Who Will Win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture? (PHOTOS)

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Among the most heated races at the Golden Globes are the acting categories. Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis are in a virtual dead-heat for Best Actor in a drama, while newly Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper (The Silver Linings Playbook) squares off opposite Les Mis frontrunner Hugh Jackman for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

On Sunday, January 13, the awards will be handed out, but who will win? Who should win? Let Celebuzz help you figure that out with our guide to the Best Actor nominees.

Just like we did for Best Actress in both drama and musical/comedy, we breakdown each of the talented actors nominated, provide an overview of their performance and the bottom line on their chances of winning.

This year is one of the most competitive ever; so many good actors cranked out some truly great performances. While a Golden Globe win is not a definite precursor to Oscar, it certainly doesn’t hurt one’s chances.

Which actor gets your vote? Tell us in the comments and watch our interview with Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook!

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Which Motion Pictures Will Win Top Honors at the Golden Globes? (PHOTOS)

In the ramp-up to the Golden Globes, the Oscar nominations have come and gone, leaving a bread-crumb trail of obvious nods and an ocean of dissatisfied grumbles at some of the less-subtle snubs.

In fact, one could argue that between its two two-category system of Drama and Musical/Comedy, the Globes made a much wiser set of selections. And if you haven’t seen several, most or all of these noteworthy nominees, Celebuzz is here to break them down and help you out in the office pool come Monday.

Lincoln, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are frontrunner for Best Drama at the Globes, while Les Miserables and Oscar-favorite The Silver Linings Playbook duke it out for Best Musical/Comedy.

The Globes air Sunday, January 13 on NBC. Here’s our guide to all of the nominees, including our predictions of who should – and will – win.

Not that we’re playing favorites, but check out Celebuzz’ interview with Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain. And then tell us in the comments below: Which movies are you rooting for?

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DGA Noms Announced — What Does That Mean for Oscar?

With less than a week to go before the Oscar nominations are announced, one of the biggest foreshadows for Oscar gold – the Directors Guild – has revealed their nominees for Best Director.

As expected, Argo‘s director and star Ben Affleck and Lincoln‘s Steven Spielberg lead the pack, followed by a few surprise picks.

Read on for the full list of directors…

Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) round out the list of 5 directors. This year marks Affleck’s first DGA nomination, while Best Director Oscar winners Hooper and Bigelow received their second. Spielberg scored is eleventh DGA nomination.

David O. Russell, a favorite for The Silver Linings Playbook, is notably absent. Also missing from the list are Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and The Master‘s Paul Thomas Anderson.

The DGA is one of the strongest indicators of who will take home Oscar gold. No director has ever won an Academy Award without previously receiving a nod from the DGA.

So based on the DGAs, who are Oscar’s frontrunners? With Golden Globe and DGA nods, Hooper is a safe bet for a Best Director nomination. Ditto Spielberg and Bigelow.

The outlook is still a bit fuzzy on Lee; the Academy could go either way and give it to Russell. And don’t count out Tarantino just yet; the filmmaker is very popular with the Academy and his Golden Globe nomination may be enough to secure a nod. Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 10.

Which director do you think will win? Who do you want to go home with the Oscar? Sound off in the comments below.

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Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman ‘Crack Jokes’ Over Dinner in Colorado (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

Big screen hunks Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman hit a high note together over a post-Christmas dinner… literally.

The actors, who’ve been known to sell out a crowd when they’ve taken over the microphone, were spotted having dinner at the ultra-exclusive Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort and Spa in Avon, Colo. Dec. 27, an eyewitness told Celebuzz exclusively.

“They were out for dinner at the 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill,” said the eyewitness.

“They were joking with a musician in the lobby. They were requesting songs and cracking jokes and seemed really friendly.”

Timberlake, 31, who’s long been a fan of Beaver Creek Ski Resort and whose wife Jessica Biel has signed on to star opposite Jackman as Viper in The Wolverine, joined the Aussie heartthrob, who just so happens to be staying at the swankiest hotel in the area for the holidays. And the stars went relatively unnoticed on their time off before award season kicks into high gear in the New Year.

“People stayed away for the most part,” added the eyewitness. “It’s a fancy but quiet restaurant.”

The 44-year-old star of stage and screen has a lot to sing about in 2012 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Les Miserables set to be handed out Jan. 13.

Do you think Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman would make a good on-screen duo? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Weekend Movie Preview — Five Flicks in Five Clicks (PHOTOS)

As the holiday season – and the year as a whole — reaches its final hurrah with New Year’s, theaters are bustling with new, highly-anticipated movie releases. From late-breaking blockbusters to Oscar bait to sleeper hits, there’s plenty to choose from.

