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GOLDEN GLOBES 2003 – THE WINNERS

NICOLE’S NOT AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
The movie critics of the foreign press in Hollywood – and that includes a couple of Australians working there – have voted The Hours Best Drama, with Nicole Kidman Best Actress, and Chicago Best Musical/Comedy in the 60th Golden Globes, rewarding Nicole for not being afraid to tackle Virginia Woolf’s hook-nosed, grumpy, unsociable and suicidal character. Andrew L. Urban reports.


Nicole Kidman’s award triumph is perhaps a bookend to Jack Nicholson’s in About Schmidt, in which Jack plays an un-heroic, unattractive, ageing nobody, with an almost off-hand act of kindness in his retirement. 

Have the foreign critics found ‘worthy’ is best for 2002 film, or is it something else?

Not to encourage too much analysis about movie awards of any kind, it’s nevertheless tempting to look at this year’s Golden Globe winners (see list below) – or should that be ‘those to whom it goes’ in the more sensitive age of having no losers – and be struck by the capriciousness of the results. For example: Best Director = Martin Scorsese, Best Screenplay = About Schmidt, Best Film = The Hours. 

If it isn’t caprice it might be the fact that the old awards structure, copied with one exception from the Oscars) simply doesn’t cater for the width and depth of today’s filmmaking and the competition simply makes it too confusing. Take the five Best Film (Drama) nominees: 
About Schmidt – character study;
Gangs of New York – historical epic;
The Hours – biopic & intellectual essay;
The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers – epic fantasy adventure;
The Pianist – war drama


Each one is so different that even mentioning them in the same breath is like lining up beer, wine, cola, water and lemon juice and asking a thirsty bunch of people to vote for The Best. Come off it, I hear you say, it’s just a vote for one’s preference. Well, exactly. And the result is just a piece of razzle dazzle, then? (As Richard Gere’s Billy Flynn might – indeed, does - point out.)

But let me hasten to add, I am not Golden Globe bashing. I’m all awards bashing, if the awards are based on the simplistic old structure that we know today.

For reasons never made entirely clear, the 90 odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association often vote along much like the thousands of Academy members voting for the Oscars, so the Globes are seen as a pre-hearsal, perhaps, for the big night on March 23. Except, of course, the Oscars do not separate drama from musical-or-comedy for Best Film category, in their antiquated system. (Oscar is 75 years old this year.)

You might also wonder if there’s any meaning to be found in the fact that neither of the two epics nominated, Gangs of New York or The Two Towers, had enough voter support to take home ANY major award. Where’s Viggo Mortensen’s nomination for Best Actor for The Lord Of The Rings, say? (If you push me I’d say his place is taken by Leonardo DiCaprio.)

And don’t go pointing out that U2’s The Hands That Built America from Gangs of New York won the Best Song gong; like its fellow nominees Die Another day and Here I am (Spirit) this is a song tacked on to the film for the end credits roll. I’d rather they’d given the award to Razzle Dazzle ‘em from Chicago; it’s very much a part of the film – and it is STILL original.

And the Golden Globes Go To:

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA 
THE HOURS 
Paramount Pictures/Miramax Films; Paramount Pictures 

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY 
CHICAGO 
Producer Circle Co.,/Zadan-Meron Prods.; Miramax Films 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA 
NICOLE KIDMAN The Hours 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA 
JACK NICHOLSON About Schmidt 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY 
RENEE ZELLWEGER Chicago 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY 
RICHARD GERE Chicago 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
TALK TO HER (SPAIN) 
El Deseo S.A./A3Tv and Via Digital; Sony Pictures Classics 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE 
MERYL STREEP Adaptation 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE 
CHRIS COOPER Adaptation 

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE 
MARTIN SCORSESE Gangs of New York 

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE 
ALEXANDER PAYNE and JIM TAYLOR About Schmidt 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE 
ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL Frida 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
The Hands That Built America - The Gangs of New York, U2 


Published January 21, 2003

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Nicole Kidman - The Hours


Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt


Renee Zellweger - Chicago


Martin Scorsese - Gangs of New York


Richard Gere - Chicago


Meryl Street - Adaptation


Chris Cooper - Adaptation

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