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Gladiator, Sunshine, Traffic and Wonder Boys will vie for best dramatic motion picture of the year at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards. Nominations were announced this morning, and Gladiator, the Russell Crowe Roman epic, and Traffic, the drug-war drama starring newlyweds Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, led the pack with five nods each. Stephen Soderbergh received two best director nominations for his work on Traffic and Erin Brockovich. In the best motion picture comedy or musical category, the nominees were Almost Famous, Best in Show, Chicken Run, Chocolat and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Best dramatic actor nominees were Tom Hanks (Cast Away), Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys), Geoffrey Rush (Quills) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Best dramatic actress nominees, meanwhile, were Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Joan Allen (The Contender) and Björk (Dancer in the Dark). Estranged couple Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger were nominated for best actor and actress in a musical or comedy for their respective roles in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Nurse Betty. On the television front, the new CBS series CSI will compete with ER, The Practice, The Sopranos, and The West Wing in the best drama category. The nominees in the best comedy slot are Ally McBeal, Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle, Sex and the City and Will & Grace. Acting nominations being buzzed about include a long overdue nod for Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar in the best dramatic actress category (she'll face-off with Dark Angel's Jessica Alba, whose nomination stunned many), and a supporting actor nod for Ally McBeal's troubled star Robert Downey Jr.. The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will air on NBC Jan. 21. For a complete list of nominees, click here.