Friday, December 12, 2008

Oscar race wide open after Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Once upon a time in Hollywood, Golden Globe voters helped narrow the list of contenders for Oscars but when the dust cleared from Thursday's Globe nominations, the opposite seemed to hold true.

Best film drama nods for dark tales "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader" over "Milk," which has drawn strong reviews and early praise for its story of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, surprised many industry watchers and added tension to the race for the world's top film honors, the Oscars.

"This is one of those weird years. I think the Globes does everything to muddy the picture and nothing to clear it up," said Pete Hammond, veteran Oscar watcher and critic for Web site Hollywood.com.

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