January 23, 2004 11:09 AM

Who will walk away with a Golden Globe? PEOPLE preps for Hollywood’s (second) biggest night, along with a rundown of important events to watch for in the coming week:

GLOBAL WARMING: Winning a Golden Globe can be a thrilling experience. Just ask U2’s Bono, who colorfully described his win last year as “f—ing brilliant.” Random expletives aside, stars will gather at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 25 to celebrate the best of the big and small screen. (All the action will be shown live on NBC.) Will Jude Law (“Cold Mountain”) beat out Sean Penn (“Mystic River”) for best actor in a drama? Will “Sex and the City”‘s Sarah Jessica Parker score a swan song Globe for her hit HBO show in its final season? Either way, prepare for the gratuitous thanking of agents and publicists. And maybe a couple curse words.

COURT IN COURT: It’s another week, another court date for beleaguered rocker Courtney Love, who will be back for an encore appearance in Beverly Hills Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 27, this time to face two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance following her Oct. 2 overdose on hydrocodone and OxyContin. (Love recently checked herself out of the Malibu rehab center Wavelengths.) Her legal trouble doesn’t stop there: Love – whose debut solo album, “America’s Sweetheart,” will hit stores on Feb. 10 – also was recently sued by a California law firm which claims she owes them $228,926 for legal work in a lawsuit against her former record label, Geffen.

WHAT AN HONOR: Insomnia will be rampant in the celeb world on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 27, when stars find out if they’re nominated for an Academy Award. Among the folks likely to get a call at an ungodly hour are Russell Crowe (“Master and Commander”), Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Charlize Theron (“Monster”), Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) and Naomi Watts (“21 Grams”). Many stars claim it’s an honor just to be nominated – so by that logic, Jan. 27 is even more important than Sunday, Feb. 29, the date of the actual Oscar ceremony. Yeah, sure it is.

THE BIG 5-"O": Fifty and fabulous is an understatement for Oprah Winfrey, who reaches the mid-century mark on Thursday, Jan. 29. Though she once predicted she’d shave her head for her momentous birthday, Winfrey’s hair follicles are safe for now. And the purveyor of positive thinking isn’t about to let her legions of fans down when it comes to turning the Big 5-0. “I feel like I can’t wait to get to be 50,” she cheerily tells PEOPLE in its Feb. 2 issue. “I want to make everybody jealous and wish they were 50 – or 49 and going to be!” Winfrey plans to spend the day with her closest friends – the millions of viewers who will be watching a special live birthday broadcast.

AND FINALLY… Get ready to walk this way. Aerosmith will headline the pre-game festivities at Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday, Feb. 1, Beyonce Knowles will sing the national anthem and P. Diddy, Janet Jackson and Kid Rock will entertain during the halftime show. Oh, and the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers will be playing a little game on the gridiron at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

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