Bening, Bale Earn Acting Pizes at Golden Globes

Bening, Bale Earn Acting Pizes at Golden Globes – Annette Bening has earned the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy, setting her up for her latest showdown at the Academy Awards, where the Hollywood veteran has never won.

In this publicity image released by NBC, host Ricky Gervais is shown during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Christian Bale earned the supporting-actor Globe for “The Fighter.”

Bening won for the lesbian-family tale “The Kids Are All Right.” She received the same prize at the Globes 11 years ago for “American Beauty” and went into Oscar night as the favorite, only to lose to Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Swank preceded her Oscar win with the Globe for best dramatic actress, a prize expected to go to Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” on Sunday. That would put Bening and Portman in a likely two-woman race for best actress at the Oscars. ( AP )


ARE COLD WINTERS THE FLIP SIDE OF CLIMATE CHANGE? – Bitterly cold winters in Europe and the U.S. in 2010 may be a paradoxical side effect of climate change, some scientists said.

Rising temperatures mean a shrinking of sea ice in the Arctic, heating the region and pushing cold air southwards during the winter, according to a study last month in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Warming of the air over the Barents and Kara seas, for instance, seems to bring cold winter winds to Europe.

‘This is not what one would expect,’ said Vladimir Petoukhov, lead author of the study and climate scientist at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

‘Whoever thinks that the shrinking of some far away sea-ice won’t bother him could be wrong.’
The release of the NOAA report itself was delayed one day by an unusually hard snow storm in North Carolina.

‘These anomalies could triple the probability of cold winter extremes in Europe and northern Asia,’ he said.

‘Recent severe winters like last year’s… do not conflict with the global warming picture, but rather supplement it.’ ( dailymail )