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Gold Derby nuggets: Katherine Heigl exiting 'Grey's Anatomy'? | Banned 'Hurt Locker' picks up Oscar | Extended 'Avatar' in the works?

March 12, 2010 |  2:59 pm

Katherine_heigl_emmyMichael Ausiello reports that Katherine Heigl may well be leaving "Grey's Anatomy" for good. Heigl -- who won the supporting actress Emmy in 2007 -- declined to submit herself for consideration in 2008, telling Gold Derby, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." Heigl, who has been MIA for most of this season, was to return to the show March 1. However, as Michael writes, "talks between Heigl and ABC have been going on for months and last week both sides mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now as opposed to at the end of the season. As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the 'Grey's' set, which means her final episode as Izzie has already aired."  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Betty White -- who will be hosting the May 8 installment of "Saturday Night Live" -- could be competing against herself in the guest actress in a comedy series category at the Emmys. She is to appear in the season finale of "The Middle" playing "a school librarian who confronts quirky 7-year-old Brick (Atticus Shaffer) about hoarding overdue library books." ZAP2IT

• The kids of the Golden Globe-winning series "Glee" are hitting the road this May for a mini concert tour that takes them to Phoenix, L.A., Chicago and New York. The news release promises, "a unique concert experience conceived by Ryan Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show’s most memorable musical numbers including its anthem 'Don’t Stop Believin,' fan favorites 'Somebody to Love' and 'Jump' and hits 'Don’t Rain on My Parade' and 'Sweet Caroline.' "

OscarsSteve Pond reports that Nicolas Chartier, who was banned from the Oscars for his e-mail campaign on behalf of best picture winner "The Hurt Locker," picked up his award Wednesday from academy president. " 'I invited him to come in, and we had a really good discussion,' says Sherak. 'You could see that he got choked up when I gave it to him, and we talked for about half an hour. It was kind of cathartic: he got it off his chest that he was sorry it all happened, and I was very satisfied with his apology.' " THE ODDS

Jay Fernandez tallies up how this year's Oscar-winning talent was spread among the agencies and discovers that "though CAA roped most of the A-list cred -- Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Mark Boal (2), Kathryn Bigelow (2), Greg Shapiro, Geoffrey Fletcher, Ryan Bingham -- ICM turned out an impressive night with supporting actor (Christoph Waltz), doc short subject (Elinor Burkett), cinematography (Mauro Fiore), costume design (Sandy Powell) and editing (Bob Murawski). UTA nabbed one for 'Avatar' art director Robert Stromberg." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Avatar PosterBryan Enk writes that "Avatar" -- which lost a load of Imax and 3-D screens to "Alice in Wonderland" last weekend -- may be re-released in the fall in an extended version. "Cameron has said that he has an additional 10-12 minutes of footage that could be put into post-production fairly quickly, including a scene in which Jake Sully's avatar proves himself to the Na'vi people and another involving a native festival during which tribe member Tsu'tey gets drunk." MOVIEFONE

Patrick Healy reports that Andrew Lloyd Webber's new tuner "Love Never Dies" -- the sequel to 1988 Tony champ "The Phantom of the Opera" -- is still scheduled to open in New York in the fall despite mixed reviews in London this week. However an exec with the production told Patrick that changes are likely to be made in advance of the show bowing on Broadway. ARTS BEAT

• And David Ng says another new tuner -- "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical" -- is heading to New York this fall. This newly titled edition of the  2007 Pasadena Playhouse production will also be directed by Sheldon Epps and "takes place during the final live recording session by the musical legend and traces the main events of his life." CULTURE MONSTER


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Top photo: Katherine Heigel at the 2007 Emmy Awards. Credit: ATAS

Middle photo: Academy Awards statues. Credit: AMPAS

Bottom photo:"Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox

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Gold Derby nuggets: Dave Karger predix Oscars | So does Sasha Stone | Oscars marketing gambits

