Golden Globes surprises

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DOUG KRIZNER: Yesterday the Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 64th Annual Golden Globes. There are categories in both film and television We take a look with Variety senior editor Stu Levine.

STUART LEVINE: Well, the big news of the day really Doug is that, which is very unusual, that both Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood were nominated twice in the same category. Leo is now going to go against himself, he's nominated for both The Departed and for Blood Diamond, both from Warner Brothers. And for Clint, he's nominated for directing Flags of our Fathers and the Japanese perspective of Flags, which is called Letters From Iwo Jima, which is not out yet but I saw it last week and it's terrific. So they're basically going against each other in the acting and directing categories.

KRIZNER: So when you get a nomination, does it necessarily translate into bigger box office for the film?

LEVINE: It can, it can. Some of the smaller films, some of the films that have not come out yet, this kind of extra publicity certainly is going to help a lot. For films that have already been out on the marketplace for awhile, something like Departed or The Queen, I don't think an expected Golden Globe nomination is going to turn into any kind of big box office bump. But for some of the newer films, and the stuff that's not out there yet, I think the extra publicity certainly can help.

KRIZNER: How well do these nominations correlate to the Oscars?

LEVINE: It's pretty close. The only big difference is that the Globes actually have 10 categories for stuff like film and actor. The Globes have a drama category and a separate comedy/musical category. So that's actually pared down for the Oscars because the Oscars only have five. So what usually happens is three of the four drama films from the Globes will make it to the Oscar category, but maybe one, possibly two but not usually, of the comedy/musicals will go into the Oscars.

KRIZNER: Now the Globes also have a category for television. Any surprises here?

LEVINE: Correct. Um, no big surprises. The Globes every year they like to kind of pick out the new shows, the shows that just launched, and say these are the shows that are worthy of awards attention. This year that would go to Ugly Betty, the ABC show starring America Ferrera, which is doing gangbusters both Nielsen-wise and critics-wise. And the new NBC show Heroes, which has been a big hit for NBC which has had some tough times over the past few years. Heroes got best drama and Masi Oka, one of the stars of the show, got nominated so it's good news for NBC and ABC on those fronts. .

KRIZNER: What about the awards show broadcast itself, does it draw a big audience?

LEVINE: Huge, it's probably second only to the, well moviewise, Oscar obviously does No.1, but the Globes broadcast is always in the top 5 or 10 of the year after the Super Bowl, I think the Grammys, Emmys, that kind of stuff. NBC's had it for the past couple years. It used to run on Sunday nights but they moved it over the past couple years because of football on Sunday nights so they've moved it now to Mondays where it seems to be holding its own pretty well and I would not be surprised at all if it draws another big crowd.

KRIZNER: Stu thanks very much for talking with us.

LEVINE: My pleasure.

KRIZNER: Stu Levine is senior editor with Daily Variety.

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