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10 Movies Looking For Award Season Love

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Award season is heating up in Hollywood, with Up In The Air already taking Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the National Board Of Review. Here are ten films films we expect to hear come up a lot this winter, as more cinema societies name their top movies of the 2009. Don’t forget—we’ve still got the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes and the Oscars to look forward to on TV. [Photo: Paramount Pictures]

  • Brothers

Movies directed by Jim Sheridan—that don’t star 50 Cent—have a tendency to snag award nominations for their actors. And Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman could each win their first major trophy for appearing in his Iraq war love triangle film. (Related: Natalie Portman Goes Blue For Brothers)

  • An Education

Though there are plenty of fussy European period pieces looking for award show love this year (Bright Star, The Last Station, The Young Victoria), one of the most promising is only (only!) set about forty plus years ago. Star Carey Mulligan has already won a Hollywood Award for her portrayal of a schoolgirl swept away by an older man of questionable ethics.

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George Clooney Brings Girlfriend, Mother To Premiere

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George Clooney would appreciate it if you’d take his romance with Elisabetta Canalis seriously. Sure, he’s been enjoying on-and-off affairs with countless beautiful ladies following his 1993 divorce, once claiming he’d never marry again. But the Italian model must mean more than most to the superstar, or he wouldn’t be posing at Up In The Air‘s LA premiere with both Canalis and his mother, Nina Warren Clooney. This might be the one, guys…if he and mama hadn’t posed with then-girlfriend Lisa Snowdon at the Ocean’s Twelve premiere five years ago. Dude better hope Elisabetta doesn’t find out about that.

Also attending the fete were Clooney’s co-stars Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey and Zach Galifianakis, as well as well-wishers like Cindy Crawford. Watch them shake their Oscar-baiters in the gallery below.

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