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.


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

Mulholland Drive
Les Films Alain Sarde.Asymmetrical Prods.; Universal Pictures/Studio Canal


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

Gosford Park
Sand Castle 5/Chicago Films; Usa Films

Legally Blonde
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

Moulin Rouge
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

Monsoon Wedding
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