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Golden Globe Review: The Film Awards

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Despite being thoroughly outed by Vikram Jayanti in his superb documentary, The Golden Globes: Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret, the Globes do retain some credibility in certain quarters. I don't buy that they are any sort of barometer for Academy Award nominations, but they do give nominees the extra media attention that may tip an Oscar nod their way. That said, here's what I thought about tonight's results and what they may portend.

American Gangster
Atonement (Winner)
Eastern Promises
The Great Debaters
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

The win by Atonement had to be the biggest shock of the night after it seemed all but settled that No Country for Old Men would triumph. I think it still will at the Oscars, but Atonement may now actually be a contender. Prior to tonight, I didn't expect it to even get a nomination. It's a fine movie, but seems a little staid beside fiery pictures like No Country and There Will Be Blood.