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Birdman, Into the Woods, and Many Broadway Folk Nab Golden Globe Nominations

Meryl Streep tops her record-breaking number of nods with one courtesy of Stephen Sondheim.

Meryl Streep earned a record-breaking 29th Golden Globe nomination for her performance as the Witch in Disney's Into the Woods.
Meryl Streep earned a record-breaking 29th Golden Globe nomination for her performance as the Witch in Disney's Into the Woods.

The 72nd annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning, and the Broadway community is well represented among the field.

Leading the way with a total of seven nominations (the most of any work this season) is Birdman, which follows a movie star who hopes to revive his career with a stint on the Great White Way. In addition to a nod for Best Comedy or Musical, the film earned nominations for Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, current star of Broadway's Cabaret), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Screenplay (Armando Bo), and Best Original Score.

Joining Birdman in the Best Comedy or Musical category is Disney's Into the Woods, which is set for wide release on Christmas day. The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical garnered a total of three nominations, including nods for lead actress Emily Blunt for her performance as the Baker's Wife and supporting actress Meryl Streep, who earns her 29th Golden Globe nomination as the Witch. Streep will face off against Broadway newcomer Stone, along with Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), who made her Broadway debut in 2012 in The Heiress, and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), who will make her Broadway debut next season in Thérèse Raquin with the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Annie was the other major stage-to-film offering this season, earning two nominations for its young star Quvenzhané Wallis and Best Original Song for the new tune "Opportunity," written by Sia and Greg Kurstin. Blunt and Wallis will face off in the lead actress category as representatives of their respective movie musicals, joined by stage veterans Amy Adams (Big Eyes), who serendipitously played the Baker's Wife in the Shakespeare in the Park revival of Into the Woods; two-time Tony nominee Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey), who returns to Broadway this winter in The Audience; and Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars), who starred in the 2006 Broadway play The Vertical Hour. Moore earned a lead actress nomination in the dramatic category as well for her performance in Still Alice.

The television adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart also earned a nomination for Best TV Miniseries or Movie, along with its supporting actor Matt Bomer.

Other stage vets acknowledged at this year's awards include Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations) for Nightcrawler, Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (Red) for The Theory of Everything, Tony winner Ralph Fiennes (Hamlet) for Grand Budapest Hotel, Tony nominee Ethan Hawke (Macbeth) for Boyhood, Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo (Awake and Sing!) for Foxcatcher, Tony winner Liev Schrieber (Glengarry Glen Ross) for Ray Donovan, Tony winner Kevin Spacey (A Moon for the Misbegotten) for House of Cards, James Spader (Race) for The Blacklist, Claire Danes (Pygmalion) for Homeland, two-time Tony winner Viola Davis (Fences) for How to Get Away With Murder, Julianna Margulies (Festen) for The Good Wife, Ruth Wilson (Constellations) for The Affair), Uzo Aduba (Godspell) for Orange Is the New Black; Tony nominee Kathy Bates ( 'night, Mother) for American Horror Story: Freak Show, two-time Tony nominee Allison Janney (9 to 5) for Mom, Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret) for The Good Wife, Colin Hanks (33 Variations) for Fargo, Tony nominee Edie Falco (The House of Blue Leaves) for Nurse Jackie, Jeffrey Tambor (Glengarry Glen Ross) for Transparent, and William H. Macy (Speed-the-Plow) for Shameless.