'Avatar' heads Golden Globes contenders - Yahoo! News
And the Nominations:BEVERLY HILLS (AFP) – Futuristic epic "Avatar" and downsizing drama "Up In the Air" led the field as nominees for the 67th Golden Globes were unveiled on Tuesday, signaling the start of Hollywood's awards season.
Despite the fact that it has yet to be released in North America, Oscar-winner James Cameron's ground-breaking "Avatar" scored nominations in the best drama and best director categories for the January 17 awards show.
The nominations will fuel hype about the film, which has garnered stellar reviews following its world premiere in London last week.
However "Titanic" director Cameron's big budget labor of love faces stiff competition from "Up In the Air," the acclaimed story about a corporate downsizer played by George Clooney who starts to question his life.
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Other contenders for best drama include gripping Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker," Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked World War Two revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" and gritty drama "Precious," about the struggles of an obese, illiterate and abused African-American teenager.
HFPA - Nominations and Winners
Best Picture, Drama: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious, Up In The Air
Actress in Motion Picture Drama: Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourney Sidibe (Precious)
Actor in Motion Picture Drama: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up In The Air), Colin Firth (A Simple Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Tobey Maguire (Brothers)
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, It's Complicated, Julie and Julia, Nine
Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: Sandra Bullock (The Proposal), Marion Cotillard (Nine), Julia Roberts (Duplicity), Meryl Streep (It's Complicated), Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)
Actor in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon (The Informant), Daniel Day Lewis (Nine), Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Michael Stuhlgard (A Serious man)
Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (Nine), Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air), Mo'Nique (Precious), Julianne Moore (A Single Man)
Supporting Actor: Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
Animated Feature: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, Up
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Clint Eastwood (Invictus), Jason Reitman (Up in the air), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)