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George Clooney film Up In The Air leads Golden Globes

George Clooney in Up In The Air

Up In The Air, starring George Clooney, is leading the nominations at this year's Golden Globe Awards.

The film snared six nods including best drama, best actor for Clooney and best director for film-maker Jason Reitman.

Meryl Streep has picked up two acting nominations in the best actress category for Julie and Julia and It's Complicated.

Sir Paul McCartney and U2 are in the running against each other for best original song.

Sir Paul is nominated for I Want To Come Home from the Robert De Niro comedy Everybody's Fine, while U2 have been shortlisted for Winter from the film Brothers.

Musical nods

I See You, sung by Leona Lewis - the theme song from Avatar - is also nominated.

Oscar-winner James Cameron's big budget CGI adventure is in the running for four awards, including best drama and best director for Cameron.

Nine, the musical starring Daniel Day-Lewis and a star-studded female cast secured five nods, including best comedy or musical, best supporting actress for Penelope Cruz and best actor for Day-Lewis.

Sandra Bullock
Bullock stars in American football film The Blind Side

There are nominations for British actors Colin Firth, Dame Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan for An Education.

Firth, in the runing for best actor in the drama category for his role in A Single Man, said: "The Hollywood Foreign Press have just given me time out from my 20-year midlife crisis. My heartfelt thanks to them."

Emily Blunt is also nominated for playing Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria and Kenneth Branagh, for the BBC detective drama Wallander, is nominated in the television category.

The best performance by an actor in a mini-series or picture made for television is dominated by British actors with Branagh up against Jeremy Irons, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Irish-born Brendan Gleeson.

The list is completed by US star Kevin Bacon for his role in Taking Chance.

The Golden Glode nominations being announced

Double nominees include Anna Paquin, one of the youngest Academy Award winners, who lands nods for TV show True Blood and TV movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.

Sandra Bullock also picked up two acting nods for The Proposal and The Blind Side.

The Golden Globes are Hollywood's second-biggest film awards after the Oscars, and Tuesday's nominations herald the start of the film awards season.

Globe winners can get a last-minute boost for an Oscar nod as the ceremony is held just six days before nomination voting closes for the Oscars.

Next year's Globes, which take place on 17 January, will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

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