BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- "Chicago," a musical about two murderous women, led the field with eight nominations as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees Thursday for the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
"The Hours," had seven nominations and "Adaptation" had six.
"Chicago" was nominated for best movie musical or comedy, and its stars -- Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere -- were nominated for top acting awards in a musical or comedy. Newcomer Rob Marshall was nominated for best director.
"The Hours" was nominated for best movie drama, and two of its stars -- Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep -- were nominated for best actress in a movie drama. Stephen Daldry was nominated for best director.
"Adaptation" was nominated for best musical or comedy movie. Its star, Nicolas Cage, was nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy movie, and co-star Streep received a supporting actress nomination.
The other nominees for outstanding drama movie are "About Schmidt," "Gangs of New York," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Pianist."
Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"), Michael Caine ("The Quiet American"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Catch Me if You Can") and Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt") were nominated for best actor in a drama movie. Salma Hayek ("Frida"), Diane Lane ("Unfaithful") and Julianne Moore ("Far from Heaven") were nominated along with Kidman and Streep for best actress in a drama movie.
Along with "Chicago" and "Adaptation," the nominees for best musical or comedy movie are "About a Boy," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Nicholas Nickleby."
Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Secretary"), Goldie Hawn ("The Banger Sisters") and Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") joined Zellweger and Zeta-Jones on the list of nominees for best actress in a musical or comedy movie. Kieran Culkin ("Igby Goes Down"), Hugh Grant ("About a Boy") and Adam Sandler ("Punch-Drunk Love") joined Cage and Gere on the list of nominees for best actor in a musical or comedy movie.
The other nominees for best director are Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"), Spike Jonze ("Adaptation"), Alexander Payne ("About Schmidt") and Martin Scorsese, "Gangs of New York."
The HFPA nominated "24," "The Shield," "Six Feet Under," "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing" for best TV drama. The nominees for best TV musical or comedy series are "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Friends," "Sex and the City," "The Simpsons" and "Will & Grace."
The HPFA previously announced that it will present actor Gene Hackman with its highest honor, the Cecil B. de Mille Award for lifetime achievement.
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 19 in Beverly Hills, in ceremonies to be televised live on NBC-TV.