One of the most competitive categories at this year’s Golden Globes will be Best Picture – Drama. In theory, four of the five nominees which include “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” and “Up in the Air” could all win the coveted prize and increase their chances on the road to Oscar. To say the approximately 80 members of the HFPA are influenced by public and industry opinion before tabulating their final ballots is a bit of an understatement. So, even if the membership loves “Basterds” the most, if they feel they need to award it to “Avatar” or “Air” to appear “correct” they will. At this point it’s too early to speculate on who will win the Globe statue, but the HFPA and NBC are making sure the “Avatar’s” leading man will be around if it comes out on top.
Maestro James Cameron is already nominated in the directing category (Kathryn Bigelow of “The Hurt Locker” is still a slight favorite) and Sigourney Weaver will be in attendance as a nominee in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television category for “Prayers for Bobby” (she’ll likely lose to either Drew Barrymore or Jessica Lange from “Grey Gardens”). Now, the film’s star, Sam Worthington, will join the festivities as a presenter during the show’s telecast. It doesn’t hurt that Worthington also has another upcoming film, “Clash of the Titans,” to promote.
The HFPA also announced that Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg will present at the 67th Annual event. Kidman will be putting on a fake smile considering all the negative reviews for “Nine” and the fact she wasn’t nominated, but it’s always good to have the HFPA on your side for when you really need their support down the road. Spielberg, on the other hand, has become something of a Globe and Academy Awards staple. It’s hard to remember the last time he didn’t appear at either event. It’s always great to have the legend around, but even Jack Nicholson will take an Oscars off here and there.
Worthington, Spielbeg and Kidman join previously announced presenters Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Mickey Rourke, Collin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
The other key “Avatar” star who may not present, but attend the show is Zoe Saldana. It would be surprising if she didn’t step on stage in some capacity considering her growing noteriety after playing Uhura in the summer blockbuster “Star Trek.” Plus, she also has a new film coming out this spring, the action flick “The Losers.” Composer and co-song writer James Horner should also be in the house with multiple nominations for Best Original Song (“I See You”) and Best Original Score.
The 67th Golden Globes will be presented live on NBC on Jan. 17 at 8 PM EST/ 5 PM PST.
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