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Surprise awards contenders after the Globes and SAG noms and the first batch of critics lists ... and the expected players whose chances are sinking.

Rising

Sandra Bullock
A month ago, who would have thought the romcom queen would be a favorite for a best actress Oscar nom? The Globes and SAG noms changed that.

"Avatar"
Heading into awards season, the James Cameron sci-fi actioner was the big question mark. Globes noms for best picture (drama) and best director establish the 3D fantasy as a serious awards contender.

"The Hangover"
Snagging a Globes nom for best picture (musical/comedy) was expected. But making AFI's top 10 list will help Warner Bros. position the film for a best picture Oscar nom.


Sliding

"The Road"
Many thought Viggo Mortensen would at least score a Globes nom for best actor. Now the apocalyptic film is losing momentum.

"The Lovely Bones"
Stanley Tucci received Globes and SAG noms but the film and director Peter Jackson have so far been ignored by the HFPA and critics groups. Not a good sign for its long-term prospects.

Hilary Swank
Mira Nair's "Amelia" impressed few, but many believed two-time Oscar winner Swank would still earn year-end recognition for her performance as Amelia Earhart. Not yet.
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