February 23, 2010 |  4:12 pm

The Hurt Locker poster • Before revealing that he is sticking with "The Hurt Locker" for the best picture Oscar, Dave Karger recaps the derby parallels between that film and "Brokeback Mountain" four years ago: "'Brokeback' managed the rare feat of winning Best Picture and Best Director at both the New York and Los Angeles film critics awards; so did 'Hurt Locker.' 'Brokeback' also picked up those two big prizes at the Broadcast Film Critics Awards; so did 'Hurt Locker.' 'Brokeback' won the trifecta of PGA, DGA, and WGA trophies; so did 'Hurt Locker. 'Brokeback' won 4 BAFTAs, including Best Film, Director, and Screenplay; 'Hurt Locker' picked up 6 awards, including Best Film, Director, and Screenplay. And of course, 'Brokeback' lost the SAG cast award, and so did 'Hurt Locker.' (The main difference between the two films’ tallies is that 'Brokeback' did win four Globes, including Best Drama and Best Director, while 'Hurt Locker' went 0 for 3.)" ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• After noting that, "'The Hurt Locker' director Kathryn Bigelow could be the first woman to win Best Director, a triumph for female filmmakers everywhere," Nicole Laporte wonders, "is the Academy voting for her movie or her gender?" She begins her analysis of the issue with this anecdote: "At a recent awards ceremony where Bigelow accepted one of the many accolades she's earned on the pre-Oscar circuit, Bigelow, who is 58, was met with a whooping cry of 'Go, Girl!' It was the kind of remark that's hard not to smile at -- at least, at first -- but that lingers in the air, eliciting a longer-lasting cringe, and ultimately dumps out a suitcase's worth of sexist issues of the sort that have been trailing Bigelow on her long march to the Academy Awards." THE DAILY BEAST

Pete Hammond reports, "campaigners are pulling out all the stops trying to position their movie as the one with the gravitas that befits a best picture winner. In addition to the usual trade and newspaper ads, TV spots and billboards, at least one 'Hurt Locker' nominee apparently feels the best way may be hand-to-hand combat via e-mail. The Academy may frown at this direct attempt to contact its members, but 'Hurt Locker' co-producer Nicholas Chartier, who through his Voltage Pictures was the film's key financing wizard, is making pleas to friends and friends of friends to get out the vote for 'Hurt Locker' like it was some sort of political grass-roots campaign. His pitch isn't so much about the quality of the film, but rather its independent nature versus that movie with the blue people that cost so much to make. He doesn't mention 'Avatar' by name." NOTES ON A SEASON

• Gold Derby's Emmys forum has been buzzing with speculation over which category Showtime will enter "Dexter" star John Lithgow: supporting or guest? Lithgow recently won the Golden Globe in the supporting slot, but Showtime media chief Richard Licata tells us that Lithgow will compete in the guest slot at the Emmys. The actor won the first of his four Emmys as a guest performer on the series "Amazing Stories" back in 1986. The other three came for his regular lead role on the laffer "Third Rock From the Sun."

The Blind Side PosterSasha Stone offers up her Oscar predictions in a compelling piece of writing that includes these observations: "In the Best Actress category, it is perhaps a three-way race, with Sandra Bullock firmly in the lead, followed by Meryl Streep and then perhaps Carey Mulligan in a possible upset. There is little doubt that Meryl Streep gave the best performance, but Sandra Bullock has paid her dues and 'The Blind Side' managed to get a Best Picture nomination, which is practically a miracle. For Bullock to lose at this point there would have to be a good reason for it -- and that reason would probably be something like a messy divorce or a bar room brawl. Best Actor still feels like it’s Jeff Bridges’ to lose. There isn’t anyone gaining Adrien Brody-like steam. The only one would have been Viggo Mortensen in 'The Road' but he didn’t get a nod. Jeff Bridges is so beloved and his performance was so good -- and he was in a movie that people seem to really like, certainly enough to give Maggie Gyllnehaal the supporting nod." She also says, "Supporting actor and actress couldn’t be more locked. Both will seen as the big wins for their respective films, which means they can’t really lose. The two open categories right now are still Picture and Original Screenplay in the major categories. Everyone is so quick to call the race done and done, but the truth is, with ten nominees and preferential ballot, anything could happen." AWARDS DAILY

