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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Whenever there’s a list of award show nominees announced, we like to make our own picks—but not for performances or achievements, no–for the best named candidates.  There are far fewer categories on the Golden Globes slate than there are for, say, the Academy Awards, where there are tons of technical nominees…but there are enough for us to make the following picks.

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EDIEEdie Falco, the former Carmela Soprano, is nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, as Nurse Jackie. One of the nickname names that has long stood on its own, Edie is now in the Top 250 in the UK; British actress Samantha Morton chose it for her daughter.

GRETAGreta Gerwig, nominated as Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her leading role in Frances Ha. Almost a one-person name in the Garbo era, Greta is back in the public domain, seen on Mad Men and picked by Kevin Kline and David Caruso for their daughters.

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As the race towards the Oscars heats up, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain offers her annual analysis of possible award-winning baby names–the most interesting names attached to nominees and the characters they play.

Award season is in full swing, with the Golden Globes last month and the Oscars coming up soon.

A glance at any kindergarten roster demonstrates Hollywood’s impact on baby names.  Audrey, Ava, Olivia, and Natalie all belonged to screen legends long before they were among the most popular choices for our daughters.  Surname choices like Harlow, Monroe, Gable, and even Chaplin have been heard.

But those are Golden Age names.  How about the nominees for 2013?  There are some fascinating choices, rich with potential for a son or a daughter.

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