Avatar scores at Globes, Critics awards; is Oscar next?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Oh, it's been a good week for James Cameron and his 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar. Sunday night, Avatar won best drama feature film and Cameron nailed best motion picture director at the 67th Annual Golden Globes in Hollywood. That followed Friday's Critics Choice awards, where Avatar took home six awards. (Not to mention the movie's great box office.)

Other big sci-fi/fantasy winners at the Golden Globes included the 3-D Up for best animated feature and Sherlock Holmes' Robert Downey Jr. for best actor in a comedy or musical. We love Downey, and we'll take the win, but Sherlock Holmes as a comedy?

Other non-sci-fi winners included The Hangover for best comedy, Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges for best actor in a drama and The Blind Side's Sandra Bullock for best actress in a drama. On the television side of things, Mad Men beat out True Blood for best drama, while Dexter nabbed well-deserved acting nods for Michael C. Hall as best actor and the amazing John Lithgow as best supporting actor.

As the awards season progresses, it's turning out to be a fascinating battle between the gut-wrenching war story of The Hurt Locker and the amazing technological achievement of Avatar, with an Academy Award showdown certain.

While Avatar won the Golden Globes, The Hurt Locker was named best picture at the 15th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on Friday night. Avatar scored the consolation prize as best action picture and won five technical awards for the Critics Choice, including best sound, editing, cinematography, art direction, and visual effects.

Other sci-fi/fantasy awards included Up as best animated feature, District 9 for best makeup and The Lovely Bones' Saoirse Ronan as best young actor/actress. Other winners included The Hangover as best comedy and Inglourious Basterds for best acting ensemble, Christopher Waltz as best supporting actor and Quentin Tarantino as best original screenplay.

The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 90 reporters, while the Critics Choice Movie Awards are chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

And in other award news, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts named their nominees for Orange Rising Star Award, which recognizes new talent. U.S. actors Kristen Stewart (New Moon) and Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Solitary Man) made the list, as well as the U.K's Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) and Carey Mulligan (An Education) and France's Tahar Rahim (A Prophet. The winner will be announced on Feb. 21.

Which is the best picture? Avatar or The Hurt Locker?

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