Golden Globes set new faces on road to stardom

Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:41pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some stars are born, others toil for years before landing a dream role and occasionally the road to Hollywood's red carpet starts at a New York ice cream shop.

Nikki Blonsky, the teenager plucked from that ice cream shop to star in the musical "Hairspray," was one of a crop of new faces nominated on Thursday for a Golden Globe award that could propel them to Hollywood's A-list.

Blonsky, 19, picked up a nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy for her debut role as a plump girl who wants to dance on a 1960s TV show. At 16, she auditioned for the part on Broadway but was turned down because she was too young.

"A year or so ago she was in high school. She'd never done anything in her life and now to be a Golden Globe nominee -- it's unbelievable. It's so thrilling, " said Craig Zadan, one of the "Hairspray" producers.

Blonsky's co-star John Travolta, who got a supporting actor nod, said she was born for the part. "Once every decade or so, there is a person who has a passion for the role."

Blonsky was joined by Canadian Ellen Page, 20, also nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for playing a an insouciant, pregnant teen in coming-of-age movie "Juno."

Page has said she tries to steer clear of stereotypical roles for teenage girls and has already won two breakthrough awards in the United States for her role in "Juno."

Scottish actor James McAvoy, 29, could become a household name in the United States after picking up his first major best actor nomination as the romantic lead in "Atonement," the epic 1940s drama that led the Golden Globe list of nominees.   Continued...

<p>Actress Nikki Blonsky poses at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast in Beverly Hills, California December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>