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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows actor Robert Redford at the New York Film Festival screening of "All Is Lost" in New York. Redford was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Redford goes from snubbed to nominated in a day

The awards season giveth, the awards season taketh away.

It’s been an up-and-down couple of days for the awards prospects of Utah resident Robert Redford — snubbed one day and hailed the next.

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Redford has been considered a front-runner for a Best Actor Oscar this year, for his solo and mostly wordless performance in the seagoing survival drama "All Is Lost."

Conventional wisdom says Redford’s name will be called when the Oscar nominees are announced on Jan. 16 -- the first day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, coincidentally -- along with Bruce Dern for "Nebraska," Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips" and Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club."

On Wednesday morning, Redford’s name was off the list of lead actor nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Those other four guys were nominated, as expected, but the fifth slot went to Forest Whitaker for "Lee Daniels’ The Butler."

This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the Golden Globe nominees -- and Redford was back among the chosen ones.

Redford was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama, alongside Ejiofor, Hanks, McConaughey and Idris Elba for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." (Dern was a nominee for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, along with Christian Bale for "American Hustle," Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street," Oscar Isaac for "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Joaquin Phoenix for "Her.")

So the Oscar prognosticators have more data to crunch, to make predictions that will still be as accurate as throwing darts at a list of names.

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