Randy Lewis reports, "Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham will make what may be their swan song appearance together in conjunction with the film 'Crazy Heart' when they perform one of the movie’s songs at  the 25h anniversary Spirit Awards ceremony on March 5 in Los Angeles. Rather than singing the much-lauded theme 'The Weary Kind,' the best-song Oscar-nominee that Bingham and Burnett wrote, the trio plans to offer up 'Fallin’ and Flyin’, written by the late Texas singer and songwriter Stephen Bruton, who oversaw the film’s music with producer and longtime friend Burnett. Bruton died of cancer shortly after completing work on the music." POP & HISS

Roger Friedman reports, "Monday night in the main ballroom at the Plaza Hotel, AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, gave its lifetime achievement awards to an eclectic bunch. They were: 'Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, CBS' Charles Osgood, 'Soul Man' Sam Moore, the cast of 'Sesame Street' and Latin American artist Juanes. The winners inspired an equally eclectic group of presenters: Don Imus, for Sam Moore; Tony Bennett, for Juanes; Bill Geist for Osgood." SHOWBIZ 411

Oscars Expanded Best Picture RaceMelena Ryzik makes merry with the academy's proposed party kit for Oscar night. "When you think Oscars, you think, 'Bingo!' right? The Academy’s reaching-out-to-the-youth campaign continues with snazzy party-planning tips on its website, including a downloadable card for Oscar bingo, with squares for 'Crying,' 'Winner Accepts Oscar in a Foreign Language' and, mystifyingly, 'Lauren Bacall.' (Spoiler?!) Also on the Academy’s fun primer -- available at -- is a video with Cheryl Cecchetto, a producer of the Governors Ball, the official Oscar afterparty, offering 10 tips for throwing your own Oscar-watching party. 'Must-have number three,' according to Ms. Cecchetto: 'Set the mood by featuring the soundtracks of the nominated pictures.' (Right, since you won’t be hearing them on the actual show.) And must-have No. 4 is 'Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne.' No argument there." THE CARPETBAGGER

• While Heidi Klum won't be on hand, the academy is staging its own version of "Project Runway" this year. Nine up and coming designers -- five from LA, two from New York, and one each from Chicago and Phoenix -- have created gowns to be worn by the models who appear onstage at the Kodak Theater. But only of their creations will make it to the Oscars with online voting from now till March 1 determining the winner. The unveiling of this design will be in the pre-show airing on ABC just before the Oscars on March 7. AMPAS

• One star who has definite ideas about what she will be wearing to the Oscars is best actress nominee Carey Mulligan ("An Education"). As Phil Boucher writes, "Having already appeared once in Vogue, is Mulligan taking editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s advice on what to wear to the Oscars? Not according to Mulligan, who has visions of her own. 'Anna said I should wear short for the Oscars,' says Mulligan. 'I was like 'No, that is so not what I had in my head when I was six years old!'" PEOPLE


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Top photo: "The Hurt Locker" poster. Credit: Summit

Middle photo: "The Blind Side" poster. Credit: Warners

Bottom photo: Academy Award statuettes. Credit: AMPAS

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Mo'Nique's and Christoph Waltz's amazing -- and very rare -- awards sweep

February 10, 2010 |  6:16 pm

Lots of stars almost pulled off a full sweep of the key early awards during derby season, then went on to win the Oscar. But only 15 stars, according to my count, actually accomplished a total romp in modern times. Many others were like Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull"). He won most of the major kudos of 1980 except one. At the National Society of Film Critics, he lost best actor to Peter O'Toole ("The Stunt Man"). Or Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight"), who almost swept the board last year, but also got tripped up by the national society (losing to Eddie Marsden, "Happy-Go-Lucky") plus New York Film Critics Circle (lost to Josh Brolin, "Milk").

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It sure looks like Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") and Mo'Nique ("Precious") are juggernauts that can't be stopped this year. They both won all four major critics' awards (National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., Broadcast Film Critics Assn.) plus the Golden Globe and Screen Actors' Guild Awards. It's important to note that SAG has only been bestowing awards since 1994, BFCA (Critics' Choice Award) since 1995. After that, four actors claimed all six prizes: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Helen Mirren ("The Queen") and Forest Whitaker ("Last King of Scotland"). 

