Golden Globes Races To Watch: Meryl Vs. Meryl And More

Tobey Maguire, 'Up' and 'Avatar' are among the nominees squaring off Sunday.

Few shows are as diverse, unpredictable and flat-out fun as the Golden Globes. And as we pack up our cameras, BlackBerrys and notepads and head over to the world-famous Beverly Hilton, the MTV News team can’t wait to hit the red carpet for the 67th annual ceremony.

Be sure to keep one eye on your set and the other on your computer monitor on Sunday, as we’ll be bringing you the latest stories from the awards show (and the parties). But before you do, take a look at the top showdowns we’re most excited to see resolved — and how the results could impact Oscar.

Nothing Cartoonish Here
It’s hard to remember a year when the top animated films were so diverse — or so good. Sure, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” can be written off as awards fodder because it was so silly, but beyond that, you have the Pixar masterpiece “Up,” Wes Anderson’s dazzling gem “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Henry Selick’s eye-popping “Coraline” and the traditionally animated film many are calling Disney’s best in years, “The Princess and the Frog.” Your guess is as good as ours on which one will take home the Globe, but this much is certain: There’s nothing childish about these movies.

Bridges vs. Maguire
“Crazy Heart” star Jeff Bridges has been around forever and won virtually nothing from awards voters. “Brothers” actor Tobey Maguire is far younger, but appears to be on the Jeff Bridges career path of decades of stardom with little awards recognition. It seems like something’s gotta give in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama race — unless, of course, awards-season heavyweight George Clooney ends up dominating everyone once again.

Meryl Streep vs. Meryl Streep
This woman is so good at her job, it’s ridiculous. For the third time (and second consecutive year!), the woman with the most Golden Globes nominations of all time will hit the ceremony representing multiple movies. In the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy category, her performance as a gourmet chef in “It’s Complicated” goes toe-to-toe with her performance as the gourmet chef in “Julie & Julia.” What, we couldn’t get her “Fantastic Mr. Fox” work in there too?

Christoph Waltz vs. Movies You Haven’t Seen
Judging by the box-office receipts and buzz, you most likely haven’t seen “The Messenger,” “The Last Station,” “The Lovely Bones” or “Invictus.” Veteran Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, however, took in more than $120 million with Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Will the Best Supporting Actor battle reveal a contrarian Hollywood Foreign Press Association determined to remind moviegoers that they should seek out those other films? Or did they similarly fall in love with “Basterds” and never get around to seeing the rest?

How Do You Choose?
In most years, the Best Picture nominees always seem to have an overrated film, a movie whose popularity has peaked and/or a Martin Scorsese film trying to make up for the fact that his great movies never won anything. This year, it appears, there’s none of that. Instead, you have “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Precious” and “Up in the Air” nominated for Best Drama — five very different films that seem as hard to compare as they are difficult to hate. The winner automatically skyrockets to the top of Oscar’s Best Picture probability rankings — but in this contest, there really are no losers.

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