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Peter Jackson and Bill Murray were the stars of this year’s Golden Globe awards presentation, the former showing he can accept the night’s major award with more grace and composure than many of the actors, while the latter gave a hilarious deadpan performance with barbed wire lines; Michael Douglas, honoured with the de Mille Award, also stood out. And the conflict of the night goes to …. Finding Nemo / Lost in Translation, both deserving but in different categories.

Peter Jackson’s acceptance speech for Best Drama (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) was short but eloquent, paying tribute first to J. R. R. Tolkien whose book inspired the trilogy. He ‘closed’ the awards ceremony with consummate ease and plenty of class. Earlier, Bill Murray had the audience laughing with a short, black comedy routine in which he explained he didn’t have to thank his agents because he’d fired them, and as for the studio, “there are so many people claiming credit for this film I don’t know where to begin.” But he did make a point of thanking Sofia Coppola for the screenplay and his character in particular.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King went home with four Globes, Lost In Translation three (the two being the winners of the Best Film awards in their respective categories) and Mystic River won 2; Cold Mountain, Something’s Gotta Give and Monster won one each – all by female actors.

Finding Nemo was a hot favourite for the Best Comedy award, despite Lost In Translation being equally outstanding – but in a different way. This underscores how the Globes, as do the Oscars even more so, fail to recognise today’s diversity of filmmaking with structures that were first set up in the simpler times of being Hollywood’s internal affair: it was an event where people worked in ‘this town’. Today, all movie awards are modelled on this antique structure, which is like building skyscrapers with mud and straw.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Cold Mountain
Mirage Enterprises/Bona Fide Prods.; Miramax Films 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - WINNER
Wingnut Films; New Line Cinema 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Twentieth Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax Films; 
Twentieth Century Fox/Miramax Films/UniversalPictures

Mystic River
Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures

Larger Than Life/Kennedy-Marshall Prods.; Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cate Blanchett - Veronica Guerin
Nicole Kidman - Cold Mountain
Scarlett Johansson - Girl with a Pearl Earring
Charlize Theron - Monster - WINNER
Uma Thurman - Kill Bill – Vol. 1 
Evan Rachel Wood - Thirteen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Russell Crowe - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 
Tom Cruise - The Last Samurai
Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law - Cold Mountain
Sean Penn - Mystic River - WINNER

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 
Bend It Like Beckham
Kintop Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures 

Big Fish
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

Finding Nemo
Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Lost in Translation - WINNER
American Zoetrope/Elemental Films; Focus Features 

Love Actually
Working Title/Dna Films; Universal Pictures/Studiocanal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jamie Lee Curtis - Freaky Friday
Scarlett Johansson - Lost In Translation
Diane Keaton - Something’s Gotta Give - WINNER
Diane Lane - Under the Tuscan Sun
Helen Mirren - Calendar Girls

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 
Jack Black
- School of Rock
Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Bill Murray - Lost in Translation - WINNER
Jack Nicholson - Something’s Gotta Give
Billy Bob Thornton - Bad Santa

Best Foreign Language Film 
The Barbarian Invasions (Canada)

Cinemaginaire Inc./Pyramide Prods.; Miramax Films 

Good Bye, Lenin (Germany)
X Filme Creative Pool/Sony Classics

Monsieur Ibrahim (France)
Arp Prods./France 3 Cinema/Canal +; Sony Pictures Classics 

Osama (Afghanistan) - WINNER
Barmak Films; United Artists/Mgm Distribution Co. 

The Return (Russia)
Renfilm; Intercinema Art Agency

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Maria Bello
- The Cooler
Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April
Hope Davis - American Splendor
Holly Hunter - Thirteen
Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain - WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alec Baldwin
- The Cooler
Albert Finney - Big Fish
William H. Macy - Seabiscuit
Tim Robbins - Mystic River - WINNER
Peter Sarsgaard - Shattered Glass
Ken Watanabe - The Last Samurai

Best Director - Motion Picture 
Sofia Coppola
- Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood - Mystic River
Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - WINNER
Anthony Minghella - Cold Mountain
Peter Weir - Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Sofia Coppola
- Lost in Translation - WINNER
Richard Curtis - Love Actually
Brian Helgeland - Mystic River
Anthony Minghella - Cold Mountain
Jim Sheridan & Naomi
Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan
- In America

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
Danny Elfman - Big Fish
Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - WINNER
Gabriel Yared - Cold Mountain
Hans Zimmer - The Last Samurai

Best Original Song - Motion Picture 
“The Heart Of Every Girl” – Mona Lisa Smile 

Music By: Elton John
Lyrics By: Bernie Taupin

“Into The West”—The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King - WINNER
Music & Lyrics By: Howard Shore, Fran Walsh, Annie Lennox

“Man Of The Hour”—Big Fish
Music & Lyrics By: Eddie Vedder 

“Time Enough For Tears”—In America 
Music & Lyrics By: Bono, Gavin Friday And Maurice Seezer

“You Will Be My Ain True Love”—Cold Mountain
Music & Lyrics By: Sting

Published January 26, 2004

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