The final wait to find out which actors and actresses will fail to pick up their gongs for this year's Golden Globes awards is underway.

Instead of the usual star-studded ceremony the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will be announcing the winners at an hour-long press conference, beginning at 18:00 local time (02:00 GMT tomorrow).

The Hollywood writers' strike has caused the break from tradition for the 65th awards, with most participants threatening to boycott an awards ceremony had it taken place.

HFPA president Jorge Camara had said his organisation had been "very disappointed" by the outcome but "took some comfort" from the fact that the awards will still be announced on the previously scheduled date.

Golden Globes have traditionally been a good pointer towards Oscar winners and this year looks to be no exception.

The best motion picture category sees American Gangster, Atonement and Eastern Promises vie with The Great Debaters, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.

Keira Knightley flies the British flag in the best actress in a drama motion picture category for her performance in Atonement but faces competition from Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart, among others.

The actor's equivalent award pits James McAvoy's Atonement performance against the likes of George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington.

In the best director for a motion picture category, Atonement again features through Joe Wright. Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, the Coen Brothers and Julian Schnabel are also in the running.

13/01/2008 16:56:33