In 1994, Martin Landau ("Ed Wood") and Dianne Wiest ("Bullets Over Broadway") pulled off full sweeps of the precursor prizes that included the SAG Award. Before that, a sweep was defined as snagging laurels from the three leading groups of print journos (New York, L.A. and national society) plus the Golden Globe. Actors who accomplished that: Sally Field ("Norma Rae"), Gene Hackman ("Unforgiven"), Dustin Hoffman and Mery Streep ("Kramer vs. Kramer"), Holly Hunter ("The Piano"), Jack Nicholson ("Terms of Endearment"), Michelle Pfeiffer ("The Fabulous Baker Boys"), Sissy Spacek ("Coal Miner's Daughter"), Mary Steenburgen ("Melvin and Howard"), Meryl Streep ("Sophie's Choice") and Emma Thompson ("Howards End"). All of the stars mentioned above went on to win the Oscar with one exception. Pfeiffer was stopped by Jessica Tandy ("Driving Miss Daisy").

The New York Film Critics Circle began doling out trophies in 1935, the national society in 1966. To give our awards analysis in this blog article some context, I'm beginning our scrutiny at 1976, the year the L.A. critics joined the kudos game.

Of the above-named champs, these also won National Board of Review: Cage, Field, Hunter, Mirren, Nicholson, Pfeiffer, Spacek, Streep, Thompson, Whitaker. I don't consider that to be a crucial part of the definition of a full sweep, however, since it's not an industry award – not bestowed by journalists or industry insiders. NBR is really like a People's Choice Award bestowed by sophisticated New Yorkers. Since we don't count the nationwide People's Choice Award, maybe we shouldn't count NBR either.

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Is Sandra Bullock an inevitable Oscar champ?

January 25, 2010 |  6:34 pm

Attention, Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") and Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"): You don't automatically have the Oscar in the bag just because you won both the Golden Globe and SAG Award. Several lead stars pulled off the same coup and lost at the Academy Awards: Julie Christie ("Away From Her"), Renee Zellweger ("Chicago") and Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind").

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Jamian Edward Bailey posted some comments at Facebook in response to some of my reportage on SAG Award winners that are appropriate to this topic, so I'd like to share them here. Words and stats below are Jamian's:

There are several actors who won the Golden Globe and not the SAG, but they went on to win the Oscar. They were Jessica Lange (1994), Mira Sorvino (1995), Hilary Swank (1999), Jim Broadbent (2001), Chris Cooper (2002), Nicole Kidman (2002), Sean Penn (2003), George Clooney (2005).

Instances where actors won the SAG, but not the Globe and went on to the Oscar were Susan Sarandon (1995), Frances McDormand (1996), Cuba Gooding Jr. (1996), Robin Williams (1997), Roberto Benigni (1998), Kevin Spacey (1999), Michael Caine (1999), Halle Berry (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002), Morgan Freeman (2004), Cate Blanchett (2004), Sean Penn (2008).

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Pete Hammond tops at predicting winners of TV Golden Globes

January 18, 2010 |  9:41 am

Among the 20 pro pundits who also forecast the winners of the TV Golden Globes, Pete Hammond was tops with eight out of 11 races right. As a group, we scored just 92 out of 220 for a success rate of only 41.8%. All of us missed Chloe Sevigny's win for "Big Love" in the catch-all supporting actress category. Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine) was the only pundit to predict Emmy champ Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") to win for lead comedy series actress while Pete and Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) were the only two to see "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall taking home lead drama series actor.

Just behind our champ with seven races right were Edward Douglas ( and Steve Pond (The Odds, TheWrap). Fine, Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly) and I scored six while following with five right were Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Nathaniel Rogers (FilmExperience), Sam Rubin (KTLA) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).

Scott Bowles (USA Today), Sasha and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) each scored four while Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Paul Gaita (The Circuit, The Envelope), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Guy Lodge (InContention), Michael Musto (Village Voice) and Chuck Walton (Fandango) each got three right. Courtney Hazlett (Scoop, MSNBC) got two correct of the eight categories she predicted. 

