Brits Lead Charge for Globes; (1) Double Chance: Kate Winslet Is Nominated for Her Supporting Role in the Reader, Left with David Kross, and as Best Actress in Her Husband Sam Mendess Drama Revolutionary Road (2) Cranford: Eileen Atkins and Dame Judi Dench
Byline: LOUISE JURY, AMAR SINGH
THE British stormed the shortlists for the prestigious Golden Globe film awards today.
Movies including Frost/Nixon, Slumdog Millionaire, In Bruges, Mamma Mia! and Happy-Go-Lucky dominate the honours, traditionally seen as a key indicator for the Oscars.
Kate Winslet got a double nomination for roles in The Reader, directed by Stephen Daldry, and for Revolutionary Road with her husband Sam Mendes.
Stars including Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sally Hawkins, Rebecca Hall the actress daughter of theatre director Sir Peter and Emma Thompson all get a chance of glory.
Four out of the five films in the running for best film drama are either British or have strong British ties.
Frost/Nixon, which has three nominations, started as a play at the Donmar Warehouse and was turned into a movie by London production company Work-ing Title. Frank Langella, who played President Nixon on stage and in the film, was nominated for best actor.
Slumdog Millionaire, by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, joins the best film list, with Daldrys adaptation of the Holocaust novel The Reader also a strong contender. Revolutionary Road is an American drama with strong Brit-ish hopes in the form of Mendes and Winslet. Kristin Scott Thomas pulls off the feat of being shortlisted for a French film, Ive Loved You So Long.
Sally Hawkins, star of Mike Leighs bitter-sweet comedy Happy-Go-Lucky, is up against Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey and Rebecca Hall in Woody Allens Vicky Cristina Barcelona for best performance in a musical or comedy.
Meryl Streep, for the mega hit Mamma Mia! and Frances McDormand in Burn After Reading, again produced by Working Title, complete the contenders in the category. Dame Judi Dench is nominated in the best actress in a television mini-series cat-egory, for Cranford, and her co-star Dame Eileen Atkins for best supporting actress in a TV mini-series.
The Golden Globe winners will be announced on 11 January, 11 days before the Oscar nominations.
WINSLET,MENDES AND DAME JUDI AMONG THE NOMINEES
Best film/drama: Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Best actress in a film/drama: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie, Changeling; Kristin Scott Thomas, Ive Loved You So Long; Meryl Streep, Doubt; Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Best actor in a film/drama: Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road; Sean Penn, Milk; Brad Pitt, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button; Mickey Rourke, Wrestler
Best film/musical or comedy: Burn After Reading, In Bruges, Happy-Go-Lucky, Mamma Mia, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best actress in a film/ musical or comedy: Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! …