Golden Globe voters on Thursday (December 11, 2008) scattered nominations for their highly touted awards among a variety of films including "Frost/Nixon" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which were both given nods for best film drama.
Other high profile nominations included Brad Pitt for his starring role in "Benjamin Button," Tom Cruise's comic performance in "Tropic Thunder" and Angelina Jolie in "Changeling."
Golden Globe Awards are given out annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They are widely watched for their impact on Hollywood's Oscar race but Thursday's (December 11, 2008) nominations gave no clear indication of an early leader.
Comedian Jerry Lewis will receive a humanitarian Oscar for his fund raising work on behalf of sufferers of muscular dystrophy. The 82-year-old comedian has hosted a Labor Day telethon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1966. Lewis was half of a wildly successful comedic duo with singer Dean Martin in the 1950s. He never before won an Oscar.
The boys of Bon Jovi were the top touring act in 2008. The band's "Lost Highway" tour grossed more than 210 million dollars (USD) for the year, just ahead of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Madonna's still-underway Sticky & Sweet tour rounded out the top three.
In Los Angeles, I'm John Russell for Reuters.