||UP: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker. Her movie swept the major critics' prizes. Also, she was pretty much the world's only person Manohla Dargis didn't tell to fuck off this week.
||DOWN: Lee Daniels, Precious. Was his Globes snub because they wanted to nominate someone more famous — or because of Precious's clumsy fantasy sequences?
|CURRENT PREDIX: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker;
|Lee Daniels, Precious; Clint Eastwood, Invictus; Rob Marshall, Nine; Jason Reitman, Up in the Air; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds.
||UP: George Clooney, Up in the Air. He and Bridges are splitting the critics' awards, but so far Clooney's won more. Seems like this could be a two-horse race.
||DOWN: Tobey Maguire, Brothers. Not only did his surprise Globe nomination come with charges of bribery, but now he has fifteen returned Blu-Ray players to get rid of.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart; George Clooney, Up in the Air; Colin Firth, A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker.|
|Best Actress ||UP: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. She scored a SAG and two Globe nods. She's definitely in ...||DOWN: Abbie Cornish, Bright Star. ... Which means — since Streep, Mulligan, Sidibe, and Mirren are all locks for nods — Cornish could be out.
|Abbie Cornish, Bright Star; Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side; Helen Mirren, The Last Station; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger. Globe and SAG nods (plus his earlier NBR win) mean he'll probably be among the four lucky actors to lose to Christoph Waltz on Oscar night.
||DOWN: Alfred Molina, An Education. Shafted by SAG and the Globes. Damon, Plummer, Tucci, and Waltz kinda seem like locks and that fifth slot is beginning to look like it's Harrelson's.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Matt Damon, Invictus; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger;
|Alfred Molina, An Education; Christopher Plummer, The Last Station; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Mo'Nique, Precious. Her bad attitude was no problem for critics circles in New York, L.A., San Francisco, D.C., or Boston.
||DOWN: Judi Dench, Nine. Even in a movie in which Kate Hudson sings, Judi's big number is "horrible" and "pointless," say critics.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Penélope Cruz, Nine; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Mo'nique, Precious; Julianne Moore, A Single Man.