Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett’s global drama "Babel" is this year’s Golden Globes favorite, leading the pack of just-announced nominees with seven nods including best film drama. Other contenders include Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed "The Departed," which snagged five nods overall; 1960s ensemble piece "Bobby"; dark comedy "Little Children"; and "The Queen," which also scored Helen Mirren an acting nomination for the title role. She’ll compete against Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kate Winslet. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is competing against himself, with nods for "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond," as well as Peter O’Toole, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker.
A surprise nomination went to Sacha Baron Cohen’s pseudo-reality comedy "Borat" in the comedy or musical film category, where it joins "Dreamgirls," "The DevilWears Prada," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking." "Dreamgirls" stars Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy were also recognized, while Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt were nominated for "Prada," Baron Cohen for "Borat" and Toni Collette for "Sunshine."
Steve Carell was deprived of an acting nod for that film, but did get one for his TV show "The Office," also up for best comedy series along with "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "Ugly Betty" and "Weeds." Vying for best small-screen drama are "24," "Big Love," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Heroes" and "Lost." "Grey’s" stars Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo received acting noms, as did Kiefer Sutherland of "24" and Bill Paxton of "Big Love."
The 64th Golden Globe Awards will air live January 15 on NBC.
Naomi: A Target?
Naomi Campbell is known for bringing bad cell phone etiquette to a whole new level. But the woman who famously threw a jewel-encrusted wireless device at an employee’s head insists she’s a victim of false accusations, not an aggressor.
"I just feel like I am a target," Naomi tells the UK’s Sky News. "People have told me for months and years, ‘You're a target,’ but it's only just kind of sunken in."
The persecution has gotten so bad, says the hot-tempered supermodel, that she won’t be alone in a room with anyone, to avoid any allegations later: "I have to be very careful who I'm around, what I say."
Good news for Naomi: Brit authorities dismissed recent assault charges against her, for—get this—attacking her drug counselor. But she’s still facing charges over the cell phone incident, plus a harassment lawsuit from another former staffer. No matter what she says, Naomi doesn’t exactly sound like a model employer.
Diana’s Death: No Conspiracy
Unresolved questions surrounding the tragic 1997 death of Princess Diana and her lover, Dodi Fayed, have finally been answered. A three-year British police inquiry concluded that the Paris car crash that killed the couple, a bodyguard and their driver was a horrific accident—not murder. "There was no conspiracy," declared lead investigator Lord Stevens. "There was no cover-up."
Refuting a rumor, Lord Stevens said Diana "was not pregnant at the time of her death." And the idea that she was killed over plans to wed the Muslim Dodi is unfounded, as Di’s loved ones agree she was neither "about to [nor] wished to get engaged."
But the comprehensive report still may not silence conspiracy theories. Already, Dodi’s father, outspoken entrepreneur Mohammed al Fayed, has denounced the inquiry’s conclusions.
Public fascination with Diana certainly has not waned. A first batch of tickets to the July 1 concert planned by her sons for what would have been her 46th birthday sold out in just 20 minutes.
Princes William and Harry’s representatives said the princes are "extremely grateful for the thoroughness and professionalism of the high-profile inquiry." Hopefully the report, along with the concert tribute, will bring Diana’s boys some closure.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.