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The Hollywood Foreign Press throw a good party, but in what is admittedly a tough year – with excellent competitors in several categories – it has surprised most of us in the business of watching the film industry by awarding the Best Supporting Actress Award to the beautiful and talented Natalie Portman; instead of the beautiful and talented Cate Blanchett. And it’s not the only surprise, reports Andrew L. Urban.

Even sweeping aside any national pride we might feel, Cate Blanchett’s performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio’s Howard Hughes, truly deserves several acting awards, and most critics would be surprised that she didn’t take home this Golden Globe. Natalie Portman’s performance in Closer is wonderful but so is the work of the other nominees in this category. Cate Blanchett’s however, is a standout. 

In the Best Supporting Actor category, one of my favourite actors was awarded for his role in Closer: Clive Owen. But the standout performance came from Thomas Haden Church, in Sideways. Still, Geoffrey Rush deservedly won the Best Actor award in the TV category for his role as Peter Sellers – the film was a TV movie in the US.

Yes, it’s a tough year for old fashioned award structures like the Globes and the Oscars and the BAFTAS and the Cesars…etc, with usually two or three exceptional nominees vying for the top honour in each category.

Not least is this true in the Best Picture category, where any one of the six contenders could proudly and justifiably claim the Golden Globe. 

The HFP voters have managed to spread the honours by honouring Clint Eastwood with Best Director, but voting The Aviator Best Picture – Drama. 

The questionable inclusion of Ray in the Comedy or Musical category is truly bizarre, and while I think Sideways is a marvellous screenplay, Ray is a more worthy winner of this Globe. But then so is The Incredibles…

Still, the arguments will quickly fade, while the award winners will forever be the winners. As for the presentation show, it was business as usual, with a few unguarded shots of members the audience at their tables, their faces showing some of what they were feeling or thinking. Well, but of course, that’s what they do so well.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Aviator WINNER
Finding Neverland
Hotel Rwanda
Million Dollar Baby

Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
The Incredibles
The Phantom Of The Opera
Sideways WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film
The Chorus (Les Choristes) (France)
House Of Flying Daggers (China)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Brazil)
The Sea Inside (Spain) WINNER
A Very Long Engagement (France)

Best Director
Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) WINNER
Marc Forster (Finding Neverland)
Mike Nichols (Closer)
Alexander Payne (Sideways)
Martin Scorsese (The Aviator)

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind)
John Logan (The Aviator)
David Magee (Finding Neverland)
Patrick Marber (Closer)
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor (Sideways) WINNER

Best Performance By An Actress– Drama
Scarlett Johansson A Love Song For Bobby Long
Nicole Kidman Birth
Imelda Staunton
Vera Drake
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby WINNER
Uma Thurman Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Performance By An Actor - Drama
Javier Bardem The Sea Inside
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp Finding Neverland
Leonardo Dicaprio The Aviator WINNER
Liam Neeson Kinsey

Best Performance By An Actress - Musical Or Comedy
Annette Bening (Being Julia)WINNER
Ashley Judd (De-Lovely)
Emmy Rossum (The Phantom Of The Opera)
Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind)
Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones: The Edge Of

Best Performance By An Actor -Musical Or Comedy
Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind)
Jamie Foxx (Ray) WINNER
Paul Giamatti (Sideways)
Kevin Kline (De-Lovely)
Kevin Spacey (Beyond The Sea)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)
Laura Linney (Kinsey)
Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
Natalie Portman (Closer) WINNER
Meryl Streep (The Manchurian Candidate)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
Thomas Haden Church (Sideways)
Jamie Foxx (Collateral)
Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby)
Clive Owen (Closer) WINNER

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland)
Rolfe Kent (Sideways)
Howard Shore (The Aviator)WINNER
Hans Zimmer (Spanglish)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
“Accidentally In Love” - Shrek 2 Music & Lyrics By: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley & David Bryson
“Believe” - The Polar Express Music & Lyrics By: Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri
“Learn To Be Lonely” - The Phantom Of The Opera Music By: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics By: Charles Hart
“Million Voices” - Hotel Rwanda Music By: Wyclef Jean, Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis, Andrea Guerra Lyrics By: Wyclef Jean
“Old Habits Die Hard” – Alfie Music & Lyrics By: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart WINNER

Published January 17, 2005

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