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2009 Golden Globes Trivia By the Numbers

Hugh Laurie, House

Did you miss the Golden Globes last year? Thanks to the writers' strike, we all did, and we can hardly wait for Sunday's glitzy return. So as the hours tick down to the 66th ceremony (NBC at 8 pm/ET), join us in counting up some (hopefully) fascinating facts about this year's show.

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030 Rock may have back-to-back comedy series Emmys, but it hasn't won a series Globe yet. Could this be the year?

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Critics Choose Slumdog, Ledger and Two Leading Ladies

Sean Penn, Anne Hathaway

The critics have spoken and it's a Slumdog and a devious Joker who have their vote.

The 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Association crowned Danny Boyle's sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire, as best picture Thursday — one of five awards it walked away with. The indie flick also picked up best director for Boyle, best writer for Simon Beaufoy, best young actor/actress for Dev Patel and best composer for A.R. Rahman.

Slumdog only missed out on best song, which went to Bruce Springsteen for "The Wrestler" in the flick of the same name.

The evening's other notable winner was Heath Ledger. The late Dark Knight star earned supporting actor honors, along with a standing ovation when his name was called.

"Anyone who's seen any of the extraordinary work that Heath did knows that I can't presume to speak for him in any way, because his voice was as unique as it was original," Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan said while accepting the award on Ledger's behalf. "But... I know that ...
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Dark Knight, Slumdog Score DGA Nods

Christopher Nolan

Start finalizing your Oscar predictions. The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for achievement in directing Thursday — the last of the Guilds to release nominations — and a certain Caped Crusader is still in the running.

The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan was one of the five directors shortlisted for the feature film honor. His nomination comes on the heels of the film's PGA and WGA nods earlier this week, reinforcing the flick's status as a key Oscar player. The superhero sequel only missed out on a SAG ensemble mention.

Joining Nolan in the race are David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) ...
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WGA Takes a Shine to Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight's Oscar campaign just got another big boost.

Two days after scoring a Producers Guild of America nomination, the Batman sequel earned a screenwriting equivalent one from the Writers Guild of America.

Dark Knight scribes Christopher Nolan — who could earn a Directors Guild of America nomination Thursday — and Jonathan Nolan will duke it out against ...
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Worst Week's Erinn Hayes Expecting Second Child

Erinn Hayes

Good news for Worst Week star Erinn Hayes: She's pregnant with her second child.

Hayes, who's mom to 1-year-old Maggie with husband, construction superintendent Jack Hayes, deliberately planned the pregnancy to ...
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Tron Tracks Down Garrett Hedlund for Lead Role

Garrett Hedlund

Disney's Tron, a sequel to the 1982 cult classic of the same name, has found its leading man in relative unknown Garrett Hedlund, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 24-year-old will play a young man who gets ...
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Scrubs' Janitor Cleans Up as Patricia Heaton's Sitcom Hubby

Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton

Sacred Heart's resident janitor is scrubbing into a new role. Scrubs star Neil Flynn has been tapped to play Patricia Heaton's husband in ABC's sitcom pilot, The Middle, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

The family comedy will focus on Flynn's and Heaton's middle-class characters struggling to
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Obama Paging CNN's Dr. Gupta as Surgeon General?

Sanjay Gupta

The country's next Surgeon General may be coming soon from a TV near you.

President-elect Barack Obama is set to tap neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, to the high-profile position, CNN reports.

Gupta is expected to accept the offer in coming days.

The 39-year-old has been in talks with Obama about the job since late last year. CNN first learned of Gupta's prospective new gig in mid-December, according to network spokesperson, Christa Robinson.

"CNN has made sure that his on-air reporting has been on ...
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Kelsey Grammer Goes Corporate for ABC Sitcom

Kelsey Grammer

Frasier and Back to You alum Kelsey Grammer is coming back to TV.

The five-time Emmy winner has signed on to headline a sitcom for ABC, Variety reports. To be shot multi-camera, the as-yet-untitled series will center around Grammer's corporate executive who ...
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HBO Snags Rights to Inaugural Kickoff

Barack Obama

It's not TV, it's the presidential inauguration.

HBO has scored exclusive broadcast rights to the Jan. 18 opening ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Don't have HBO? No worries. The network is in talks with cable and satellite distributors to air the event, which will be held at the Lincoln Memorial, without commercial interruption for free to all.

Both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are expected to attend, while the entertainment lineup ...
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