New Line exec Mark Ordesky was standing at Sydney harbor when he learned of the Globe noms for “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” “Between opening day grosses and the Golden Globes, this is really exciting,” he said.

The HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) attention is particularly satisfying since New Line has the challenge of reminding kudos voters that this is not a retread of last year’s heavyweight contender. “This is not a traditional sequel, but three chapters of a long saga — and they’re three very distinct parts.”

Ordesky had flown to Wellington, N.Z., for the “Two Towers” premiere with 30,000 locals. He said the immense event was “the equivalent of closing down all of Wilshire Blvd. at rush hour.”