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December 8, 2021

Favorites for the Golden Globes

George Clooney and his film Up In The Air are set to have a golden night at the Golden Globes later this month after topping leading critics’ picks in a new online poll.Eleven of the 20 experts who voted picked Up In The Air to claim top honors as Best Film, while 10 gave Clooney the edge over Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Colin Firth (A Single Man) in the Best Drama Actor category. The Best Drama Actress fight will be a closely contested battle between Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Carey Mulligan (An Education), according to the critics. It’s Complicated leads the way as the Best Comedy/Musical Picture, but the other four nominees – The Hangover, Julie & Julia, Nine and (500) Days of Summer – all get votes. Robert Downey Jr.’s turn as Sherlock Holmes earned him the bulk of votes for Best Comedy/Musical Actor and Meryl Streep is the clear favorite to land the Best Comedy/Musical Actress. Former couple Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and James Cameron (Avatar) will battle it out for the Best Director prize – Cameron landed nine votes to Bigelow’s eight.

The Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles on January 17. If Up in the Air goes on to win the Globe for best drama, it would still have a long, uphill slog to Oscar glory. In fact, in the last five years, only one Golden Globe best drama winner went on to also win best picture in the Oscar race.

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