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Predicting winners of Sunday's Golden Globe Awards is a harder task than predicting the Oscars that will be handed out March 7. That's because members of the Hollywood-based foreign press who vote on the Globes are trying to do two things at the same time -- vote for films and performances that will make their overseas editors happy (i.e., they'll want to pick films and stars known to them), and make their best guesses as to how the Academy Awards will turn out.

The foreign press, like critics groups and Hollywood guilds, love to boast about their influence on the Academy Awards, so if there are clear Oscar favorites -- say, Mo'Nique as Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Precious,' or Christoph Waltz as Best Supporting Actor for 'Inglourious Basterds' -- the Globes will usually go to those nominees. Mo'Nique has been a little too cavalier in her dismissal of awards, but she appears to be home free, as does Waltz.