(CNN) -- The nominees are scheduled to be announced for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards Thursday morning -- and it appears to be a wide-open race.
In "Michael Clayton," George Clooney plays a law firm fixer who becomes enmeshed in a major case.
So far, only the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men," which has dominated year-end critics' lists, appears to be a shoo-in for a nomination.
However, the Globes often opt for star power as much as critical praise, which means that "Michael Clayton," featuring George Clooney's powerhouse performance, is also a likely pick.
The Globes also give out awards in the comedy/musical field, and in this area nominations are likely to go to "Knocked Up," "Hairspray" and the soon-to-be-released "Sweeney Todd."
Aside from Clooney's work in "Clayton," Globe acting nominations may go to Tommy Lee Jones, who earned raves for both "No Country" and "In the Valley of Elah"; Julie Christie, playing a woman afflicted with Alzheimer's in "Away from Her"; Cate Blanchett, as a mid-'60s version of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There"; and Daniel Day-Lewis, who is receiving great notices for his work as a misanthropic oil baron in another critics' favorite, Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood."
One award is certain: Steven Spielberg will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes organization.
The HFPA, which votes for the awards, is an organization of approximately 100 people who cover film for international and overseas organizations.
Despite the organization's small size, the awards are considered a harbinger for the Academy Awards, the film business' biggest prize.
The Globes are scheduled to be awarded January 13, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. E-mail to a friend