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Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay

Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay
The week before the Golden Globes, which happens to coincide with the final days of Oscar balloting, is packed with parties, most of them designed for maximum impact with Academy voters during balloting season. The senior quotient is noticeably higher at these events, where movie stars of yore and character actors mix with current awards contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 9:56 AM
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Golden Globe Winner Bridges Heads for Oscar Win

Golden Globe Winner Bridges Heads for Oscar Win
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."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 4:52 AM
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Golden Globes: Sci-Fi Avatar Wins Director and Drama

Golden Globes: Sci-Fi Avatar Wins Director and Drama
Golden Globes winner James Cameron is pleased that the success of Avatar will broaden the scope of future 3-D. "One thing Avatar could do because of its success is give permission to other filmmakers to think of 3-D as something that isn't relegated to kids movies and animation," he said backstage. "It creates a broad category and permission for filmmakers to use these tools. We know that 3-D is going to be big in the future. It's a question of breaking out in breadth. It's rolling into the home."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 4:16 AM
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Upsets At the Globes: Reitman, Cameron Beat Tarantino, Bigelow

There were some close races at the Golden Globes, including best screenplay and best director. When Jason Reitman accepted the screenplay prize for Up in the Air, (shared with Sheldon Turner) he said that he thought Quentin Tarantino would be accepting, not him. And when James Cameron accepted the best director award for Avatar, he said, "I thought Kathryn was going to get this, and she richly deserves this. I am very grateful." He went on to thank his stars in Na'vi, and thanked wife Suzy Amis in English: "Baby, you make my dreams possible." That's a far cry from his old Oscar chortle, "I'm King of the World!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 3:17 AM
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Globe Winner Streep Says Hollywood Is Improving for Women

Backstage at the Globes, after winning best actress for Julie & Julia, Meryl Streep said that Hollywood is improving for women. "Sandra Bullock is 45," she said. "The perception is better for her than it was for me at her age." She thanked the Globes for continuing to like her work after 30 years. "It's hard to remain new," she said. A hit like Julie & Julia "is a good signal to the financial end of the business," she said, that a movie that reads uncommercial, about a middle-aged cook, is a big hit. "That's good news."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 2:29 AM
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Golden Globes: McCartney Loses to The Weary Kind

Golden Globes: McCartney Loses to The Weary Kind
Up also won the Golden Globe for best original score. And "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart won best song. Paul McCartney might have had a better shot if he had written a song for a better movie than Everybody's Fine.
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  • January 18, 2010 2:08 AM
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Golden Globe Win: Up Will Also Nab Oscar

Golden Globe Win: Up Will Also Nab Oscar
So far the Golden Globes wins are obvious no-brainers that will likely repeat on Oscar night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 1:39 AM
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Mo'Nique's Globes Win is No Surprise

Mo'Nique did well. She trembled with emotion as she accepted her supporting actress award, saying: "Thank you, God, for this amazing ride that you're allowing me to go on. ...I am in the midst of my dream...To Gabby, sister, I am in awe of you. Thank you for letting me play with you... I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys. I celebrate this award with every person that's ever been touched. It's now time to tell, and it's OK."
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  • January 18, 2010 1:05 AM
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Backstage at the Golden Globes

"NBC, you're in the toilet right now," says Julia Roberts, hanging with Richard Lovett and Tom Hanks on the drenched red carpet, which literally is soaked. I stood in a puddle picking up my press credential. This is my first time covering the Golden Globes backstage. And I've been inside the Globes dinner party just once--it's a coveted ticket and I hope to get back in there, it's a blast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 12:37 AM
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Golden Globes Predictions

Golden Globes Predictions
The Golden Globes, voted on by 84 idiosyncratic Hollywood foreign correspondents, are always tough to call. I pay heed to awards expert Pete Hammond, who tells me It's Complicated and Avatar played well with the group, and I gather feedback from HFPA members, who are a mix of serious journalists, critics, red carpet interviewers and junket whores. I know they take their votes seriously. But they also have a tendency to vote for the stars they want to show up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2010 10:02 AM
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