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Stars orbit Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are indicators of success for the Academy Awards and Oscars

AP , Beverly Hills, California

The Golden Globes shared the wealth with the Howard Hughes epic, The Aviator, the big winner with the best-drama prize and two other honors. Still, five different films split 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, which are next Thursday (Feb. 27).

"Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?" said Foxx, who won the best-actor prize in a musical or comedy and is considered the front-runner to win the best-actor Oscar for his uncanny emulation of Ray Charles. "I wish I could take what I'm feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more."

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.

"I don't want to ruin your `go ahead, make my day image,' but you have such a huge heart and you envelop all the people around you .... You guided us so brilliantly, while you also, in my humble opinion, gave the performance of your career," Swank said.

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 there are still some filmmakers eager to present tales of older women.

"I think there's no question that sexism exists, but I think that as long as people are willing to fight and create interesting stories that involve women of all different ages, then the movies will get made," Bening said.

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.

"Mike Nichols, I love you, you're the nicest, smartest, wisest daddy, friend, rock star," Portman said.

The Aviator earned composer Howard Shore the Globe for film score, while Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart won the song honor for Old Habits Die Hard from Alfie.

"I'd like to thank Dave Stewart for getting me into this mess," Jagger said on stage alongside Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics.

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