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Golden Globe winners announced

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18 January 2010

The science fiction epic Avatar has been named best drama at the Golden Globe awards in Hollywood. The film, which has broken records at the box office, also picked up an award for its director James Cameron.

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James Cameron, who's spent the past five years working on Avatar, was named best director. The film, which is on course to become the highest grossing movie of all time, is now considered to be in pole position to do well at the Oscars.

The Hangover, a film based around a stag party in Las Vegas, won the award for best comedy. Jeff Bridges, who plays a country music singer in the film Crazy Heart, was named best actor. And Meryl Streep took the award for best actress in a comedy for her portrayal of the American TV chef, the late Julia Child, in Julie and Julia.

Many of the celebrities wore ribbons in support of the people of Haiti. TV viewers were encouraged to give money. The organisers of the show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said they were donating $100,000 to the earthquake relief fund.

Peter Bowes, BBC, Los Angeles

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on course to

seems to be going to

the highest grossing movie

the film which has taken most money from people going to see it

to be in pole position to do well

to be a strong favourite and most likely to win

a stag party

a party which a man has before he gets married, usually with only his male friends

her portrayal of

her playing the part of

late

now dead

ribbons

small pieces of coloured material often worn to show support for a particular cause

donating

giving, usually for a charitable cause

the earthquake relief fund

a collection of money to be used to help people affected by the earthquake in Haiti

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