U2, Paul McCartney, "Glee" Earn Golden Globe Nominations

December 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET

U2, Paul McCartney and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O — along with musical-TV comedy Glee and country music film Crazy Heart — all earned Golden Globe nominations when Justin Timberlake joined The Office's John Krasinski and Inglourious Basterds' Diane Kruger this morning to announce this year's contenders live in Los Angeles. The 67th annual awards ceremony will be held January 17th and broadcast on NBC.

U2 earned a nod in the Best Original Song — Motion Picture category for "Winter," the band's contribution to the Natalie Portman-Jake Gyllenhaal-Tobey Maguire Iraq war drama Brothers. Paul McCartney got nominated in the category for "I Want to Come Home," off the soundtrack for Robert DeNiro and Drew Barrymore film Everybody's Fine. Both songs will face off against "Cinema Italiano" from Nine, "I Will See You" from Avatar and "The Weary Kind" (by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett) from Crazy Heart, the film starring Jeff Bridges as a down-on-his luck country music singer. Bridges was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for his role.

Karen O's Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack with composer Carter Burwell earned her a nomination for Best Original Score — Motion Picture. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman is up against the scores for Up, The Informant!, Avatar and A Single Man. "I obviously wouldn't be in this position without the generous support and joyful inspiration of Mr. Spike Jonze," Karen O said in a statement. "I'm honored to be in the company of Carter Burwell, and grateful for the collaborative work of The Kids. I got the news as I landed at LAX from overseas, instead of popping a cork in celebration I went and had a double double at In'N'Out, it was a very good day."

Glee picked up four nods, the most of any TV show: one each for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical for its Broadway-turned-TV stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, as well as a supporting actress nod for Jane Lynch. The show is nominated for Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical.

For daily movies coverage, visit our film critic Peter Travers' blog, The Travers Take.

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