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Inside track on the Golden Globes' race for best drama actor

December 3, 2009 |  7:19 am
Golden globes best actor

Now that Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger") has been pushed up to the lead race from supporting at the Globes, that changes the category scenario a bit. Co-star Ben Foster remains a contender, but Woody upstages him here just like he does in the film.

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
FRONT-RUNNERS
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Viggo Mortensen, "The Road"
Michael Sheen, "The Damned United"

SPOTLIGHT: Everybody's talking about how overdue Jeff Bridges is for an Oscar (four defeats), but he's also Globe-less (skunked three times). Bridges must beat beloved George Clooney, who won for "Syriana" at the Globes first, then at Oscars.

POSSIBLE
Nicolas Cage, "Bad Lieutenant"
Sharito Copley, "District 9"
Robert De Niro, "Everybody's Fine"
Ben Foster, "The Messenger"
Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

LONG SHOTS
Hal Holbrook, "That Evening Sun"
James McAvoy, "The Last Station"
Brad Pitt, "Inglourious Basterds"

Photos: Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight), Colin Firth in "A Single Man" (Weinstein Co.), George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (Paramount)

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