brokebackmountain.jpgBrokeback Mountain has dominated the early critics awards, and with this morning's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations, it looks poised to make a major splash this awards season. Ang Lee's homosexuals on the range epic earned seven nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press, including nods for Best Picture, one for director Ang Lee, and two for the performances of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Another big winner this morning was George Clooney, who earned three nominations, two for writing and directing Best Picture nominee Good Night, and Good Luck, and one for acting in Syriana. Other Best Picture nominees included The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, and Match Point. In the Best Picture (musical or comedy) category, The Producers will compete against Mrs. Henderson Presents, Pride & Prejudice, The Squid and the Whale (that was a comedy?) and Walk the Line (that was a musical?)

Notably absent from the Best Picture short lists: Steven Spielberg's Munich(it wasn't ready to be screened before ballots were due) and the feature version of Rent (which simply wasn't very good). When the full list of nominations comes down the wires, I'll tack it up after the jump.

UPDATE: Commenter Vera wrote that Munich was indeed screened for critics, and now that the full list of nominees is available, I see that she must be right – Tony Kushner's screenplay was nominated.