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Epic ‘Aviator,’ ‘Sideways’ top Golden Globe honors

David Germain Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Golden Globes shared the wealth Sunday, with the Howard Hughes epic “The Aviator” the big winner with the best-drama prize and two other honors – but five different films splitting key acting honors.

The road-trip romp “Sideways” won the Globe for best-comedy, while lead-actor prizes went to Jamie Foxx of the Ray Charles film biography “Ray,” Hilary Swank of the boxing saga “Million Dollar Baby,” Annette Bening of the showbiz comedy “Being Julia” and Leonardo DiCaprio of “The Aviator.”

The Globes boost the winners’ odds at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27.

Earning a record three Globe nominations, Foxx lost in his other two categories, supporting movie actor for “Collateral” and actor in a TV movie or miniseries for “Redemption.”

Swank’s win for dramatic actress and Bening’s for musical or comedy set up an Oscar rematch between the performers, who competed against each other five years ago for best actress. Underdog Swank won the Golden Globe and Oscar for “Boys Don’t Cry” over Bening, who had been considered the favorite for “American Beauty.”

In “Million Dollar Baby,” Swank plays a determined boxer whose life takes a tragic turn. Swank paid tribute to director and co-star Clint Eastwood.

In “Being Julia,” Bening plays an aging stage diva in 1930s London who plots gleeful revenge against the men in her life. Backstage, Bening said that while Hollywood economics is geared toward roles for younger actresses, she said there are filmmakers eager to present tales of older women.

As Hughes in “The Aviator,” dramatic-actor winner DiCaprio reunited with his “Gangs of New York” director Martin Scorsese.” DiCaprio said that for all his good fortune in Hollywood, the “pinnacle of all that is to work alongside one of the greatest contributors to the world of cinema of all time, and that is the great Martin Scorsese.”

Eastwood won the directing honor for “Million Dollar Baby,” solidifying his chances to win the same honor at the Oscars. Eastwood previously won the directing Oscar for “Unforgiven.”

Natalie Portman and Clive Owen won supporting-actor honors for the sex drama “Closer,” their wins coming as something of a surprise. Both offered profuse thanks to “Closer” director Mike Nichols.

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