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Michael Musto tops at predicting winners of movie Golden Globes

January 18, 2010 |  9:20 am

Our team of pro pundits had very mixed results predicting the surprise-filled Golden Globe Awards. All 26 of us forecast the 14 movie categories and, of our 364 predictions in total, we earned a collective score of only 187 (51.4%). Michael Musto (Village Voice) was the only journo surveyed to break into the double digits as he correctly forecast the winners in 10 of the races.

Edward Douglas (, Paul Gaita (The Circuit, The Envelope), Peter Knegt (Indie Wire) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) all scored nine. Thelma Adams (Us Weekly), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Sam Rubin (KTLA), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) each had eight right.

Batting .500 with seven correct were Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine) and Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly). With six right were Scott Bowles (USA Today), Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Courtney Hazlett (Scoop, MSNBC), Mark Olsen (L.A. Times), Steve Pond (The Odds, TheWrap), Nathaniel Rogers (FilmExperience), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and I. Rounding out the field with five forecasts correct were Guy Lodge (InContention) and Chuck Walton (Fandango).

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Will Golden Globe winners repeat at the Oscars? Will 'Avatar' romp again?

January 17, 2010 |  9:05 pm
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Things we learned at the Golden Globes: Carey Mulligan ("An Education") and Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") probably don't need to prepare an acceptance speech on Oscar night. Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger") didn't upset Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds"), so odds are decreasing that an upset can happen in that category. Oh, yeah, and "Avatar" won best picture.

Admit it. You wondered if "Avatar" would triumph after "The Hurt Locker" won two days ago at the Critics Choice Awards. It's one thing that "The Hurt Locker" swept the prizes bestowed by the critics in New York, L.A. and the national society earlier. Those are the snooty kind of print journos. Critics' Choice Awards are bestowed by the junket press — journos similar in sensibility to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. It was a shockeroo that "The Hurt Locker" triumphed with the Yankee equivalent. If that victory had repeated with the foreign folks, it would've signaled a bizarre Oscar derby ahead. Bizarre because movies that don't have big stars, that make little money at the box office and are about the Iraqi war usually don't do well at the Academy Awards.

But "Avatar" prevailed at the Globes as expected. Beware: It's not a slam-dunk at the Oscars next where a sci-fi film has never won the top prize. Furthermore, the academy is using a weighted ballot to determine the winner out of 10 nominees instead of the usual system of having voters check off one preference out of five alternatives. That means anything can happen, including victories by "The Hurt Locker," "Up in the Air" or "Inglourious Basterds."

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Why the Golden Globes didn't tent against the rain

January 17, 2010 |  7:41 pm

Usually, award shows are prepared for rain. Tents are pitched over red carpets the minute there seems to be a serious threat of the wet stuff dropping on expensively coiffed superstars. The last time it rained at the Golden Globes there was a tent over the red carpet. So why not today?

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Turns out that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prepared for the downpour. It was ready to put up the plastic, but the decision was made at 9 a.m. today not to proceed because the weather forecast they consulted said that the wet front was moving away from Beverly Hills.

At least the Globes saved lots of money. It costs about $100,000 not just to throw up a tent, but to raise up the red carpet to accommodate drainage.

There was a tragically funny scene that occurred at the "Entertainment Tonight" platform, which is the first stop on the red carpet. As the rain fell harder and harder, the platform's ceiling started to droop lower and lower, threatening to splash on some unsuspecting stars.

"When we had a break between interviews, we pushed a pole up against the ceiling to push the water out," E.T. reporter Mark Steines told Gold Derby. "It ended up spilling on a poor security guard nearby! We felt terrible!"

Photo of Maggie Gyllenhaal by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


Correction: 'The Hurt Locker' can win top Golden Globe

January 17, 2010 |  4:00 pm

Chaos rains, literally, here at the Golden Globes where leaders were not prepared for Mother Nature's downpour. The last time rain hit the event, the Globes' red carpet was tented. Today only a flurry of umbrellas protects the expensively dressed celebs.

