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Golden Globe Winner Bridges Heads for Oscar Win

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2010 at 4:52AM

At the Golden Globes, two winners, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, admitted that they had originally passed on the roles that wound up winning them awards. In Bridge's case, he didn't think that Crazy Heart could top his other film about musicians, The Fabulous Baker Boys. He liked Scott Cooper's script, but it had no music attached to it. After a year passed, Bridges ran into T-Bone Burnett, a friend of 30 years since Heaven's Gate, who said, "I'll do it if you do it."
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At the Golden Globes, two winners, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, admitted that they had originally passed on the roles that wound up winning them awards. In Bridge's case, he didn't think that Crazy Heart could top his other film about musicians, The Fabulous Baker Boys. He liked Scott Cooper's script, but it had no music attached to it. After a year passed, Bridges ran into T-Bone Burnett, a friend of 30 years since Heaven's Gate, who said, "I'll do it if you do it."

"That was it. A dream come true," said Bridges. "He's really the soul of this picture." One reason Bridges is such a lock for the best actor Oscar is that he not only is liked and respected, but he has had such a long career that he has worked with so many people. At the Lionsgate party Saturday night, character actor Ed Lauter said he had made seven films with Bridges.

[Golden Globes Photo: Paul Drinkwater: NBC]

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Bridges is pleased that critics and awards groups have helped to "bring attention to a small movie like this. It needs those things to happen to bring people into the theater." He admitted that he was surprised by the emotion that "welled up in me when I felt that love and appreciation coming. It was a wonderful feeling."

This article is related to: Awards, Headliners, Golden Globes, Oscars, Jeff Bridges


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.