"Up in the Air" leads Golden Globes with 6 nods

Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:00pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Film drama "Up in the Air" soared away with six Golden Globe nominations on Tuesday, more than any film, while Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon each earned two nominations for the major awards show.

"Up in the Air," starring George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man forced to consider his life's direction, took home nominations for best film drama and for Clooney as best actor. Jason Reitman grabbed a nod for director and best screenplay with co-writer Sheldon Turner, while both Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga will compete for supporting actress.

Reitman told Reuters the combined nominations for his actors were especially gratifying. "We're celebrating this as a family, which is how we made the movie," he said.

Close behind was "Nine," about the life and loves of an Italian film director, with five nominations, including best musical or comedy. Its stars, Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard, received nods for actor and actress in a musical or comedy, respectively. Penelope Cruz landed in the supporting actress group, and "Nine" received one nod for best song.

Bullock scored nominations for best dramatic actress for football film "The Blind Side" and actress in a musical or comedy with relationship movie "The Proposal."

"I am beyond stunned," Bullock said in a statement. "Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired through the years, has left me slack-jawed with awe."

For her part, Streep will compete against herself for best actress in a musical or comedy with two movies, culinary movie "Julie & Julia" and relationship film "It's Complicated."

Matt Damon also received two nominations, one for best actor in a musical or comedy for "The Informant!" and a second for supporting actor with "Invictus."   Continued...