There's also a flurry of gossip raining down, much of which contradicts what we heard earlier. A top studio awards consultant rushed over to me to report that she heard lots of votes for "The Hurt Locker" as best drama picture when she hung out yesterday with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. However, a prominent HFPA member just told me moments ago that he's sure "Avatar" will triumph. He also told me that he thinks Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") will beat George Clooney ("Up in the Air"). Both the HFPA member and studio consultant say Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side") will win best actress. Hmmmm


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Psssst … Here's who will win the Golden Globes (Good news, 'Avatar' fans!)

January 17, 2010 | 12:08 pm

We asked more than two dozen "experts" who will triumph when Golden Globes are bestowed tonight (see their predictions here), but they based forecasts on whim, personal likes and dislikes, history, whatever — not real inside dish.

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So let's add up all the spy reports we have on actual Golden Globe balloting. I've spoken to some of the 80 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. So have lots of my industry pals and award consultants, who have shared their tattle with us. Pulling everything together, here's how the top races stack up.

"Avatar" will probably win best drama picture, although "Up in the Air" could pull off an upset. Ditto "Inglourious Basterds." "Avatar" director James Cameron will probably win best director too, but beware. At the Oscars, the same film usually wins best pic and helmer, but the opposite is true at the Globes. They like to spread the gold around.

I haven't heard much support for Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), but Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") have a shot. Bigelow is the curious stealth contender. We all underestimated her and "The Hurt Locker" at the Critics Choice Awards where they pulled off upsets. I don't think "The Hurt Locker" has enough support in the Globes' best-picture race, but Bigelow has a long-shot chance to claim the helmer's prize (40% of Globe voters are women – they might help). Only one woman has won this category -- Globe darling Barbra Streisand in 1983 for her directorial debut "Yentl."

Best drama actor is a close contest between George Clooney ("Up in the Air") and Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"). Voters usually like gritty, ham-bone, angst-packed performances (Mickey Rourke won for "The Wrestler" last year). That could help Bridges, who stumbles around, grumbling and drunk, for two hours in "Crazy Heart." But HFPA members utterly adore George Clooney, who's won twice in the past ("Syriana," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and will probably prevail again. If "Avatar" wins best picture, "Up in the Air" needs a consolation prize, so this is probably it. In terms of actual vote counts I've heard, Clooney has a slight edge.

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Golden Globes' celebrity trap? Hey, Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock, watch out for the secret hole!

January 17, 2010 | 10:38 am

Here was a curious scene I stumbled upon, quite literally, at the Golden Globes' arrival area on Saturday morning. After the initial bend in the red carpet, just after promenaders turn left at the first TV Guide Channel interview spot, there was a giant hole. For drainage? For bagging A-list stars — or tripping up unwanted guests? This work crew seemed extremely concerned about it.

See more of our spy photos of the Golden Globes set-up.

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Fun trivia: How big is the Golden Globes' red carpet? How much bubbly will flow?

January 17, 2010 | 10:28 am

Golden globes ricky gervais news avatar There's more red carpet rolled out in front of the Golden Globes ceremony (30,000 square feet) than any other awards show I know. That's because the Beverly Hilton has such a huge, sprawling, U-shaped driveway. Here are more fun facts:

• This is the 41st time that the Golden Globes will be held at the Beverly Hilton. Dates: 1961, 1962, 1971-72, 1974-2010.

• The International Ballroom holds about 1,300 guests for the Golden Globes banquet. Nearly 3,000 additional guests will attend viewing parties throughout the hotel.

• More than 1,200 media members cover the Golden Globes in person for 185 outlets. Among them: 58 camera crews, 65 still photographers.

• Service to all 4,300 party participants and 1,200 media folk is provided by 40 chefs, 110 culinary staff, 50 bartenders and 250 servers. More than 10,000 silverware and plate settings will be used for the award show, viewing and after-parties. More than 600 bottles of wine and 220 bottles of Champagne will flow.

• It's big news that Ricky Gervais is hosting the kudocast. The Golden Globes ceremony hasn't had a host since 1995. John Larroquette ("Night Court," "The John Larroquette Show") and Janine Turner ("Northern Exposure") were the last to have the job, serving jointly as ringmasters the last time TBS aired the Golden Globes telecast before NBC's takeover.

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