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Golden Globes: How did they affect the Oscar race?

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Now that the Golden Globe winners have been announced, how did tonight’s results change the overall awards race? Not too much, actually. Though there’s no overlap between the Globes and the Oscars in terms of the voting bodies, the results were fairly consistent with the rest of the season. Here’s what struck me about the night’s results.

The Social Network dominates With four wins out of six nominations (including Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), David Fincher’s acclaimed drama continued its phenomenal sweep of the season so far. Will it hit any speed bumps along the way from here on out? The Fighter, which won both supporting races, could steal the SAG Best Cast prize, and The King’s Speech still has a shot for Best Picture based on what I’m hearing from voters, but Network‘s performance so far has been almost unprecedented.

Four acting front-runners emerge After picking up Critics Choice awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association on Friday, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo all repeated. The supporting actress race might still be something of a race thanks to Leo’s Fighter costar Amy Adams, but I’m thinking the other three acting categories are now completely sewn up.

Kids gains some steam After failing to earn a Best Picture nod from the broadcast critics, The Kids Are All Right picked up two major Globes, for Best Comedy and Best Actress in the Comedy. It should also score around four Oscar nominations and pick up multiple prizes at the Spirit Awards next month.

Um, Paul Giamatti?! The ace character actor was a surprise Best Actor in a Comedy for the little-seen Canadian indie Barney’s Version, besting A-listers Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Kevin Spacey. It’s clear no one’s seen your film when you basically have to recap its plot in your acceptance speech. The win was a great moment for Giamatti — too bad the Oscar nominations balloting ended on Friday.

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