And Five Flicks in Five Clicks is Celebuzz’ way of whittling down those choices to a comfortable number.

As The Hobbit continues to perform well at the box office, Christmas openers Les Miserables and Django Unchained have stolen some of that film’s thunder, both critically and commercially. Meanwhile, crowd-pleasers Jack Reacher and This Is 40 hope to capture a share of the market for themselves.

Launch the gallery above to see Celebuzz’ breakdown of the week’s top films.

Be sure to watch the trailers for each film below.

Django Unchained

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Les Miserables

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Jack Reacher

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This Is 40

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Let Celebuzz know in the comments section which of the films you chose – and why!

‘Les Miserables’ vs. ‘Django Unchained’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

It’s Oscar slummin’ time at the movies as Hollywood rolls out its primo slate of films, but despite a handful of new titles across the marquee, it’s all about the French Revolution and the Civil War South this weekend. The big-budget adaptation of Broadway’s favorite child, Les Miserables, is pitting its cannons and bayonets against Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti-western six-shooter, Django Unchained.

Which film will sing a victorious ballad and which will lay buried in a shallow desert grave?

Directed by Tom Hooper, the filmmaker behind The King’s Speech, the latest theatrical rendition of Les Mis combines a star-studded cast with high-cost Hollywood production value. The end result is a wonderfully performed rendition of the classic story with critically acclaimed turns by Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Jackman about the challenges of bringing the musical to the screen:

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Hooper’s direction, however, makes the film feel a bit like a well-funded stageplay with the camera filming from the point-of-view of the audience. With a series of close-ups and wide, sweeping shots, the production never truly figures out a way to present these songs in a uniquely cinematic fashion. The film looks and sounds spectacular without necessarily taking full advantage of its medium.

Quentin Tarantino, on the other hand, makes full use of his cinematic toolbox to bring the story of a former slave and a German bounty-hunter to life in Django Unchained. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django tells a tale of pre-Civil War revenge in purely Tarantino fashion. It’s likely one of his finest – and certainly funniest – films that strikes a smart balance between the near-comic absurdity and inhuman brutality of American slavery.

Check out Celebuzz’ interview with Django actor Sammi Rotibi:

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Showcasing action, comedy and drama with a smart soundtrack and a striking series of cinematic visuals, Django Unchained is the absolute pick-of-the-week for lovers of old-school Westerns or Tarantino in general.

Let Celebuzz know what you’re planning on seeing this weekend with your vote above, and talk about why you want to see these box office brawlers in the comments below!

‘Les Miserables’ Takes Top Spot At Christmas Box Office

Les Miserables brought in the big bucks on Christmas Day.

The much-anticipated musical — starring Hugh JackmanAnne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe — took the box office’s No. 1 spot with an estimated $17.5 million.

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino‘s gritty period drama, Django Unchained, which stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, came in second, earning a projected $14 million — and also taking the title as the highest-grossing R-rated film on Dec. 25, per The Hollywood Reporter.

With two of the season’s biggest releases drawing major buzz, the movie industry had plenty to celebrate yesterday, thanks to audiences hitting up their local theaters for some holiday film fun. Tallying out the rest of the box office: The Hobbit, which placed third with a projected $10.8 million, and Parental Guidance, which came in fourth with an anticipated $6 million to $7 million.

Did you see a movie on Christmas Day? Which was your favorite? Sound off in the comments!

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Journey to ‘Les Misérables’: A Look at Hugh Jackman’s Career Evolution (PHOTOS)

Hugh Jackman has come quite a long way.

Since starting out as a Communications student in Sydney, Australia, the actor has managed to turn what was just a drama course for additional credits to a full-blown, award-winning acting career.

Over the years, Jackman wowed spectators both on and off the theater stage with a variety of roles. Refusing to let genre hold him back, the 44-year-old has played almost everything from a disgruntled mutant to a magician and, yes, even an Australian in the outback.

Now, Jackman stars in director Tom Hooper‘s first musical film, Les Misérables. Though it may seem the actor — who also won a Tony Award in 2004 for his work in Broadway’s The Boy From Oz — is back in his element with musical theater, he assures us that the task of taking onthe iconic role of Jean Valjean was all still very daunting.

“It takes a long time,” he told Celebuzz of acting in a silver screen musical. ”I have a background in theater and when I first got into a musical 20 years ago I was like, ‘Whoa, this is not easy.’”

