperate Housewives has won acting nominations for its four leading ladies in the run-up to the 63rd annual Golden Globe awards in January.

Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman were all shortlisted for the best actress in a comedy television series.

The hit series was also shortlisted for best comedy TV series.

British TV put in a good showing, with actors Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald all shortlisted.

Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald in Girl in the Cafe
Girl in the Cafe was written by Love Actually director Richard Curtis
The Golden Globes also honour films, with Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain leading the cinema nominations. The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 16 January.

Kenneth Branagh was nominated for his performance in the TV film Warm Springs, playing the US president Franklin D Roosevelt opposite Sex in the City's Cynthia Nixon, who is also nominated.

Fellow Britons Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald were both shortlisted for their roles in Richard Curtis-scripted drama The Girl in the Cafe.

Irish star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was nominated for best performance by an actor in the mini-series Elvis, while Briton Naveen Andrews is shortlisted for his work in Lost.

Emmy nominees Hugh Laurie also wins a nomination for best actor in a drama, for medical series House, competing with Lost lead Matthew Fox.

Matthew Fox in Lost
Matthew Fox plays a doctor and plane crash survivor in Lost

Epic mini-series Rome, co-produced by BBC and HBO, picked up two nominations, including best actress in a drama for Polly Walker, and best TV drama, while BBC America's Viva Blackpool is shortlisted in the best mini-series or TV feature film category.

Among its rivals is the celebrity-laden Empire Falls, which was shortlisted for four nominations including acting nominations for husband-and-wife duo Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Ed Harris.

Other notable acting nominees include Geena Davis, for her work as the first female president in Commander in Chief, Glenn Close, for police series The Shield and Halle Berry for TV feature film The Eyes Were Watching God.

Donald Sutherland wins two acting nominations for Human Trafficking and Commander in Chief.

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