Wensday, January 16, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 73


 
 









 

'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 Pictures


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 list of
nominations.

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
Bedroom).

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 their performances.

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?

Why not?

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
Comedy award.

In addition, Kidman's sparkling performance in Moulin Rouge is nominated against performances by Thora Birch (Ghost World), Cate
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 award.

Gene Hackman is arguably the best character actor in the business. If Ewan McGregor's performance in Moulin Rouge could be forgotten,
Hackman would get the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role -- Musical or Comedy for his role in The Royal
Tenenbaums.

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 Role category.

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
nominees.

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 Mulholland Drive.

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
West Wing.

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: Crime Scene
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), Jane Kaczmarek
(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), Kelsey Grammer
(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 "outstanding
contribution to the entertainment field." Past recipients of this award include Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Jack Nicholson.

The Golden Globe Awards Ceremony will air live at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC.
 
 
 
 
 

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