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Clooney's Up in the Air leads Golden Globes

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Dec 15, 2009 | 5:00am EST

The film, about a lonely travelling businessman, is leading the main categories with nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor (Drama) for Clooney, and Best Director for Jason Reitman.

Other big challengers at the January (10) ceremony include movie musical Nine, with five nominations, while Avatar and

Inglourious Basterds both scored four.

Up in The Air will compete in the Best Picture category alongside Avatar and Inglourious Basterds, while war movie The Hurt Locker and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire also gained nods.

Clooney will fight it out for the Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama prize alongside Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Tobey Maguire (Brothers). The Best Actress (Drama) category includes Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire).

The coveted Best Director - Motion Picture prize will be a battle between Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Clint Eastwood (Invictus), Jason Reitman (Up In The Air) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds).

In the Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical category, surprise hit The Hangover will face a challenge from two Meryl Streep movies, It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia, as well as (500) Days Of Summer, and Nine.

Streep has also landed two nominations in the Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or

Musical category for It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia - she will face up to Sandra Bullock (The Proposal), Marion Cotillard (Nine) and Julia Roberts (Duplicity). The male category includes Matt Damon (The Informant!), Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine), Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500) Days Of Summer and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man).

The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by British comic Ricky Gervais, will take place on 17 January (09) in Los Angeles.

The main movie awards categories are as follows:

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire

Up In The Air

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria

Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

Helen Mirren - The Last Station

Carey Mulligan - An Education

Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama

Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

George Clooney - Up In The Air

Colin Firth - A Single Man

Morgan Freeman - Invictus

Tobey Maguire - Brothers

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

(500) Days Of Summer

The Hangover

It’s Complicated

Julie & Julia

Nine

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

Sandra Bullock - The Proposal

Marion Cotillard - Nine

Julia Roberts - Duplicity

Meryl Streep - It’s Complicated

Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

Matt Damon - The Informant!

Daniel Day-Lewis - Nine

Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - (500) Days Of Summer

Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man

Best Animated Feature Film

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess And The Frog

Up

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

Penelope Cruz - Nine

Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air

Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air

Mo’nique - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire

Julianne Moore - A Single Man

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

Matt Damon - Invictus

Woody Harrelson - The Messenger

Christopher Plummer - The Last Station

Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Director - Motion Picture

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

James Cameron - Avatar

Clint Eastwood - Invictus

Jason Reitman - Up In The Air

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds.

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