A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge came out top in the nominations for the 59th Golden Globe Awards which were announced this morning (Dec 20) in Los Angeles. The films scored six nominations apiece, A Beautiful Mind leading the way in the best drama categories and Moulin Rouge in the musical or comedy category.
Gosford Park snagged five nominations and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring and Mulholland Drive four each.
The awards, voted on and presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are the best and most widely publicised harbinger of the Academy Award nominations which are announced on Feb 12. The Golden Globes will be presented at an annual banquet in Los Angeles on Jan 21.
A Beautiful Mind took nominations for best picture (drama), best director for Ron Howard, best actor (drama) for Russell Crowe, best supporting actress for Jennifer Connelly, best screenplay for Akiva Goldsman and best music for James Horner.
Moulin Rouge was nominated as best picture (musical or comedy), best director to Baz Luhrmann, best actor (musical or comedy) to Ewan McGregor, best actress (musical or comedy) to Nicole Kidman, best score to Craig Armstrong and best song for Come What May.
Kidman was one of two actors who took two nominations. Kidman was nominated for best actress in a drama for The Others as well as for Moulin Rouge. Meanwhile Billy Bob Thornton was nominated for best actor in a drama for The Man Who Wasn't There and best actor in a musical or comedy for Bandits.
Shut out from the Globes, however, were several high profile pictures, among them Ridley Scott's acclaimed Black Hawk Down, Steven Soderbergh's Oceans Eleven, Chris Columbus' Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, Gillian Armstrong's Charlotte Gray, Jessie Nelson's I Am Sam with its lead performance by Sean Penn, Monsters Inc, Ray Lawrence's Australian drama Lantana, Fred Schepisi's Last Orders and Iain Softley's K-Pax.
Even some of the most highly touted films of the season failed to net picture or director nominations such as Michael Mann's Ali, Lasse Hallstrom's The Shipping News, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky and Marc Forster's Monster's Ball.
In a year when Hollywood's end-of-year prestige pictures have generally disappointed, a trio of small independent movies fared well. David Lynch's Mulholland Drive took picture (drama), director, screenplay and music nominations; Todd Field's In The Bedroom was nominated in picture (drama), actress (drama) and supporting actress categories; the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There got recognised with picture (drama), actor (drama) and script nominations.
If it was a poor year for Hollywood, there was an embarrassment of riches in the foreign film category, one of the most competitive in recent memory. Miramax Films snared two, one for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie and one for Walter Salles' Behind The Sun, while United Artists scored with Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land, IFC Films with Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien and USA Films with Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding.
Among the foreign films excluded from the Globes are Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Son's Room directed by Nanni Moretti, Jan Sverak's Dark Blue World and Inuit film Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner.
BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
A Beautiful Mind
Imagine Entertainment; Universal Pictures/DreamWorks
In The Bedroom
Good Machine Productions; Miramax Films
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Wingnut Films; New Line Cinema
The Man Who Wasn't There
Working Title; USA Films
Les Films Alain Sarde.Asymmetrical Prods.; Universal Pictures/Studio Canal
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
Halle Berry - Monster's Ball
Judi Dench - Iris
Nicole Kidman - The Others
Sissy Spacek - In The Bedroom
Tilda Swinton - The Deep End
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
Will Smith - Ali
Kevin Spacey - The Shipping News
Billy Bob Thornton - The Man Who Wasn't There
Denzel Washington - Training Day
Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Bridget Jones's Diary
Working Title Production; Miramax Films
Sand Castle 5/Chicago Films; Usa Films
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox
Pdi/Dreamworks Prods.; Dreamworks Pictures
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Thora Birch - Ghost World
Cate Blanchett - Bandits
Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge
Reese Witherspoon - Legally Blonde
Renee Zellweger - Bridget Jones's Diary
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Gene Hackman - The Royal Tenenbaums
Hugh Jackman - Kate & Leopold
Ewan Mcgregor - Moulin Rouge
John Cameron Mitchell - Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Billy Bob Thornton - Bandits
Best Foreign Language Film
Victoires Production; Miramax Zoe
Behind The Sun
Arthur Cohn Productions; Miramax Films
Ifc Prods./Key Films/Pandora Films/Paradis Films (Of Mirabai Films); Usa Films
No Man's Land
Noe Productions; United Artists
Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too)
Anhelo Producciones; Ifc Films
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Jennifer Connelly - A Beautiful Mind
Cameron Diaz - Vanilla Sky
Helen Mirren - Gosford Park
Maggie Smith - Gosford Park
Marisa Tomei - In The Bedroom
Kate Winslet - Iris
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Jim Broadbent - Iris
Steve Buscemi - Ghost World
Hayden Christensen - Life As A House
Ben Kingsley - Sexy Beast
Jude Law - A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Jon Voight - Ali
Best Director - Motion Picture
Robert Altman - Gosford Park
Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind
Peter Jackson - The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Baz Luhrmann - Moulin Rouge
David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
Steven Spielberg - A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - The Man Who Wasn't There
Julian Fellowes - Gosford Park