“The process I have to take is — first of all, I take the lyrics off the music page and write them out as dialogue, so I have to approach that,” he continued. “Then, I learn the song and then it takes a long time to put the two together to make them feel natural.”

“I won’t say it’s easy. For some it’s easy but for me, I have to go through every step [of that process.]”

Just how far has Jackman come in order to develop his craft?

Relive Jackman’s entire acting journey in the gallery — above.

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‘Les Miserables’ Star Hugh Jackman Says Director Tom Hooper Gave Anne Hathaway ‘The Greatest Filmmaking Compliment I’ve Ever Seen’ (VIDEO)

Les Miserables accomplishes more then merely bringing one of the most beloved stage musicals to the big screen: It literally makes history.

As the first film musical in the medium’s history to actually allow the actors to perform live on set, it combined the immediacy of film with the theatricality of the stage. And star Hugh Jackman credits director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) with dexterously combining the virtues of each medium to create a unique and special whole.

“I think Tom Hooper being a slight outsider was a real benefit,” Jackman told Celebuzz. “Tom went in going, so with film, I can show scope, I can show passages of time, I can show transformation. Not only that, there are things that really work on stage, but with film I can enhance that.”

Jackman explained that Hooper’s photography not only makes the singing feel palpable and immediate, but gives the emotion behind it an appropriately sweeping context. He also said it provided co-star Anne Hathaway with one of the greatest moments he’d ever seen on film.

“When Anne sings ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and Tom gives her the greatest filmmaking compliment I’ve ever seen, which is holding without cutting a close-up for three minutes of that performance, you know it’s live singing — you can feel it and you’re there.

“So it is in a way theater on steroids, because you are getting the best seat you’re ever going to get to one of the great performances ever.”

Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide December 25. Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Hathaway, and then let us know what you think of the movie – and both actors’ great moments – in the comments section below!

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‘Les Miserables’ Star Samantha Barks Had ‘So Much to Learn’ Going From Stage to Screen (VIDEO)

Although many of the stars of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables had previous experience as singers – some were even classically-trained – none had the pedigree of Samantha Barks, who performed in hundreds of stage performances of the musical in London’s West End.

Nevertheless, Barks admitted that she struggled to find the right approach to playing Eponine, the character whom she’s played so many times before, when faced with the challenge of doing so in front of a camera rather than on stage.

“This is a piece I knew a lot about, having performed it in the West End,” Barks told Celebuzz. “But I was entering a world I knew nothing about, so I had a lot to bring to it, but there was so much to learn.”

Barks explained that the stage experience demands more from a performer, at least in the sense that he or she must project enough volume and power to reach everyone in the audience. Comparatively, being filmed meant that she had to dial back her more theatrical impulses to find something more understated and intimate.

“In theatre you have to project your voice to fill a 3,000 seater, but on this you could be stripped back and your emotions could read,” she said.

“The camera was right here, so you could be so intimate. Obviously you still want to build to that musical climax, but it meant you could start in such a place of intimacy that you had a longer journey than a musical arc to go on – because it’s so exciting to have that depth.”

Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide on December 25. Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Barks’ co-star, Anne Hathaway, and let us know what you think of the film itself in the comments below!

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Eddie Redmayne Calls His ‘Les Miserables’ Character a ‘Refreshing’ Change of Pace (VIDEO)

As a young actor with unconventional good looks, Eddie Redmayne has often played character whose audiences show dubious sympathy for, if any at all. But in Les Miserables, Redmayne plays Marius, a virtuous romantic lead whom he described as a welcome change after his work in films like Hick and The Yellow Handkerchief.

“It feels quite refreshing, actually,” he told Celebuzz. “When I first auditioned for this, I was shooting a film called Hick in North Carolina where played a Texan meth-addict pedophile with a limp.”

Redmayne revealed that he actually auditioned for Les Miserables via his telephone, rather than the more conventional method of, oh, meeting with the filmmakers in person.

“It was this night in a trailer on a night shoot that I took my phone and sang the song that my character sings,” he said. “So it was whilst playing a complete psychopath that I started auditioning for this job.”

Although he thrilled at the chance to play one of the film’s heroes, Redmayne said that he wanted to make the character as sophisticated as possible. “In that [stage] version, Marius is a romantic, almost a romantic,” he said. “All of these people die for him and he goes through singing oblivious.”

“Tom Hooper and I went back to the book and found a load of intricacies that made this guy more complicated, to see how extreme this guy was willing to go.”

Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide on December 25. Watch Celebuzz’ exclusive video interview with Redmayne’s co-star Anne Hathaway below.

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