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Chicago turns Globe

Beverly Hills, Dec. 19 (Reuters): Razzle dazzle ’em.

The movie musical Chicago, boasting tunes like All That Jazz and stars like Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, strutted its stuff on Hollywood’s stage today, topping the Golden Globe nominations with eight overall, including best musical or comedy.

The Golden Globe nominations, which are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, mark the US film industry’s first major showcase leading up to the Oscars.

Chicago, based on the hit Broadway show of the same name, scored nominations for Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Gere in the best actress and actor categories, respectively, for a musical or comedy. It landed nominations for director Rob Marshall, screenwriter Bill Condon and supporting actress Queen Latifah and actor John C. Reilly.

The drama The Hours was second with seven nominations. The film stars Nicole Kidman, as writer Virginia Woolf, along with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, all as women dealing with similar life issues but in three different time periods.

It was nominated for best dramatic film, best actress honours for Kidman and Streep.

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