‘Atonement’ leads list of nominees for Globes

No clear front-runners have emerged in the run-up to the Academy Awards.



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The British historical romance “Atonement” led the competition for the Golden Globes with seven nominations Thursday, including best drama and acting honors for Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Other best drama nominees for the 65th Golden Globes were the crime sagas “American Gangster,” “Eastern Promises and “No Country for Old Men,” the inspirational college drama “The Great Debaters,” the legal drama “Michael Clayton” and the California oil-boom epic “There Will Be Blood.” Globe voters picked seven dramatic nominees, rather than the usual five.

Nominated for best comedy or musical were the Beatles musical “Across the Universe,” the foreign-policy romp “Charlie Wilson’s War,” the Broadway adaptation “Hairspray,” the teen-pregnancy comedy “Juno” and the bloody musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan, “Atonement” earned dramatic actress and actor nominations for Knightley and McAvoy, who play lovers whose new-found romance is shattered after Knightley’s jealous younger sister (Saoirse Ronan) falsely accuses McAvoy of a crime.

“Atonement” also had nominations for Ronan as supporting actress, director for Joe Wright, screenplay for Christopher Hampton and musical score for Dario Marianelli.

No clear front-runners have yet emerged in the long buildup to the Academy Awards race, so the big nominations haul could make an early favorite out of “Atonement,” which just opened theatrically last week. Oscar nominations come out nine days after the Golden Globes are awarded on Jan. 13.

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