'Beautiful Mind,' 'Moulin
Rouge' compete at Globes
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
The other Golden Globe nominees don't seem
to stand a chance against this year's A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge,
as both films will go
into the ceremonies with six nominations
apiece … but there's always room for a surprise or two.
Photo courtesy of Universal
Russell Crowe is nominated
for Best Actor in a Motion Picture drama at the Golden Globe Awards for
his performance in Ron Howard's A
Beautiful Mind. The film is also nominated
for Best Picture -- Drama.
Ron Howard's depiction of John Forbes
Nash Jr.'s life in A Beautiful Mind will go up against Peter Jackson's
The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring in the Best Motion
Picture -- Drama category.
While Beautiful will pin all its hopes
on Russell Crowe's talent and an intriguing story, Lord of the Rings will
propel itself with its flock of fans and
huge numbers at the box office. Also,
the film, which is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book trilogy, nabbed the American
Film Institute's Best Film
award earlier this year -- a considerable
surprise to the film industry.
Todd Field's excellent film In The Bedroom
is also nominated for this award, but the modest yet compelling film doesn't
stand a chance in the
world of awards ceremonies. The Coen brothers'
The Man Who Wasn't There and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive round out this
In the Best Performance by an Actress in
a Leading Role -- Drama category, Halle Berry will look to get her hands
on another Globes award.
Her performance in Monster's Ball will
compete against veteran actresses and past award winners Judi Dench (Iris)
and Sissy Spacek (In the
Aside from Dench's performance, there isn't
any reason why Berry should lose the award. The Others' Nicole Kidman and
The Deep End's
Tilda Swinton were also nominated for
The most competition between nominees can
be found in the Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Drama category. All five
actors have shown they
can carry a film with acting alone.
As for Will Smith (Ali) and Billy Bob Thornton
(The Man Who Wasn't There), a nomination will be enough to reward their
performances. But will
Denzel Washington repeat what he did at
the 2000 Globe Awards and outshine both Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey?
His role in Training Day may not appeal
to the same crowds that laud Spacey's performance in The Shipping News.
And maybe it's not as
interesting as Crowe's schizophrenic character.
But what Washington does with Training
Day is what only a few versatile actors can do -- take a chance on portraying
any character to make it
an award-winning performance.
As for Moulin Rouge, the musical love story
won't have much to worry about. Without taking anything away from the rest
of the films in the
musical or comedy category, Baz Luhrmann's
well-rounded film is a refreshing story filled with spectacular performances
that should make the
most of its nominations.
Luhrmann's musical will go up against Bridget
Jones's Diary, Gosford Park, Legally Blonde and Shrek for the Best Motion
Picture -- Musical or
In addition, Kidman's sparkling performance
in Moulin Rouge is nominated against performances by Thora Birch (Ghost
Blanchett (Bandits), Reese Witherspoon
(Legally Blonde) and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary) for the Best
Performance by an Actress
in a Leading Role -- Musical or Comedy
Gene Hackman is arguably the best character
actor in the business. If Ewan McGregor's performance in Moulin Rouge could
Hackman would get the award for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Leading Role -- Musical or Comedy for his role in The
But McGregor's presence in the musical
is unforgettable. Hugh Jackman (Kate and Leopold), John Cameron Mitchell
(Hedwig and the Angry
Inch) and Thornton (Bandits) are also
nominated for this acting award.
For the Best Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting Role, the nominees are Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind),
Cameron Diaz (Vanilla
Sky), Helen Mirren (Gosford Park), Marisa
Tomei (In The Bedroom) and Kate Winslet (Iris).
Hayden Christensen (Life as a House), Jim
Broadbent (Iris), Steve Buscemi (Ghost World), Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast),
Jude Law (A.I.
Artificial Intelligence) and Jon Voight
(Ali) are the nominees for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting
The Best Foreign Language Film nominees
represent an array of different filmmaking with France's Amélie,
Brazil's Behind the Sun, India's
Monsoon Wedding, Bosnia's No Man's Land
and Mexico's Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too).
The Best Director of a Motion Picture category
is stacked with impressive nominees. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings)
and Luhrmann (Moulin
Rouge) may have the shortest résumés
of the bunch, but their acclaimed work for this year has the two mixed
with a few veteran filmmakers.
Robert Altman (Gosford Park), Howard (A
Beautiful Mind), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive) and Steven Spielberg (A.I.)
are the rest of the
For years, Altman and Lynch have delivered
steady work. These nominations don't necessarily mean their current films
are their best work. In
these cases especially, Altman and Lynch
have directed films that are more appealing.
Spielberg took a chance on picking up where
Stanley Kubrick left off with A.I. Whether or not it will pay off is still
in the air. Even if it doesn't, it's
certain that Spielberg has other films
in the works that will be recognized in years to come.
This may be Howard's big year with A Beautiful
Mind. If "Opie" doesn't walk away with this award, Luhrmann will have the
Globe in hand.
One of the most entertaining films of the
year, Memento, received only one Globe nomination. Memento's screenwriter,
Christopher Nolan, by
far deserves this award.
Other nominees for this category are Joel
and Ethan Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There, Julian Fellowes for Gosford
Park, Akiva Goldsman
for A Beautiful Mind and David Lynch for
The Golden Globe Awards give accolades
for outstanding performances in the television industry, as well. In the
drama category, there are a
few newcomers, but The Sopranos and The
West Wing will be the two shows going head to head.
For the best television series drama, the
nominees are 24, Alias, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Six Feet Under,
The Sopranos and The
Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco of The Sopranos
head the list of nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television
Series -- Drama.
Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Jennifer
Garner (Alias), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Marg Helgenberger (CSI:
Investigation) and Sela Ward (Once and
Again) are also nominated in this category.
Martin Sheen's portrayal as the president
in West Wing will attempt to edge out James Gandolfini's role as a mob
boss in The Sopranos for the
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television
Series -- Drama award.
Simon Baker (The Guardian), Peter Krause
(Six Feet Under) and Kiefer Sutherland (24) round out this category.
The nominees for Best Television Series
-- Comedy or Musical are Ally McBeal, Frasier, Friends, Sex and the City
and Will & Grace.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television
Series -- Musical or Comedy nominees are Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal),
(Malcolm in the Middle), Heather Locklear
(Spin City), Debra Messing (Will & Grace) and Sarah Jessica Parker
(Sex and the City).
The nominees for Best Performance by an
Actor in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy are Tom Cavanagh (Ed),
(Frasier), Eric McCormack (Will &
Grace), Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Charlie Sheen (Spin City).
Also, look for Harrison Ford to be presented
with the 59th Annual Cecil B. DeMille Award. The award will recognize Ford's
contribution to the entertainment field."
Past recipients of this award include Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Jack
The Golden Globe Awards Ceremony will air
live at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC.