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Golden Globes launch Hollywood into awards season

12-15-2010 14:33 BJT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Golden Globes remain Hollywood's second-biggest film honors. Yet they are not the weather vane they used to be for predicting which film might triumph at the Academy Awards.

In this publicity image released by Columbia Pictures, Jesse Eisenberg, left,
and Joseph Mazzello are shown in a scene from 'The Social Network.' The American
Film Institute named the movie as one of the year's 10 most outstanding films
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.[Photo/Agencies]

The 68th annual Globes, whose nominations come out Tuesday morning, will feature 10 best-picture nominees, five each in the dramatic category and the musical or comedy category.

The Oscars switched from five best-picture nominees to 10 last year and will continue with that doubled lineup, so plenty of overlap can be expected between Globe and Oscar contenders.

But only once in the last six years has the winner of one of the Globe best-film prizes gone on to win best picture at the Oscars — 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire."

That came after a stretch of eight-straight years when a Globe winner in either the dramatic or musical-comedy category went on to claim the best-picture Oscar.

With two acclaimed dramas — the British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" and the Facebook story "The Social Network" — considered front-runners this time, there are prospects of another divergent year between the Globes and the Oscars, whose nominations come out Jan. 25, nine days after the Globes are presented.

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